Lake focus of student symposium
By Chen Chekki
The Chronicle-Journal (ON)
Published May 15, 2005
Lake Superior is considered “very important” to Heidi
The 16-year-old Thunder Bay resident said Saturday that
the lake is what makes Thunder Bay famous.
“It’s kind of what puts us on the map,” she said, while
attending the second-last day of the four-day Lake Superior
Youth Symposium hosted by Sir Winston Churchill high school.
“It’s like, Lake Superior, whoa.”
The school is hosting the sixth-ever gathering of about
150 students from Grades 7 to 12 and their teachers to
encourage better citizenship to protect and preserve the
health of the Great Lakes.
Students living in places near the lake came to the conference
from Thunder Bay as well as Wawa, Marathon, Sault Ste.
Marie, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Human activity has hurt rivers that run into the lake,
said Karen Watt, an organizer of the event. She said pesticides
used at home can pollute ground water and bigger waterways.
Watt said all conference delegates brought a sample of
lake water with them from wherever they live and planned
to mix the water and release it into the lake at Marina
As it’s the first time the conference was held in Thunder
Bay, students received a tour of such key natural sites
in the area as Eagle Canyon, Kakabeka Falls and the Sleeping
An environmental presentation at Bowater and a tour of
the Lakehead University’s Paleo-DNA Lab were included.
Lifestyle tips that could help better protect the environment
were also introduced, such as the importance of recycling,
buying products with less packaging and reusing plastic
And there was scheduled entertainment by the “New” Kam
Valley Fiddlers, Satu’s Belly Dancing and Iain Gill, to
name a few performers.