Saturday, September 21st, 2019, 1-4pm
At Alexander Park, 1333 Walnut Street in Fernwood, everyone welcome, kid friendly activities, free, we are marking World Rivers Day
We celebrate the Rock Bay Creek Watershed and all the watershed beings that depend upon clean fresh water. Through three City of Victoria My Great Neighbourhood Grants, we have designed and installed three interpretive signs at the creek source and along its route. We celebrate the creek, the neighbourhoods through which it flows, and the inspirited energy of all who have worked with us. Many thanks to the children whose art is featured on our signs.
Rock Bay Creek Revival Community Watershed Project gratefully thanks and recognizes the guidance of Esquimalt and Songhees Nations on whose unceded Lekwungen territories we live, learn, and work. We offer our deepest gratitude to the Nations for the opportunity to learn and grow in community.
We imagine Rock Bay Creek watershed as it was: hills clad with Garry oak, cedar, and Douglas fir, clear water sparkling in the creeks, spring camas turning the cultivated fields blue.
Rock Bay Creek rises in Fernwood, flows through Hillside Quadra, Burnside Gorge, and empties into Rock Bay, draining from North Park and Oaklands. In the late 1890s, creeks became garbage dumps and carriers of disease. Rock Bay Creek was culverted to facilitate development and promote health. Once underground, it was lost to memory. Now we are learning to think like a watershed, linking water neighbours through geography, history, and creative thinking and doing. Watershed thinking reminds us that we are all reliant on clean water–from the smallest creatures to the largest. Water is the basic need of every living being on this earth.
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