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The Birch Bark Canoe – The Canadian Time Machine

posted Sep 12, 2019, 7:31 AM by Info BRWP   [ updated Sep 12, 2019, 7:33 AM ]


EVENT OF INTEREST
The Birch Bark Canoe – The Canadian Time Machine will be the next presentation of the Bromley Historical Society. The talk, on Saturday September 21st, will be given by well-known Whitewater residents Dave Fleming and Bob Whillans. It will begin at 2pm, in the Old Town Hall, Micksburg Road Osceola.

The canoe, a living testament to the ingenuity of First Peoples, is a powerful symbol in the Canadian imagination. Before the Europeans, canoes gave First Peoples the ability to travel in search of food, people, and to trade goods. When the colonists arrived, they adopted indigenous technologies such as the canoe, gaining access to people and resources, often with devastating consequences on indigenous peoples. The canoe also played a critical role in the surveying and mapping of the territory that became the Dominion of Canada.

This presentation will draw upon and pay homage to the skill of the First Nations people. It will give an overview of canoe construction and the use of different bark selections, spruce roots, hand split cedar and spruce gum.

Dave Fleming has been whittling since the age of six. Fascinated with the traditional snowshoes and birch bark canoes, he has been advised by Algonquin and Ojibway (Anishinaabe) builders. Bob Whillans, an avid canoe man since his youth, has a varied collection of vintage canoes, including several beautiful cedar and canvas ones and a heritage birch bark. An experienced paddle maker, he custom carves paddles to fit the user’s tastes and paddling styles.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Following the event, refreshments will be served.

Freshwater in Renfrew County - Short Survey

posted Aug 22, 2019, 3:39 PM by Info BRWP

Freshwater Partners Renfrew County is administering a 
survey to assist our local freshwater/watershed organizations understand what people know and think about rivers, lakes and streams in our region: their importance, perceived threats, and local level knowledge around resources, advocacy, and capacity.   

To help protect the freshwater in your watershed, please participate in the survey which can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YBL7RCV

Freshwater Partners Renfrew County is administering this survey on behalf of  the organizations listed below:

Bonnechere River Watershed Project

Ottawa River Institute
Algonquin College, Pembroke Campus
Renfrew County Water Quality Leadership Group
Muskrat Watershed Council
Ottawa Valley Tourist Association
Ottawa Riverkeeper
Watersheds Canada
Sustainable Eastern Ontario

Thank you for participating and please feel free to share.


Community Drumming Circle - June 1

posted May 28, 2019, 1:23 PM by Info BRWP

Join us on Saturday June 1st for this fantastic annual community drumming circle following the Celebrate Our Rivers paddle on the Bonnechere! No drumming or musical experience required!

Celebrate Our Rivers Paddle Series 2019

posted May 9, 2019, 7:32 AM by Info BRWP   [ updated Jun 24, 2019, 7:42 PM ]

The BRWP in partnership with the Ottawa River Institute is pleased to announce our 2019 Celebrate Our Rivers Paddles Series! We have 17 paddles scheduled for this summer and fall, including several new paddles and 4 on the heritage Ottawa River. Take a look and plan your summer paddles with us! More details here.

BRWP Annual General Meeting - May 8th

posted May 6, 2019, 6:35 AM by Info BRWP

The Bonnechere River Watershed Project invites you to our 19th Annual General Meeting, taking place on Wednesday May 8th in Deacon ON, at the Sands on Golden Lake.

4:15 pm Meet at the Sands for a (pre-bug) hike up the Deacon Escarpment for a spectacular view of the Bonnechere River valley between Round Lake and Golden Lake.

5:30 pm Dinner (optional) at the Sands.

6:30-7:45 pm The business meeting including receipt of the financial statements, elections and brief reports on the previous and upcoming year's activities. For those unable to attend in person, a Facebook Livestream can be arranged; please let us know if this would be of interest to you.

Memberships and donations for BRWP programs welcome.

For those of you who are interested, the Ottawa River Institute is holding their AGM at the Sands from 3:00-4:00 p.m. We have invited them to join us for the hike, dinner and our AGM.

Please RSVP if you are planning to attend any of these events. Thank you!

Renfrew County Stewardship Forum - April 16

posted Mar 26, 2019, 6:57 AM by Info BRWP   [ updated Mar 26, 2019, 7:09 AM ]

 
The Bonnechere River Watershed Project, as a partner in the Freshwater Partners Renfrew County initiative, is assisting with the 7th Renfrew County Stewardship Forum being held on April 16 in Renfrew. The forum is by invitation only, but sometimes a few important people are missed. If you feel like you would like to join in this conversation, 
please send an email. This forum is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

All Candidates Meetings This Fall

posted Sep 17, 2018, 7:05 AM by Info BRWP   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 1:05 PM ]

Plan to attend an all candidates meeting in your area this fall. Here is a list of locations and dates as we know them.

Municipal Election 2018 -All Candidates Meetings/Meet and Greets

Petawawa:

Thursday October 4th, 6:30 pm, Petawawa Civic Centre

Township of Madawaska Valley:

Thurs Oct 4 at 7:30pm, Openogo Seniors Centre

Greater Madawaska:

Thursday, Oct. 4 at the DACA Centre. at 7 p.m.

Arnprior:

Thursday, Oct. 4 from 7-9 at Arnprior District High School.

Whitewater Region:

 Oct. 10 from 7-9 p.m. at the Westmeath Hall.

Renfrew:

Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Renfrew Recreation Centre.

Admaston-Bromley:

St. Michael’s School in Douglas Monday, Oct. 15. 7 p.m


 

 

6th Annual Renfrew County Stewardship Forum

posted Apr 24, 2018, 8:36 AM by Info BRWP   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 8:49 AM ]


Join us for the 6th Annual Renfrew County Stewardship Forum, taking place on Wed. May 16, 8:30am-3pm, at the Renfrew Canadian Legion, 30 Raglan St in Renfrew. Discussions will be based on: Perspectives on Freshwater Issues in Renfrew County with representatives from Lake Property Associations, Municipal Government and Citizens Groups, and Collaborative Opportunities with representatives from not-for-profit organizations and others. The Forum will also see the launch of the new collaborative initiative, the Renfrew County Watershed Initiative. Please register at: info@bonnechereriver.ca - a fee of $20 will be collected at the door. The fee includes lunch. Everyone welcome! See poster here.

BRWP Annual General Meeting- April 18

posted Mar 27, 2018, 1:50 PM by Info BRWP


Bonnechere River Watershed Project's Annual General Meeting - Wed. April 18th, 1-4 pm, Renfrew Legion


The BRWP is Celebrating 20 Years of "Helping Ourselves to a Healthy Environment".

Please join us at our Annual General Meeting on Wed April 18th from 1-4 pm. at the Renfrew Legion. 

We would appreciate hearing feedback about the BRWP over those years to share at the AGM -  or as part of a written retrospective.

We are also interested in accepting new Board members - if you are interested in becoming a Director on the BRWP Board please contact us.  

Become a Water Ranger Guardian

posted Mar 27, 2018, 1:17 PM by Info BRWP

Our friends at Water Rangers are looking for water monitors in our region. They have citizen science water quality testkits and plants for 25 groups or individuals who live (or have property) on lakes, rivers and streams.  The groups will participate in easy challenges meant to make it fun and educational to learn about water quality! 


You need to apply by April 5 to be considered: https://waterrangers.ca/en/apply/

The BRWP has applied  - anyone interested in working with us on this project, please contact us asap. 

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