Nanaimo River Stewardship Symposium

September 23-25th, 2011


With our partners, VIU, The City of Nanaimo, the RDN, SWACA and MISSI, NALT hosted a symposium on the weekend of Rivers’ Day 2011. Beginning on Friday evening and ending early Sunday afternoon, all who attended were asked to share their knowledge, experience and information about the various values supported by the Nanaimo river watershed.


On Friday, well in excess of two hundred people were treated to the premiere of Paul Manly’s video, Voices of the River. The highlight of the symposium for many was an impassioned reminder of the obligations spelled out in the Douglas Treaty delivered by Snuneymuxw First Nation Band Councillor,  Bill Yoachim. The evening concluded with an entertaining and informative presentation by Bob McDonald of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks.


Saturday began with an address about the successes of and lessons learned by the Cowichan River Community Watershed Board. Craig Wightman, Tom Rutherford and Rodger Hunter illustrated some of the steps, strategies and challenges experienced while implementing community stewardship of the Cowichan River watershed. Then five panellist presented some of the findings of the Nanaimo River Watershed Baseline Report (Click here to download a draft copy, 7mb).


The symposium attendees then went in to five break-out groups to begin the process of envisioning community stewardship of the values of water, fish, terrestrial environment, the estuary and recreation.


On Sunday, the symposium reconvened to present the recommendations of each group.


A summary of those finding will soon be available on this site. Please check back.


A working group will meet on November 19th to discuss the next steps in the process.




The NRS Symposium would not have been possible without

Our Partners

 Vancouver Island University City of Nanaimo
 Regional District of Nanaimo   
Mid-Island Sustainability & Stewardship Initiative  South Wellington Area Community Association

Our Sponsors



 RBC Blue Water Project Mid Island Co-Op     
David Stanley


     West Coast Helicopters

Eva & Jim Manly


Arrowsmith Bikes

Alberni Outpost

Island Natural Markets

HarmacWildPlay Element Parks


Coastland Wood Industries