BC Rivers Day Celebration September 27th, 2015
“The Geological History of the Slocan and Kootenay River Basins”
– Lesley Anderton

“Rivers are the arteries of our planet: they are lifelines in the truest sense.”- Mark Angelo Founder of BC Rivers Day

Our community will celebrate the Slocan and Kootenay Rivers with a Luncheon, Educational Presentation and a field trip to the newly formed Regional Park by the Slocan River in Crescent Valley. The event will take place on Sunday, September 27th at the Crescent Valley Community Hall from 12:00 – 4:00 pm

We are pleased that Lesley Anderton will be presenting“The Geological History of the Slocan and Kootenay River Basins.” Many of you will know Lesley Anderton from her 35 years of instruction at Selkirk College and her continued education courses in the community.

Thousands of British Columbians celebrate BC Rivers Day on the last Sunday in September each year, making it Canada’s largest river appreciation event.
BC Rivers Day generates public awareness about British Columbia’s waterways. Recreational clubs, conservation organizations, community groups, schools, and local governments host BC Rivers Day events across the province.

BC Rivers Day celebrations have grown exponentially over the past 30 years. This growth can be attributed to British Columbians’ growing concern for the state of local waterways.
BC Rivers Day provides a positive opportunity for diverse groups to show why BC waterways are important. Planned events celebrate the cultural, ecological, historical, aesthetic and recreational values of rivers.

Both BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day highlight the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.

Please join us and celebrate two beautiful local rivers. The toxic jet fuel spill in 2013 heightened our awareness of how much we love and appreciate these two rivers and how concerned we are for the health of our local waterways.

Thank you to Columbia Basin Trust Sponsorship Program for helping our community celebrate the Slocan and Kootenay Rivers. Thank you also to RDCK for their role in helping protect the Slocan River at Crescent Valley through the formation of the regional park.

Marilyn Burgoon


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FROGGY FEST 2013, Passmore Hall…Sat. Nov. 23rd

You are invited to this year’s Froggy Fest. Throughout the year the children in our community have been very supportive at our many fundraisers. We wanted to have a day for them to simply enjoy and share.

There will be lots to do and a nice time for adults to visit before the busy holiday season.  We are looking for Silent Auction items for gift giving. We have a student gathering items from local children’s stores but would appreciate donations.

Also there will be a lunch and baked goods. Please print and post the attached poster and let others know who I may not have on my list.

Look forward to seeing you all. It is for the children we work so hard to protect the water and the earth.
Froggy Fest 2013









Ethical Water

Free Public Presentation by Dr. Robert Sanford

Speaking on the Worlds Water Crisis

BC Rivers Day Celebration Sunday September 25th

Press Release

Perry Ridge Water Users Association invites you to celebrate the beautiful Slocan and Little Slocan Rivers and to engage in free presentations and activities during the Slocan Valley Rivers Day Celebration on Sunday, September 25th.  Rivers Day has been celebrated annually in BC for over 30 years, and for over 6 years across the rest of the world (inspired by the success of the BC event!)

Come celebrate the many values that these local rivers provide, including clean water, fish, travel routes, Sinixt cultural sites, and recreational opportunities.  Learn more about where the river water comes from, where it goes, and the contemporary and historical use of the rivers. This will also include threats to the river drainages and the importance of the waters of the Upper Columbia River Basin. Featuring engaging speakers, multi media displays, displays of river photos and artwork, a local lunch, and an excursion of a section of the Slocan River.

Nathan Goodale PhD, Professor and Principal Investigator from Hamilton College in his report “ 2009 Archaeological Investigations at the Slocan Narrows Pithouse Village, (DkQi 1, 2, and 17), Southeastern British Columbia states that,

“Ethnographically the Sinixt diet was supplemented by a significant amount of fish (Bouchard and Kennedy 2000). Major fishing locales could be found in the northern parts of their territory at the Arrow Lakes, Trout Lake, Slocan River, Slocan Lake, and the mouth of the Kootenay River, and in the southern portion of the territory at Kettle Falls (Bouchard and Kennedy 2000). Dr. Goodale further states, “William Kittson noted the presence of a Sinixt weir at the mouth of the Slocan River in 1826 (Bouchard and Kennedy 2000).”

Marilyn Burgoon, President of Perry Ridge Water Users Association states, “The Perry Ridge Water Users Association appreciates the contribution from Columbia Basin Trust Community Development Fund that has enabled our Association to hire a youth to coordinate the BC Rivers Day Event and help to bring awareness and education to the public about key issues by providing useful, credible and accessible information.  This will help plan a future where the river will help sustain the local economy, the local fish and wildlife populations, as well as enhance real estate values and protect Sinixt cultural sites.”

Community members are invited to email  photos and memories of the river to for inclusion in the Rivers Day Celebration. There will also be the draw for the Perry Ridge raffle. The raffle tickets and items, a hand beaded Frog picture by Marilyn James, Appointed Spokesperson for Sinixt and a beautiful hand woven rug by Diane Carter, will be at the Friday Markets in New Denver.

For more information, and to volunteer, please contact

Sinixt Fundraiser

Hip-Hop, A Workshop and Indian Tacos
Wed. August 31st…5pm

Testament is in town to help raise funds for the Sinixt Nation and their
fight to protect Slhu7kin’/Perry’s Ridge. There will be a workshop on
Resistance to Mining presented by Sakura Saunders as well as the finest
Indian Tacos to be found in the Kootenays.



Benefit for the Sinixt
Dark Fire Cloud, Monday August 22,
at the Royal Hotel on Bakers St.
Nelson B.C.

as well Cloud will promote the benefit with an in-studio appearance on the co-op radio Blues Show tonight
Friday August 19th. The show is from 7 – 9PM and Cloud will come on about 8PM so if you can get this info to your lists that will be good.”

A Birds Eye View – Slocan River & Perry Ridge


“North End of Perry Ridge -A Bird’s Eye View”

Helicopter flight over Slocan River and Perry Ridge – May 20, 2011

Place:  Perry Siding Threads Guild
Date: June 23, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm

Video Footage and Understanding the Complex Hydrology and Terrain on Perry Ridge – Dr. Tony Salway

Video Footage Randy Kenny – Director,  Perry Ridge Water Users Association

Slide show Photo Gallery – Lucas Jmieff

Marilyn James, Sinixt Appointed Spokesperson- Welcome and Sinixt Legal Update

Dr. Nathan Goodale –  2009 Archaeological Investigations at the Slocan Narrows Pithouse Village (DkQi1, 2, and 17), Southeastern British Columbia

By Donation

Mother of All Garage Sales-Fund Raiser
Perry Ridge-Sinixt Nation Fund Raiser

Sinixt Spirit Tour


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