Photo by Sophie Richards
Past River Clinics Programs
River Clinic 2021
Geared toward university students and early career conservation professionals, this virtual River Clinic offered an opportunity to explore career paths, network and learn about Watershed CPR (Connect, Protect, Restore) from environmental professionals working on resiliency-building projects and initiatives in the Fraser Watershed.
The hour-long sessions were not typical webinar-style presentations – they were interactive opportunities to connect with like-minded students and professionals. The sessions featured professionals working in the fields of:
• Indigenous governance
• Restoration, research biology and land-use planning
• Conservation education and interpretation
• Community engagement and organizing, and more!
River Clinic for Environmental Leaders
Students from campuses across the Lower Fraser Region were mobilized to act on Watershed CPR through this three-day program.
Travelling by voyageur canoe down the Fraser River from Glen Valley Regional Park in Abbotsford to McDonald Beach in Richmond, participants engage in team building activities, workshops and critical discussions.
These Watershed Champion students develop strong relationships with their rivershed and each other, while sharing about current sustainability projects, learning from Kwikwetlem Nation leaders and engaging with local stewards.
Partners for RCEL have included: UBC, SFU, KPU, Douglas College and the Kwikwetlem First Nation.
River Clinic for Empowered Youth
A 5-day program that empowered students to be Watershed Defenders.
Participants are led through Watershed CPR workshops with guest speakers, group discussions and leadership activities– all with the backdrop of a wilderness expedition in the Nechako Rivershed. Participants spend the first day on Hogsback Lake, completing a Level 1 Voyager Paddle Course by certified guides In 26’ canoes, they spend the following days traveling on the Upper Nechako River.
Through the journey they develop outdoor skills, leadership capabilities, and an understanding of how to apply Watershed CPR in the Nechako Watershed.
Afterward, a delegation from this program presents their experience to the Nechako Watershed Roundtable RCEY partners have included: School District 91, Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, and the Nechako Watershed Roundtable.