You’ll recall that the river was designated a Canadian Heritage River last year, and we’re excited to see Quebec also recognizing its historical importance. The move comes after Ottawa Riverkeeper, with the help of many of our Québec supporters, nominated the river for the designation under Québec’s Loi sur le patrimoine culturel.
Fittingly, the designation was announced onboard a boat in the middle of the newly designated river, with representatives from three levels of government in attendance: Minister of Culture and Communications Luc Fortin, MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers, and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, representing the Quebec, Ontario, and Federal governments respectively.
It was an exciting moment, as we witnessed the power of collaboration in recognizing and protecting our river. We were reminded of the dedicated citizens from Ontario and Quebec, starting with those of the Ottawa Valley, who have been pushing for formal recognition of the historical value of the Ottawa River for years, including at the 2015 Ottawa River Summit convened by Ottawa Riverkeeper. Thank you to all of you.
We have long decried that there is no common vision nor common action plan for the Ottawa River Watershed. But today’s events proved that this can change. We will continue in this vein as we work towards convening a Watershed Council, which will bring together key players in our watershed, with a focus on cooperation between all sectors of our river. You can read more about this project here.
Looking for a great way to celebrate this announcement? What better way than on the river! Our Ride the River! Parade and Picnic is LESS than 3 weeks away! Register today before spots sell out!