siwɬkʷ (Water) For All – Co-Creating Futures
MARCH 13 – 15, 2024REGISTER now
Join us as we embark on a transformative journey towards a sustainable water future.
This conference is a confluence of experts, visionaries, and community leaders, all united by a shared commitment to our precious aquatic ecosystems.
The Okanagan Basin Water Board and the Canadian Water Resources Association, BC Branch are excited to host siwłkʷ (WATER) FOR ALL – CO CREATING FUTURES Environmental Flows Conference 2024, March 13-15, 2024, in Kelowna, B.C.
This conference will bring together representatives from national and international organizations who are engaged in water management or research, including fisheries and water managers, First Nations, regulators, policy-makers, academia, funders and NGOs. The conference will cover several main themes and will focus on discussing the state of knowledge of Environmental Flows setting in B.C. and recent Environmental Flows related work in the Okanagan and elsewhere in Canada and the United States.
We are in a time of great change in water management in B.C. and across Canada, as governments move forward with reconciliation, and bring policies into line with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The upcoming Environmental Flows Conference, held March 13 – 15, 2024 in Kelowna, is a rare opportunity to get an insider’s view of how these changes are evolving, and what they mean for all water users.
Environmental Flows are emerging as the critical lens through which all water-related decisions will be viewed. This conference goes beyond discussing the implementation of Environmental Flows Needs (EFN) legislation, digging into the interplay between fisheries needs and the implications of water shortages, all exacerbated by climate change.
The way we allocate scarce water resources will be strongly influenced by Environmental Flows going forward. This makes it critical to hear from people working at all levels of government, from the agricultural industry, and from representatives of all sectors who extract water from streams and aquifers.
Be a part of this critically important conversation and help chart the future of water management.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and contribute your voice.
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- Launch and Reception – Pacific DataStream
- Bringing the Salmon Home
- Early Bird registration rates extended to January 31
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Strategic Foresight: Experience the power of forward-thinking as we employ the lens of Strategic Foresight to navigate the challenges and opportunities of our water ecosystems. Learn more.
Grassroots Initiatives: Discover community-led projects that are making waves in water sustainability.
Cutting-Edge Research: Stay updated with the latest research, technologies, and methodologies shaping water management’s future.READ more
Environmental Flows 2024 – March 13-15
Meet & greets
Reflections from syilx tradition
Call for Submissions
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Workshops, Field Trips & More
Community Projects Showcase
Day 3 (half-day)
Strategic Foresight & Indigenous-Led Conference Format: A Fusion of Tradition and Innovation
At the heart of the Environmental Flows Conference 2024 is our commitment to a facilitation approach seamlessly integrating strategic foresight with indigenous wisdom. Applying the Strategic Foresight process emphasizes the co-creation of trend cards, where participants collaboratively identify, discuss, and visualize emerging patterns in environmental flows. These cards, encapsulating the collective foresight of our community, will culminate in a comprehensive “Conference Trend Card Deck” by the end of our gathering.
But our approach goes beyond mere foresight. Drawing inspiration from the traditional Syilx (Okanagan) decision-making framework, Enowkinwixw, our conference format is a harmonious blend of expert presentations and interactive discussions. Handpicked for their diverse expertise and perspectives, speakers are organized thematically into concise panels. Each panelist delivers a brief 6 to 7-minute presentation, paving the way for guided small-group discussions.
By adopting this format, we aim to foster an environment where tradition meets innovation and every voice, whether echoing from the past or whispering of the future, finds a listening ear.REGISTER NOW
These discussions allow for the sharing of diverse perspectives, echoing the Syilx governance framework that encourages viewing issues from four distinct angles:
Tradition/Conventions: Symbolized by the Black Bear (Skemxist), the Chief of all land creatures, this perspective emphasizes the importance of historical wisdom and conventions.
Innovation/Vision: Represented by the Saskatoon Berry (Siya), the Chief of all things growing on land, this viewpoint champions forward-thinking and visionary ideas.
Relationships/Connections: Embodied by the Bitterroot (Spitlem), the Chief of all things beneath the ground, this angle stresses the interconnectedness of all things and the significance of relationships.
Action/Goal-Oriented: Signified by the King Salmon (Ntyxtix), the Chief of all aquatic creatures, this perspective focuses on actionable insights and goal-driven strategies.
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OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES
Environmental flows are the quantity, timing, and quality of water flows required to sustain freshwater ecosystems.LEARN MORE ABOUT environmental flows in the OKANAGAN