World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world's waterways. It has been over 40 years since world-renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo, founded BC Rivers Day, which eventually evolved into World Rivers Day, now one of the world’s largest environmental events. This year it falls on September 26, 2021.
The rivers and waterways in our community connect us all - providing drinking water, recreational opportunities, a home to a range of species, and ecosystems and an important piece of our history and culture - they are the lifeblood of our land.
Join us as we celebrate together over this next week of personal challenges, information sharing and community engagement.
Monday, September 20 - RESPECT
We respectfully acknowledge that we are privileged to gather, work and play on the Traditional Territories of the Coast Salish Peoples including the Snuneymuxw and Snaw-Naw-As First Nations.
"The First Nations peoples of North America have a special relationship with water, built on their subsistence ways of life that extends back thousands of years. Their traditional activities depend on water for transportation,
for drinking, cleaning, purification, and provides habitat for the plants and animals they gather as medicines and foods. Their ability to access good water shapes these traditional activities and their relationships
with their surroundings. As Indigenous peoples, First Nations recognize the sacredness of their water, the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of protecting their water from pollution, drought and waste."
Assembly of First Nations
The Nanaimo Art Gallery
has the pleasure of presenting huli u’tu staluẃ / Riverbed ,
a series of walks, workshops, performances, and projects taking place along the Millstone River until October 2021. Flowing through the middle of the city, the Millstone River is a significant waterway for all who live and have lived alongside it, ecological systems and communities of people alike. huli u’tu staluẃ / Riverbed
foregrounds the environmental and cultural resonance of this site.
Find out what is happening in your community region and beyond, regarding stream stewardship and water resource management and protection? Find out more from groups such as a Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC (PWSBC), a driving force connecting the dots of shared knowledge, inspiration, innovation and challenges of water stewardship in a changing climate.
Or watch this video below, the third of three videos, "International Year of the Salmon - Will Lightning Strike Twice", part of the “2020 Virtual Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate” features Dr. Kim Hyatt and Nick Leone of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Dr. Peter Tschaplinski and Neil Goeller of the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.