By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Cornwall and area share plenty with its neighbours in Akwesasne, the biggest resource being the St. Lawrence River.
The majestic St. Lawrence River.
The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) is inviting the public to explore the river's health in a series of activities and an information exchange at 'We All Love the River' (Iakwanonhwes ne Kaniatarehere in Mohawk) on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Iohahi:io: Adult Education Building in Snye from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event is hosted by the MCA Environment Program in partnership with this year’s Akwesasne Winter Carnival and the St. Lawrence River Restoration Council.
"This river is the history and heart of the Mohawk people," said Henry Lickers, environmental science officer with the MCA.
Presentations and exhibits from MCA and their partners will focus on a variety of river-related programs including the wide array of fish species and wildlife living in and along the shores.
Special guests include Turtle Island Conservation Project from the Toronto Zoo, Thousand Islands National Park and the Canadian Film Premiere, 'The Voices of Akwesasne,' Akwesasne Archeological Field School, as well as the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences.
“We all have a common interest in the health of the St. Lawrence and how the river affects our environment because it influences the health, economic and social values of each one of us and our families,” says River Institute executive director, Dr. Jeff Ridal. “We are grateful to the MCA for this opportunity and look forward to participating in this event.”
We All Love the Water (Iakwanonhwes ne Kaniatarehere) will feature hands-on displays, exhibits, a free chili lunch, coffee, snacks, giveaways and door prizes, including a Riot Escape 9 Kayak from Trailhead Paddleshack in Ottawa.
Canadian visitors can find their way by taking the Seaway International Bridge at Cornwall and travelling New York State Hwy 37 east through Hogansburg until the road crosses back into Canada, following the Akwesasne Winter Carnival signs into Snye.