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This workshop provided students and young professionals an opportunity to study the Bras D’Or Lake Watershed in Cape Breton. 

Participants explored the cultural and spiritual importance of water, as well as Mi'kmaq First Nations perspectives on water management.  They experienced firsthand the value of taking an integrated approach to ecosystems that respects and incorporates multiple ways of knowing.  

With a heritage of nearly three centuries of coal mining, mining and water filled a day of study. Participants toured several mine water remediation sites with local industry experts, viewing both active and passive water treatment processes. The group also turned its attention to the region's water-energy nexus: marine renewable energy, geothermal energy (capitalizing on mine pools) and coal-fired energy generation.

Participants also gained a multi-disciplinary perspective on the Sydney Tar Ponds environmental remediation project. Hydrogeology, wastewater treatment and social license were examined with local consultants, plant operators and a social scientist.

Elder Albert Climbing Glenn Dave Mining Tour Water Treatment Sailing on the Amoeba2

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Read "The Home of Our Hearts" - a series of six blog posts by Mark Ranjram, who attended the workshop.

Thank-you to our hosts in Cape Breton, who organized and led an action-packed itinerary with guest experts from all sectors of the community:

Ken Oakes 
Industrial Research Chair in Environmental Remediation
Assistant Professor in Biology, Cape Breton University

David Alderson
Project Manager, Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment

Ashlee Consolo Willox
Canada Research Chair in Determinants of a Healthy Community
Assistant Professor in Community Health, Cape Breton University

Martin Mkandawire 
Industrial Research Chair in Mine Water Management
Associate Professor in Chemistry, Cape Breton University