Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition and partners launch national celebration of ocean engagement and marine conservation
The Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC), together with 14 national partner organizations, announced a pan-Canada educational and conservation celebration that will kick off during Ocean Week Canada (3-12 June 2022) and continue with events and activities continuing throughout the summer and extending into the fall and winter.
Ocean Week Canada 2022 and the associated ocean festival will be an exciting way for all Canadians to engage with the ocean. The celebration will engage over 3 million Canadians through in-person and virtual events at local, regional, and national scales. The Ocean Week Canada partnership, led by the COLC in collaboration with the IMPAC5 Secretariat, incorporates 14 organizations from across Canada, and is made possible through a contribution of $2.3 million from the Government of Canada through the Oceans Management Contribution Program.
At the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) in Vancouver, Canada, the world’s foremost ocean conservation leaders and professionals will meet to chart a course towards protecting 30% of the global ocean by 2030. For Canadians, Ocean Week Canada and the Ocean Festival will create a wave of excitement as we celebrate our universal connection to the ocean and learn more about how it sustains us. The Ocean Festival will inspire us to support Canada’s efforts to protect precious marine ecosystems—from the unique glass sponge reefs in British Columbia to the globally important narwhal habitat in Nunavut.Sabine Jessen, Executive Director, IMPAC5 Secretariat
COLC partners include Ocean Networks Canada, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ingenium, Indigenous Leadership Initiative, Parks Canada, Students on Ice Foundation, Ocean School (a collaboration of the National Film Board of Canada and Dalhousie University), Water Rangers, the Canadian Network for Ocean Education, Hakai Institute, the Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) Canada, Entremission, and Media Style.
To learn more about Ocean Week Canada and the ocean festival, visit www.oceanweekcan.ca