The River Strategy for a beautiful and healthy St. Lawrence River

– a framework for community action

The St. Lawrence River Institute and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne have partnered to create a St. Lawrence River Strategy, through the lens of Two-Row Wampum.

What do we hope to achieve?

By bridging Indigenous Knowledge, western science, and local knowledge, the River Strategy aims to develop a common agenda for restoring and preserving the Upper St. Lawrence River.

We envision the River Strategy will result in a centralized hub where individuals or groups engaged in research, remediation and restoration, community projects and events can access information and foster partnerships on initiatives with shared goals. 

Who will be included?

We invite everyone to contribute and we appreciate your time and interest in this initiative. Spanning from Kingston (CA) /Cape Vincent (U.S.) to Lake St. Francis, the River Strategy aims to offer opportunities for collaboration and social engagement to achieve ‘a beautiful and healthy St. Lawrence River’.


May 11, 2022

Akwesasne Community Meeting

On the evening of May 11th, we gathered together at the Akwesasne Housing Authority to discuss the River Strategy and the Akwesasronon relationship to the Kaniatarowanenneh (Big River). Here we shared a meal as well as thoughts and concerns about past, present and futures of our waters.

May 17, 2022

River Strategy Workshop

On the morning of May 17th, we hosted an online workshop to discuss the River Strategy with interested organizations from Ontario, Quebec, Akwesasne, New York, Canada and the United States. Over 65 individuals from 32 organizations participated. This meeting will help inform us in creating our draft framework.

29th Annual River Symposium

October 26, 2022

River Institute’s River Strategy Coordinator, Emilie DeRochie, and Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Environmental Projects and Remedial Action Plan Coordinator, Britney Bourdages, had the opportunity to present the River Strategy to local scientists and community members at the 29th Annual River Symposium held in Cornwall, Ontario.

Have your say –
What does ‘A Beautiful and Healthy St. Lawrence River’ look like?

Would you or your organization like to have your say in what this Strategy should look like?

Take our quick 5-minute survey

Or contact us to schedule a one-on-one meeting.

Who is involved?

Emilie DeRochie

River Strategy Coordinator,
River Institute

Georgia Bock

Remedial Action Plan Coordinator St. Lawrence River (Cornwall/Akwesasne) Area of Concern,
River Institute

Britney Bourdages

Environmental Projects and Remedial Action Plan Coordinator,
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne – Environment Program

Dr. Leigh McGaughey

Program Leader – Great River Rapport,
River Institute

Abraham Francis

Program Lead – Environment Program,
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne – Environment Program