Meet the Faces of the Fraser

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The Fraser River Discovery Centre‘s Faces of the Fraser series is an informal opportunity for the community to engage with people on the river, and learn more about the role played by the mighty Fraser in our daily lives.

Speakers offer a presentation on their topic, followed by a casual Q&A session with the audience. Previous speakers have included local historian Archie Miller, Fraser River Pilot Mike Armstrong and representatives from the Floating Home Association of BC.

Faces of the Fraser - Lessa

Faces of the Fraser

Where: Online until further notice (Zoom)
When: Next event is Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:00pm
Tickets: Registration is by donation

Fernando Lessa combines his skills as a photographer with a passion for outdoor activities and the natural world to document the important relationships between humankind and nature. On April 7th, he will present a webinar on his documentary film “Urban Salmon“, a collaborative project created with the support of Take a Stand for Conservation and The Watershed Watch Salmon Society. The result of four years of photography and research, “Urban Salmon” highlights the existence and revival of wild pacific salmon in the Metro Vancouver Watershed. Fernando’s work encourages all of us to reconsider our place in the Fraser Watershed’s ecosystems, which may be far closer and more fragile than we realize.

Fraser River Discovery Centre

The Fraser River Discovery Centre (“FRDC”), at 788 Quayside Drive in New Westminster, is currently open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Current exhibits include:

Journey Through the Working River – telling the economic story of the living, working Fraser River through the FRDC’s sustainability lens. It is a world-class educational exhibit that personalizes the Fraser for everyone.

My River My Home – The exhibit is a global exchange of children’s artwork, developed as part of a collaborative, scientific research project between Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of the Fraser Valley.

Experience The Fraser – A fun interactive mini riverine trail system that promotes the opportunities and experiences the Lower Fraser River corridor has to offer.

*click* Photos of the Fraser – From the Rocky Mountains to the Salish Sea, the 1375km stretch of the Fraser River is home to almost 3 million people, each with an unique view of the river. *click* photos of the fraser brings together a collection of these points of view in an annual display of photographs submitted by our visitors. This year’s theme is Life on the Fraser.

I Spy – This permanent interactive exhibit on the working river highlights economic activity along the Fraser River. A series of panels are combined with a lookout to observe the diverse range of vessels and industries that ply their trade up and down the Fraser.

Our Bones are Made of Salmon – This exhibit is designed around the memories and experiences of Musqueam Elder Larry Grant and Stó:lō Cultural Advisor Dr. Sonny McHalsie. Through their stories and replicas of Indigenous salmon fishing tools, visitors will learn about the different fishing and preservation techniques and why salmon fishing is vital to Aboriginal communities today.

Follow the FRDC on Facebook for more info about Faces of the Fraser and more programming.

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