Event Advisory - 10th anniversary celebration of the Humber as a Canadian Heritage River

    TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - On September 19th, First Nations leaders,
elected officials, local advocacy groups and residents will join together in a
grand celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Humber River's designation as
a Canadian Heritage River. The Humber River is the only Canadian Heritage
River of the nine watersheds in the Greater Toronto Area. It is also the only
Canadian Heritage River that is part of a select group of 41 historically
important and specifically protected watercourses in the country, that has a
subway stop along its path and that flows through Canada's most densely
populated area of more than three million people. Its rich cultural history
includes First Nations people, as well as key historical figures such as
Brûlé, Champlain, LaSalle, Rousseaux, Quetton St-George and more.
    After many years of effort from citizens, community groups and government
agencies, the Humber received it's designation in 1999 from the Canadian
Heritage Rivers System (CHRS), an intergovernmental program led by Parks
Canada. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the CHRS is Canada's national river
conservation program which gives national recognition to Canada's outstanding
rivers and ensures long-term management that conserves their natural, cultural
and recreational heritage. The Humber River was designated for the significant
human heritage contribution that it made to the exploration and settlement of
the Toronto region and the country.
    This celebration will focus on urban watershed issues, natural history,
and future directions for the Humber in the city, as well as honouring those
people - past, present and future - who work to protect and enhance the
Humber's natural and human heritage as well as recreational resources.

    Date: Saturday, September 19, 2009
    Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    8:30-10:30 a.m.: Historic Bike tour of Toronto's old French Forts and
Humber River Run to arrive at Etienne Brulé Park, birds of prey exhibit,
reptile display, mock archaeology dig and stewardship activities
    10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m: Drumming ceremony, First Nations prayer, opening
ceremony, The Humber River Shakespeare Theatre Group to perform vignettes
relevant to the history of the Humber River; plaque unveiling; performance of
a special song created for the anniversary.
    12:30- 2:00 p.m.: refreshments and exhibits including Sciensational
Sssnakes, Canadian Raptor Conservancy, tree planting
    1:00 p.m. A walking tour of the historical park and an historic voyageur
canoe tour of Humber Valley

    Location: Etienne Brûlé Park, Old Mill Road off Bloor Street, Toronto.
(Easily accessible from the Old Mill subway station)

    Who: Honourable Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources; Mayor
David Miller; Doug Stewart, Chair of the Canadian Heritage Rivers Board; Gerri
Lynn O'Connor Chair, Toronto and Region Conservation; Brian Denney, CAO,
Toronto and Region Conservation

    Toronto and Region Conservation

    With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our
vision is for The Living City(R), where human settlement can flourish forever
as part of nature's beauty and diversity. For more information, call
416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca

For further information:

For further information: For media information and registration contact:
Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation,
T: (416) 661-6600 ext 5632, C: (416) 358-3446, E: rcalpito@trca.on.ca

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