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Indigenous Water Project

Pimatisiwin Nipi (“Living Water”) Group

“When we started it was a drop in the bucket, just one small community.
Now it is spreading. The support for the gift of water keeps spreading, helping more and more people.”

– Archbishop Mark MacDonald, Indigenous Anglican Church of Canada

Pimatisiwin Nipi

In this video, Archbishop Mark MacDonald reflects on his work as our National Indigenous Archbishop, on the history of Indigenous Water Projects in Canada, and why the need in our Indigenous communities is now more urgent than ever.

Faith communities across Canada have, since 2013, oriented our Gift Giving to respond to the URGENT need for water in Indigenous communities – a basic human right.

Archbishop Mark MacDonald, the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop of Canada, has brought a group of representatives together from churches and community groups with interests in the Indigenous communities in Canada. The group was initiated because there were concerns from many of Archbishop Mark’s contacts regarding the lack of good drinking water in First Nations’ communities and how ordinary Canadians could effect change.

Archbishop Mark’s group, now known as Pimatisiwin Nipi (“Living Water”) Group, supported PWRDF’s water program in the Northern Ontario community of Pikangikum as it worked to achieve the Four Pillars in their work together: Advocacy, Education, Partnership and Strategic Giving. Since 2013, Pimatisiwin Nipi Group partnered with Pikangikum and with PWRDF to install safe drinking water and indoor plumbing in the homes that need it the most.

The generous offerings and training of previous years make it possible for the community of Pikangikum to move to the next phase on its own.

Read Rev. Canon Martha Tatarnic’s reflection on the work of Pimatisiwin Nipi

In 2020, Indigenous communities across Canada had to drastically adapt to living in a pandemic, with increasing isolation and diminished community resources a tragic cost to trying to keep COVID- 19 at bay. Our Indigenous networks hear of youth suicides and overdoses on a daily basis. The resources that they would normally bring in to help communities cope, including pastoral care, couldn’t be brought in because of COVID-19. Across Indigenous communities is a tsunami of pain, grief and difficulty.

Last year, our fundraising supported more First Nations communities across Ontario thanks to a new partnership between PWRDF and Water First, an organization that addresses water challenges in Indigenous communities in Canada through education, training and meaningful collaboration. More than $60,000 was raised for this partnership that identified and supported Indigenous youth gain hands-on experience in the operation and maintenance of drinking water infrastructure in their local communities.

Our campaign for 2021

This year, our work expands to begin the Mishamikoweesh Water Partnership. Mishamikoweesh includes 25 First Nations in Northern Ontario and Manitoba, across which water safety is a critical need. 

Mishamikoweesh leaders identify clean water as central to their vision of a good life for their people. In response, this partnership will: 

  • engage Mishamikoweesh leaders, and with PWRDF support, to develop Indigenous-led, high impact water projects across these Northern communities. 
  • work toward the goal of Indigenous communities being able to access fresh and safe drinking water, prioritizing their connection to the abundance of the land. 

Join the Advent Conspiracy

During this season of Advent, Pimatisiwin Nipi invites all of its networks to GIVE Christmas presents differently to their loved ones, to BUY LESS & GIVE MORE. Rather than buying “stuff” this year, give the gift of water to communities in Canada in need of clean, running water.

It’s easy to participate in the Advent Conspiracy, a global movement of Christians to reclaim the true generosity and transformative power of Jesus’ love this Christmas.

Advent Conspiracy Steps

  1. Ask yourself what you would normally spend on a Christmas gift for someone you love.
  2. Don’t buy “stuff” this year, give the gift of water!
  3. Make a donation to PWRDF’s Indigenous Water Partnership (through your church or directly to PWRDF)
  4. Take or download a Gift Card.
  5. Give that Gift Card to your loved one this Christmas to tell them how much you love them!

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Give to PWRDF’s Indigenous Water Partnership:

  • Online
  • By Phone
    Call PWRDF toll-free at 1-866-308-7973. Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.
  • By Mail
    Please make your cheque payable to “PWRDF Mishamikoweesh Water Project” and send it to:
    The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
    The Anglican Church of Canada
    80 Hayden Street
    Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 3G2

In cases where donations exceed what is needed or where local conditions prevent program implementation, PWRDF will redirect funds to similar activities to help people in need. One percent of designated funds will be set aside for program monitoring and evaluation costs.