‘Voices of the River’ is a 46 minute film which explores the historic and contemporary uses and values of the Nanaimo River watershed. It is the main source of drinking water for the city of Nanaimo. It is one of the most important ecological features of the mid island region comprising over 800 square kilometers and providing habitat to a wide range of wildlife including rare and endangered species. It is culturally and spiritually significant to the Snuneymuxw people. It is important for the fishing, forestry and tourism industries and it provides a wide range of recreational opportunities for local residents.
“The Nanaimo River is the lifeblood of the community.”
I’m hoping that this film and the chapter on the Nanaimo community drinking watershed in Troubled Water will motivate local folks to start pushing for the public ownership of our watershed and ensure its protection for future generations. The social, economic and environmental wellbeing of this community are dependent on our drinking water source and the health of the Nanaimo River ecosystem. Someone told me that they reserved this film at the library and they were #18 on the waiting list so I thought it was about time to make it a little more available for public viewing. Please share this with people who love the river and Nanaimo’s drinking water.