About the Festival

We protect what we love. The annual 2Rivers Festival helps us to fall in love with our rivers over and over again.

Guelph’s river system is its most important ecological, cultural and recreational feature. The annual 2Rivers Festival is a forum to showcase and celebrate our two beautiful rivers and to engage our whole community in imagining how each one of us can become a vital participant in the regeneration of our river ecosystems.

We are pleased to again partner with a variety of community organizations throughout May and June to celebrate our cherished rivers, the Speed and the Eramosa. With 24 public events including music, indigenous river knowledge, hidden streams, art, rowing, yoga, river creatures, hikes, bikes and trees, you are sure to find a variety of experiences that you and your family will enjoy.

Our hope is that your participation in the Festival will encourage you to advocate for the protection and conservation of our water and our rivers. Your help will ensure that future generations will have the same opportunities to enjoy clean water and our healthy rivers all year long.

The Festival is a project of the Wellington Water Watchers, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection, restoration and conservation of source water in Guelph-Wellington.

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Territorial Acknowledgement

We humbly acknowledge and send our gratitude to the original ancestors of the territory through which the Speed and Eramosa Rivers course. The territories include the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/Chippewa, and Anishinabek, in addition to the Attawandaron neutral peoples. We’d like to recognize the enduring presence of Aboriginal peoples on this land and the history of the First Nations peoples and neighbouring First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples. Today there are a wide number of Indigenous
peoples who call this territory home under the Haldimand Tract Treaty with the Mississaugas of the New Credit.

We want to express solidarity with the 18 Indigenous communities affected by the Line 9 project, in addition to the 88 First Nations communities in Ontario currently under drinking water advisories.

We send our gratitude to the ancestors of this place who were stewards of the land and waters. We have much to learn from a worldview that perceives humans as caretakers – in contrast with the dominant worldview where many are simply takers. May we remember that we are guests here and that to become good ancestors ourselves means that we take on the responsibility of ensuring that we leave things better than we found them.

 

Thank you to the 2018 participating host organizations! Visit their websites to join these groups and participate in their other events throughout the year.

We would also like to acknowledge the important support of our 2018 advertising sponsors. Please thank them for their support of the Festival when using theirervices and purchasing their products.

Thank you to the volunteers who helping to make the 2Rivers Festival a success. A special thank you to the 2018 2Rivers Festival Steering Committee: Laura Andrighetti, Paul Botros, Emma Callon, Trista Forth, Jane Hudson, Leanne Johns, Stan Kozak, Debbie Kurt, Patti Maurice, Anissa McAlpine, Karen McKeown, Susan Ratcliffe, Arlene Slocombe and Cynthia Spring have dedicated their time to develop the festival program and connect us more closely with our rivers.