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March 17, 2016

World Water Day: March 22

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 23 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world every year, shining the spotlight on a different issue. In 2016, the International Labour Organization coordinates World Water Day on behalf of UN-Water
On World Water Day, people everywhere show that they care and that they have the power to make a difference. They get inspired by information and use it to take action and change things. This year many will focus on the power that water and jobs have to transform people’s lives. Nearly all jobs are related to water and those that ensure its safe delivery. But today, millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or even protected by basic labour rights. This needs to change. Watch the film.


Film Screening: Watermark
March 19, 1pm
FortWhyte Alive, 1961 McCreary Road

This documentary pairs beautiful cinematography from around the world, with stories of how we connect with our most precious resource. Free with regular admission.
Showcase: Jobs in Manitoba's Water Sector
March 21, 5:30pm
Manitoba Hydro Place, 
360 Portage Avenue

The CWRA Manitoba Branch is partnering with Canadian Water Network's Student and Young Professional Committee to host a Panel Discussion for World Water Day. Seven panelists will highlight jobs in Manitoba’s water sector by each discussing their career, and providing insight to students and young professionals. In addition to the panel discussion, there will be plenty of opportunity for networking. Food and refreshments will be provided. Register by Friday, March 18. 

Water Festival
March 22, 9:00am - 5:00pm - Polo Park Mall
March 29, 12:00pm - 5:00pm - St. Vital Mall

Join the Manitoba Conservation Districts Association and explore our local watersheds through play! Find out about groundwater, erosion, and everything connected in our watershed.
Debate: How do you solve a problem like Lake Winnipeg? 
March 22, 6:30pm
Winnipeg Free Press Cafe, 237 McDermot Avenue

What does a healthy Lake Winnipeg look like? What should the next provincial government be doing to protect it? How can Winnipeggers get involved? Join the International Institute for Development and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation for a lively debate.

Film Screening: One River, Many Relations
March 22, 7pm
EcoCentre, 3rd Floor, 303 Portage Avenue

Join local experts and the filmmaker for a film screening and discussion. One River Many Relations highlights both the benefits and the harms associated with the Oil Sands from the experience and insights of the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Dene people of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Fort Chipewyan in Alberta, Canada.


Learn about local water ecosystems and win!

What better time to engage your class in learning about your local watershed that World Water Day and Canada Water Week? RBC-Evergreen is offering eight awards of $2,500 and one grand prize award of $3,500 to publicly-funded classes (K–12) across Canada, just for learning about water! Deadline is April 8. More information and apply today.

World Water Day toolkit

Join the Blue Dot Movement on World Water Day to call on the federal government to respect, protect and fulfill our right to clean water. This tool kit includes resources, tips and tools to help you take action. 

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