Protecting Water Together

Meet Joanne Jacyk

NWMO Water Steward

Water Stewardship

Water is a great teacher, with a voice and a story to tell.Through collaboration with Indigenous
Knowledge Holders, Elders, scientists, industry professionals, conservation authorities, youth and others, we continue to learn about water and can share our knowledge with one another and to others around the world.   

NWMO Water Steward Joanne Jacyk sees water as being all about connections – both personally and professionally. Whether she is kayaking with her family or simply hearing the river rush around her, it is when she feels most centered and balanced.

And at work, as Manager of Environment Program at the NWMO, she is dedicated to understanding how our water systems are connected. To her, continuing to learn how water flows through our environment is the first step towards protecting it.

Watch Ms. Jacyk’s story to learn more about how she and her team are working on environmental monitoring programs to collect data that will help protect the watersheds.

The NWMO’s water stewards:

• Elder Diane Longboat, Council of Knowledge Holders

• Melissa Mayhew, NWMO

• Dr. Bob Hanner, University of Guelph

• Jessica Perritt, Turtle Island Institute

• Eric Kremer, NWMO

• Alec Blyth, NWMO


Our Reconciliation Journey

Reconciliation matters. As Canadians, it ensures we learn from and address historic wrongs, and we work together to co-create a better future.

The NWMO is committed to continuing our Reconciliation journey. We know that working with Indigenous peoples, learning from Indigenous Knowledge, and applying learnings to our work are critical to successfully implementing the long-term management of used nuclear fuel.