January 12, 2022
Healthy Watersheds Initiative (HWI) is launching a newly developed Graphic Novel: We Are of Water on January 19, 2023 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PST) with Indigenous Illustrator Chenoa Gao.
Webinar Registration is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpde6gpz0rH9R4f-pJd0LaDz7XNU7SjHPd
The Indigenous voices and reflections illustrated in this graphic novel were gathered through the Healthy Watersheds Initiative (HWI). The purpose of the graphic novel is to provide visuals connected to voices and knowledge shared by indigenous elders, youth, and community members regarding watersheds and water. It provides a visual platform to share the work and stories of indigenous led watershed projects, while creating an educational and engaging resource. We hope these illustrated stories will amplify indigenous voices and experience, embrace and advance inter-generational learning between youth and elders, and foster future generations of water champions and stewards.
Webinar Info below:
At the webinar, HWI will launch the graphic novel and hear from the illustrator Chenoa Gao about her own journey through this work and her creative process. We are also planning to have a panel to hear from some of the individuals who are featured in the novel. This includes Mavis Underwood, our REFBC Board Governor and Chair of the HW Indigenous Leaders Advisory Circle. We are also working with School District 6 – Rocky Mountain – to involve a number of youth who will share some of their own learnings they took from the graphic novel. This webinar will inform us on the creation of a teacher’s and learning kit, which will be shared along with the completed comic.
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I acknowledge, with respect and gratitude, the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, as well as First Nations across British Columbia, on whose unceded and occupied territories I live, work, and learn.