The CREATE H2O program includes five pillars offering in-depth training.
Within each of these pillars, there are many options from which students may choose. For each student accepted into the program, the pillar requirements are tailored to the student’s educational background, degree course requirements, and the focus area the student wishes to pursue in First Nations water and sanitation security.
Each student accepted into the program is assigned two professors who will act as mentors. Along with the CREATE H2O program co-ordinator, these professors will assist students in designing the pillar structure and activities that best match each student’s career path and goals.
Undergraduate students must choose between a relevant research-based project (Pillar 1) and a professional work term (Pillar 5). In addition, undergraduate students are required to complete 8 portfolio units across at least two of the other three program pillars before you graduate. Graduate students are required to conduct research on water or sanitation security that leads to a thesis that meets the criteria of their graduate degree program (Pillar 1). In addition, graduate students are required to accumulate 22 portfolio units across at least three of the other four program pillars by the time they graduate.
|Pillar 1 - Research project and dissemination in collaboration with one or more First Nation communities.||Undergraduate Students will often complete a summer research internship Graduate Students Required thesis or dissertation||All students will be required to present work at the annual summer CREATE H2O conference. (The first one in June 2014 will be at the University of Manitoba.)|
|Pillar 2 – Water sciences and wastewater systems knowledge||Courses, workshops, conference presentations||Courses already completed by students as part of their degree program may qualify. See approved undergraduate and graduate courses and workshops. Graduate students may take undergrad courses, if approved by their supervisor. There may also be opportunities to participate in specialized instruction, for example, specialized lab training, including through assisting other H2O participants with their lab work.|
|Pillar 3 – Indigenous theory, law and methodology skills||Courses, workshops, conference presentations||Courses already completed by students as part of their degree program may qualify. See approved and graduate courses and workshops.|
|Pillar 4 – Professional development and leadership training||Consists of courses, workshops & outreach activities||Workshops may include those offered by:
|Pillar 5 – Professional work terms and internships||Trainee, academic supervisors and firms providing the work term will determine the details||Terms from one to four months may be available with:|
(See this student's sample spreadsheet showing calculation of pillar units and approval signature slots.)Note that these are general examples. Each student’s background will be assessed by supervisors at the start of the program to design a specific set of unit requirements that will complement the student’s strengths. For example, students without extensive First Nations experience may require more Indigenous knowledge training, while those with a natural resources background may benefit from exposure to engineering methods. Pillar plans are subject to approval by the H2O steering committee.