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By Lois Ann Baker, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder
<p>Henry Lickers (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne), Vladimir Arana (International Secretariat for Water), Curtis Lazore (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne) are partnering in the upcoming River Forum, held as part of the Akwesasne Winter Carnival on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.</p>
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Henry Lickers (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne), Vladimir Arana (International Secretariat for Water), Curtis Lazore (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne) are partnering in the upcoming River Forum, held as part of the Akwesasne Winter Carnival on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.
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As part of this weekend's upcoming Akwesasne Winter Carnival, The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne's Department of Tehotiiennawakon is hosting a free public forum on the St. Lawrence River.
The forum will take place at the St. Regis Mohawk School in Hogansburg on Sunday, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The theme for the day is Friends of the Big River and will be filled with activities and information exchanges on the health of the river.
Presentations and exhibits from MCA and numerous partners will focus on a variety of river-related programs, including information about some of the thousands of species of fish and wildlife that live in and along the shores and habitat protection.
Special guests include the International Secretariat for Water, who will be bringing a large interactive water course display, Turtle Island Conservation Project from the Toronto Zoo, Thousand Islands National Park, the Akwesasne Archeological Field School, St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, Raisin Region Conservation Authority, South Nation Conservation, Ontario Power Generation, Plenty Canada Eel Program, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe programs and much more.
Along with the hands-on displays, children's activities and interactive exhibits, there will be a free soup and sandwich lunch, coffee, snacks and giveaways.
A highlight of the day will be a variety of door prizes, including the chance to win a Pelican Pursuit eight-ft. kayak.
Environmental Officer for MCA Henry Lickers said, "This river is the history and heart of the Mohawk People."
"We all have a common interest in the health of the St. Lawrence and how the river affects our environment because it influences the health, economic and social values of each one of us and our families," said River Institute executive director, Dr. Jeff Ridal in a press release. "We are grateful to the MCA for this opportunity and look forward to once again participating in this event."