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Latest News - SPLASH : Celebrating Water for Canada's 150
We are hosting SPLASH on April 22nd (Earth Day) that celebrates Canada’s history and diversity through a water lens, and with a focus on three themes: Love, Stories, and Place.
- Love: We will run a campaign to engage school-age students to write love letters to Canada’s waters (starting on Valentine’s Day), and this will culminate in the creation of a community art piece built out of the collected love letters during the event. We hope this expression of love will be contagious, supported by local schools, media, and partner organizations.
- Stories: Everyone has a story to tell. This event will also feature a “living library” where participants can “sign out” a person from a library collection. We will invite people from a wide range of backgrounds to become our “living books” and share their stories. Through intimate conversations, living books will introduce participants to a variety of worldviews and life experiences, all while linking to a common element: Canada's water.
-Place: We will host the event at Historic Fort Normandeau, and invite participants to learn about the ways in which water and the natural environment have shaped our individual and collective experiences through Canada’s history. Canada’s history is closely related to water. Many Canadian towns and cities began as settlements near rivers, and the growth of our industries – forestry, agriculture, oil and gas, and more – has been made possible by Canada’s ample supply of clean, fresh water. Closer to home in Alberta, Red Deer began as a river crossing. First Nations and later Métis people used the Red Deer River crossing as a gateway between northern and southern Alberta, and today this location is home to Fort Normandeau, a site that marks the intersections between Canada’s history and our natural waterways.
Moving forward, the health and prosperity of Canadian communities will continue to rely on shared water resources and on the health of our watersheds. We hope this event will rekindle community connections with the land and with one another. It is about reigniting our community’s love and respect for the water that has shaped Canada’s history and the water that will, undoubtedly, shape our future. This includes the role of water in reconciliation across the country. Water. Love. Stories. Place.
These are elements that connect people to one another and to place. This event will be a powerful reminder and celebration of how connected we are.
For more information or to volunteer contact the RDRWA at (403)340-7379.