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Fishing for Change: Black Anglers on Conservation, Representation & the Catch


Fri Sep 18, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
60 mins

Fishing can be a gateway to conservation, but when there is a lack of representation of who is casting a line, how can anglers and organizations help spark joy for new and diverse anglers?

Meet Tarrence Gordwin, founder of @Pondboyss on Instagram. With over 14.4k followers, Tarrence will talk about what got him hooked on fishing, engaging with other people new and interested in fish, and his experiences as a Black angler in the US.

Tarrence will appear in conversation with Demiesha Dennis, also known as @BrownGirl_OutdoorWorld on Instagram, an avid fishing, birding and all-round outdoor enthusiast.

Demiesha will also share how putting on a pair of waders to go fly fishing in Ontario gives her a deeper connection to nature, while also tackling the narrative of who is in the outdoors.

Presented also as part of #BlackMammalogists Week, an event that highlights, supports, and celebrates Black contributions in the field of mammalogy.

This virtual presentation is the Live & Online version of Toronto Public Library's Our Fragile Planet program series, generously supported by TD Friends of the Environment (TD FEF).

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