The Lake Between (Le lac qui nous unit) Conference brings together leading academics, business leaders, and public servants to examine Lake Champlain -- an international body of water that links our histories, our economies and the shared management of our natural environment.
To the Abenaki, it was Bitawbagok, “the waters in between”, separating Abenaki and Iroquois homelands. Lake Champlain today – 193 kilometers long, 20 kilometers wide at its widest point, and flowing north into the St. Lawrence via the Richelieu River – links the states of Vermont and New York with the province of Quebec, and the United States with Canada. Across the past 400 years, in fact, these waters have knit a shared historical legacy of imperial colonization and conflict, international trade and tourism, and in the cross-border management of its fish and fisheries, agricultural run-off, and flood waters.
Telling this cross-border story calls on specialists from multiple disciplines and perspectives. The conference will engage archeologists, historians and environmental scientists, artists and writers and policy-makers and business leaders to talk about our shared resource, how it is managed and the issues that face it into the future.