Do you know a young artist who should know about the Wild Water Residency?

Inspired by a film we showed two years abgo of six artists canoeing in the Yukon, The Peel Project, we are launching an arts residency in Northern Ontario together with the Canadian Wilderness Arts Residency.
10 students will be selected to participate in a wilderness and arts experience. Applicants must:

Art and creation are inseparable from the land.
They come up through its voice and into the people
…into the youth. They are of this place, as we are.
  • Be between 14 and 17 (approx. Grades 10-11)

  • Demonstrate an interest in the arts and creative pursuits

  • Provide a letter of support by a community member outside of their immediate family (ex. teacher, band-council member, guidance counsellor, coach, principal, etc.)

Apply in March-April. Travel in August.


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Water Docs Film Festival 2019 is a wrap.

Photos are coming soon. In the meantime, the list of short films below gives you a taste of what happened on Sunday. And the festival schedule shows the rest.

Just after World Water Day, we continue to celebrate. Scroll down for more information about World Water Day and this year’s theme: No One Left Behind.

Water Drops Shorts Program 3:00-5:30

Short water stories from around the world
you won’t want to miss

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Watch these films:
Water (World Premiere) | While babysitting 3 year-old Leon, Tony takes a moment to put out the trash. But when kids and dogs are left alone, Murphy’s Law ensues. | 2.5 min

Fred the Pufferfish (World Premiere) | A whimsical animation introduces Fred, a pufferfish living a cozy life of luxury in his fishbowl and the results of reckless human behaviour. | 1 min

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For the Love of the Reef (Canadian Premiere) | A swan song for the only living organism that can be seen from space, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, with both its vibrant beauty and life as well as its grey barrenness from ocean acidification. | 7 min

The River of the Kukamas (Ontario Premiere) | A love-cry to the body of water that gave life to this Peruvian Amazonian culture. At once a mythological tale and reverent prayer for nature, a Kukama man shares his thoughts on the dying of his culture as it gives way to the modern world. | 7 min

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Facing the Mountain (Toronto Premiere) | A story of human resilience in the face of environmental challenges to India’s Kedarnath Hindu temple. This pilgrimage destination for many thousands each year was destroyed during a 2013 deluge brought on by climate change. | 21 min

Swim, Drink, Fish: FISH (World Premiere) | Revel in Lake Ontario waters with Chef Grant van Garmeren on a fishing trip to debunk the perception of this Great Lake’s questionable fisheries. Taste the freshness of local food and understand the importance of preserving our habitats. | 8.5 min

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Wild Tides (World Premiere) | Step into the cool waters off the West Coast of Vancouver to harvest wild seaweed by hand so that her thriving garden produces nutrient-dense seaweed year after year. | 12 min

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The Grind Message (Canadian Premiere) | Examine various perspectives on the annual pilot whale harvest in the Faroe Islands dating back nearly half a millenium for a once vital food source. In the 21st century is it a slaughter or a means of survival? WARNING: Some graphic scenes. | 21 min

Waterway Jay | In 2017, Jay Gustafson launched Paddle for Progress, a two-year, 4,300-mile personal journey through nearly every community in Minnesota in response to the Governor's call for water action. Watch one man's journey to save water, and how we are connected to it allb. | 7 min

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A Word to the Wise (Ontario Premiere) | This Spanish film introduces us to Douglas Lui Fo’oa from the remote Solomon Islands. He slowly reveals the almost idyllic qualities of this archipelago and its people – their origins, tribal wars and the spiritual power of sharks and other animals. The respect for nature and the environment that his community promotes as a means to achieve happiness and a peaceful existence is a reminder of how complex issues can be so simply expressed. | 27 min

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Community partners (upstairs):
Sisters of St. Joseph - Blue Communities Project – Paul Baines
2. Toronto Climate Action Network – Tara Seucharan
3. Swim, Drink, Fish – Gabrielle Parent-Doliner

And see Tom Sandler’s photos upstairs:
Since the 1970s, iconic Toronto photographer Tom Sandler has documented local and international social, political, and community events, and works with a stellar array of luminaries, publications, and organizations. We're delighted to showcase some of Tom's personal nature photography throughout the festival.


It’s a yearly celebration that gives us all a chance to take a look at where we are as a planet with water.

This year’s theme is NO ONE LEFT BEHIND.
Download the World Water Day Factsheet.

Today, 2.1 billion people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive. 

Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, Indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

Watch this trailer for a taste of what’s in store for you at the Water Docs Festival 2019.

We have a great line-up of films for our eighth annual Water Docs Film Festival showcasing Canadian and International features and shorts about all things water!


Curious? Find out more by clicking here!

Farewell to Water Warrior Grandmother Josephine Mandamin as she begins her final journey home

With the passing of Grandmother Josephine Mandamin (1942-2019), Canada has lost a visionary who made calling for cleaner water and greater water protection her life's work. Logging more than 10,000 miles on sacred water walks around the perimeter of all five of the Great Lakes and numerous other waterways around the world to raise awareness about the need to protect water, Grandmother Josephine was an embodiment of the phrase "walk the talk". Ecologos and the Water Docs team are honoured to have worked and walked alongside Grandmother Josephine, and we send our heartfelt condolences to her family and community at this time of great loss.

“Obi Wan Kenibi Kwe” - Grandmother Josephine Mandamin - (1942-2019)   Biidaasige (She Who Comes with the Light), from Wawaazisii Doodem (Bullhead Clan)  Photo Credit: Tasha Beeds

“Obi Wan Kenibi Kwe” - Grandmother Josephine Mandamin - (1942-2019)
Biidaasige (She Who Comes with the Light), from Wawaazisii Doodem (Bullhead Clan)
Photo Credit: Tasha Beeds

The Ecologos Mission

The Ecologos Mission

In the end we will conserve only what we love;
we will love only what we understand;
and we will understand only what we are taught.
— Baba Dioum, 1968