First-ever Riverfest reconnects campus community with the Deshkan Ziibiing – Western News

First-ever Riverfest reconnects campus community with the Deshkan Ziibiing – Western News

by ahnationtalk on September 13, 202235 Views

Western’s campus is surrounded by natural beauty and through it flows one of the most biodiverse rivers in Canada.

This month, the community will have a chance to celebrate the Deshkan Ziibiing (Antler/Thames River) with Riverfest 2022, Western’s first-ever river festival hosted by the Office of Sustainability. The series of events encourage people to reconnect with the river, one of 10 “big moves” outlined in Western’s Open Space Strategy.

“We hope to reconnect people with the river and build that connection people can experience when they are out in nature,” said Jessica Cordes, sustainability engagement coordinator.

Inspired by a local River Talks event in 2018 co-organized by English and writing studies professor Tom Cull, Cordes along with sustainability engagement coordinators and new graduates Hira Jawaid, MES’22, and Madison Poultney, MES’22, teamed up with 16 campus and community partners to bring Riverfest 2022 to life.

Read More: https://news.westernu.ca/2022/09/first-ever-riverfest-deshkan-ziibiing/

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