Welcome to Our Living Rivers

“Rivers are the veins through which water – our lifeblood – flows.”*

The 6th Canadian River Heritage Conference, “Our Living Rivers: Linking Nature, People and Places through Time,” was held at the Government of Canada Conference Centre, in Ottawa, Ontario, from June 14-17, 2009.

Hosted by Parks Canada and various partners, the conference celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS) – Canada’s national river conservation and education program.

This flagship conference showcased successes, innovations, needs and challenges in river heritage conservation, as well as management, restoration, education, tourism, recreation and community leadership.

In celebration of the Our Living Rivers Conference, we are pleased to share information from some of the conference proceedings under Post-Conference. In this section you may view conference photographs, read concurrent session presentations and learn about the recipients of the 2009 National River Conservation Awards.

Message from the Chair of the 7th Canadian River Heritage Conference: "The 7th Canadian River Heritage Conference will be held in June, 2012 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island near the shores of the beautiful Hillsborough Canadian Heritage River. The Conference Committee looks forward to hosting you in the birthplace of our country with their renowned Island hospitality. More information about the conference will become available on this website over the coming years, so be sure to visit back often."

David Boyce
Canadian Heritage River Board member for Prince Edward Island

* Elder William Commanda, Algonquin Nation of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Quebec, Canada.

Enbridge  Canadian Museum of Civilization  Direction Ontario  Shell Canada
INAC  Environment Canada