The ‘Knowing Water’ Symposium

Event Date(s): 
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Having clean water is essential to thriving communities, but what goes into understanding water? The Knowing Water Symposium on Wednesday, April 3rd will feature diverse subject matter experts who will present on the many aspects of knowing water. This symposium is free to register to, and invites all members of the community to come learn about Elk Valley water. 

The event will take place from 6:30-8:30pm at the Fernie Arts Station, with 5 presentations by representatives from Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi ‘it First Nation, the City of Fernie, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Living Lakes Canada, and the Elk River Alliance. Topics covered include Ktunaxa perspectives on knowing water, the history of Fernie drinking water, collecting water data, the importance of open and available data, and an overview of water data in the Elk Valley. 

“Clean water is tremendously important to the Elk Valley, and this symposium is an opportunity for the community to learn directly from experts,” said Evgeni Matveev, presenter and Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Elk River Alliance, “I think it’s really important for people to understand who works to understand our water, how they do it, and to get to ask questions.”

The event is hosted by the Elk River Watershed Collaborative Monitoring Program, a group of organisations working together to understand the watershed. Since 2022, the “Collaborative” has worked to bring many diverse voices into the same room.

“The goal of the Collaborative is to bring together different groups who have a vested interest in a healthy Elk River, and who have some knowledge of the watershed, to ‘feel the pulse’ of the river,” said Matveev, “this includes not only scientific knowledge, but Indigenous knowledge and local knowledge. As part of this work, engaging the community is an essential process to ensure we’re going in the right direction and reflecting community values.”

To learn more and register for the Knowing Water Symposium, visit


Fernie Arts Station