We've found two approaches with the power to shape attitudes and motivate action, to effect change. These approaches underpin our main programs:
- Documentary cinema –, the storytelling of our time
- Experiential learning – reconnecting people with their most powerful experiences of water
Water Docs Film Festival
The festival is the centrepiece of Water Docs programming – several days of high-impact films, animated discussions and community learning, with opportunities to take action to protect water. This year's lineup is especially exciting. Water Docs audiences also love Pedal Power, an interactive mobile installation, which is available as well for festivals, street corners and other events. Participants pedal a bicycle to draw water up a clear tube into a glass, providing a real-time, kinesthetic experience of how much energy it takes to convey water to us.
Ontario 150 Great Lakes Water Walk & Celebration
The new Ontario 150 Great Lakes Water Walk in September will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to celebrate the cross-cultural connection to sacred water. Many thousands of participants will gather to traverse Toronto's waterfront, culminating in a blessing of the waters led by a First Nations elder. This walk of celebration, reconciliation and hope is the first step towards a national Walk for the Water Day.
Water Docs Where-You-Live
Organize a water film screening or festival for your group or neighbourhood. Every culture in Ontario's rich tapestry has its own special connection to water. Our wide range of inspiring water documentaries has been enjoyed to date at events provincewide. Different communities have also enjoyed taking our Water Journey, a galvanizing experiential forum that helps people turn their experiences of water into positive environmental action.
Water Docs @ School Action Projects
Water Docs @ School is an eight-month learning and action program designed for Ontario Grade 8 students. It uses a unique, hands-on approach to bring them into a close relationship with water, building their understanding of water systems and instilling a passion for water stewardship. After about the local watershed and its issues, students switch to action mode with a community environmental water project. Classes create film documentaries and are celebrated at a Student Recognition Day, with prizes for the best film and best project.