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The River Talks; A Gathering at Deshkan Ziibi (Friday)

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Museum London

421 Ridout Street North

London, ON N6A 5H4

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Come gather at Deshkan Ziibi/Thames River for three days of indoor and outdoor talks, walks, activations, and art focused on river ecology, hydrology, culture, history, conservation, and gender and social justice. River Talks will feature Indigenous leaders and water protectors, water managers, conservationists, environmentalists, activists, artists, and academics. The many “streams” of River Talks will flow together as people from across our watershed and beyond share stories about their work to re-imagine, renew, restore and respect our water-ways. The goal of the gathering is to excite and inform Londoners of all ages about the health and importance of our river.

Location: Museum London
Dates: October 18th to 20th
To Register: You are registering for events happening on Friday, Oct 19th at the River Talks. If you would also like to register for Thursday events and activities, please click here. After you select your ticket type, you will be prompted to pick out the sessions and activities you hope to participate in.

Free metal straws to the first 100 registrants for the event courtesy of Reimagine Co.


Friday October 19th (9:00am-4:00pm)

Enjoy the second day of speakers and activities at Museum London. Speakers and activities include:

  • Meredith Brown (Ottawa Riverkeeper) - Improving Ottawa's river quality
  • Autumn Peltier (Wikwemikong First Nation) - The Struggle for Clean Drinking Water
  • Leslee White-Eye, Amanda Doxtator, Wasayzee Deleary, Sam Whiteye (Anishinaabek, Lenaape, Oneida) - Indigenous women's perspectives on water
  • Patrick Donnelly (City of London) - London’s three Thames Rivers – the city’s place in the Watershed
  • Daniel Hsia (City of London) - One River / Back to the River Projects - how are they linked?
  • Barry Orr (City of London) - The Proper Care and Feeding of ‘your’ Sewer System – how to prevent “fatbergs’
  • Vanessa Gray (Aamjiwnaang) - Toxic Tours and chemical pollution of water
  • King's University College Students (Writing and Social Justice Depts) - Gender, Justice and the River: Student Panel
  • Raj Gill (Canadian Freshwater Alliance) - From toxic algae to micro-plastics, Lake Erie Guardians are stepping-up!
  • ReForest London Tree Hikes in Harris Park
  • and many more! Check out our website for more details and descriptions.

Friday October 19th (6:30pm-8:30pm)
Artistic collaboration by Melanie Schambach (facilitated by the London Arts Council) followed by our keynote Autumn Peltier, who is a 13-year-old from Wikwemikong First Nation / Manitoulin Island and is of Ojibway/Odawa heritage. Autumn is a Canadian water activist and she advocates for clean drinking in First Nations communities and across Mother Earth. She has travelled far and wide to carry the message of the importance of clean water. She has spoken at the United Nations, been honoured by the Assembly of First Nations as a water protector and recently travelled to Stockholm Sweden for World Water Week. She will speak about the issue of clean drinking water and the importance of water in indigenous culture.



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