With the support of neighbours, we used a little paint to uncover the lost streams of Still Creek that now only exist underneath the concrete in pipes. Take a neighbourhood walk and see if you can spot them!
- Ravine Street (2014) – Lead artists: Carmen Rosen, Yoko Tomita, Suzo Hickey. Supported by Neighbourhood Matching Funds
- Lillooet Street and Moss Street (2015) – Lead artists: Carmen Rosen, Yoko Tomita, Suzo Hickey. Supported by Neighbourhood Matching Funds
- Nootka Elementary School (2016) – Lead artists: Carmen Rosen, Yoko Tomita, Suzo Hickey. Supported by the Nootka School PAC
- Collingwood Park Fieldhouse (2016) – Lead artist: Willoughby Arevalo. Supported by Collingwood Neighbourhood House & Vancouver Park Board
- Cheyenne Street (2017) – Lead artist: Isaac Rosen-Purcell. Supported by Neighbourhood Matching Funds, Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute, and Collingwood Neighbourhood House.
Reflecting Still Creek
An ecosystem-based stewardship and art project that provided a model for community-led urban ecological restoration, and for environmental organizations to connect with urban populations. Reflecting Still Creek leveraged Still Moon’s deep connections in the community by bringing together environmentalists, ecologists, academics, youth, seniors, and the arts community to restore a watershed, enhance a neighbourhood, and pioneer a model for lasting change. This project shifted us from defending Still Creek and its watershed, to proactively restoring and protecting it.
Through this project we met with the Vancouver Parks Board to contribute to the long term planning of Renfrew Park and Renfrew Ravine. We also connected with local seniors, City Councillors, local artists, high schools, and universities that led us to developing resources and our work today.
Spirit Fish connected communities to the water we use and reveals how water travels from our backyards through streams and rivers to the oceans: interacting with each of us whether we realize it or not. Water is the circulatory system of the earth and this festival celebrates it, along with all the creatures who depend upon it for their lives.
We offered bicycle decorating workshops which encouraged many of our riders to dress up as fish in the parade! At the festival, attendees were delighted by art, performance and beauty on the banks of the river. Many people find beauty, walk a nature tour, see the arrival of the River Goddess, eat tea and cookies, create origami boats or fishy artwork, drink tea, and offer a prayer for the water. At mid-afternoon, a special Prayers for the Water ritual took place and the lanterns were released under the overpass.
In partnership with Windermere’s Ecology 9 students we created a ivy-woven net to protect sites at the ravine from erosion following the removal of invasive plants and the introduction of native species.
Students at Windermere Secondary created temporary, place-specific pieces of art in the Ravine.
Wild Salmon Caravan
For thousands of years, the wild salmon have been our most important Indigenous food, and cultural and ecological keystone species in BC. Still Moon Arts Society participated in the Wild Salmon Caravan in 2016 and 2017 to show solidarity with Indigenous communities throughout BC and promote the importance of wild salmon that act as a central indicator of the health and integrity of the Indigenous lands and food systems. The experience allows us to experience the broader ecosystem connections of the Still Creek Watershed in the region. For more information on the Wild Salmon Caravan events, visit their website.