Keepers of the Water X, 2016
Keepers of the Water
The Keepers of the Water is comprised of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples; environmental groups; concerned citizens; and communities working together for the protection of air, water, and land - and thus, for all living things today and tomorrow in the Arctic Drainage Basin.

Help protect the Great Arctic Ocean Basin: become a Keeper and support the work of the Keepers of the Water. We are now actively seeking donations to support a number of projects around the Arctic Ocean Basin. Please visit our donations page to direct your donation to one of our current projects or select to have your funds used where they are needed most. Note that you can donate to the Keepers of the Water or directly to one of our communities, the Keepers of the Athabasca. Thank you.
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» ABOUT: Learn more about us
» BROCHURE: Keepers of the Water (1.2MB PDF)
» NEWSLETTER: March 2016, Volume 2, Issue 1 (850KB PDF)
» NEWSLETTER: August 2015, Volume 1, Issue 1 (775KB PDF)
What's New
ANNOUNCEMENT: Flowing into Right Relationship: Paddle the Athabasca River June 29-July 1
June 6, 2017
To commemorate Canada's 150th and acknowledge Keepers of the Athabasca's 10th anniversary, Keepers of the Athabasca invite you to paddle the Athabasca River, to be held June 29 to July 1. The Flowing into Right Relationship paddle and workshop series invites us to learn more about our history and plan better ways to move forward together. For more information or to register, contact Barb Courtorielle at 780-843-5179; deadline for registration is June 20.
» FACEBOOK: Flowing into Right Relationship Paddle Event Page
» POSTER: Flowing into Right Relationship (177KB PDF)

APPEAL FOR SUPPORT: The Hay River Basin pollution investigation and remediation planning
January 29, 2017
The Keepers of the Water seek your help to complete the final step of our Hay River Basin Pollution Study. For many years, Traditional Knowledge Carriers and Indigenous hunter trappers of NW Alberta have seen significant deterioration of their traditional lands, waters, plants, wildlife and livelihoods caused by petroleum installation spills and pipelines breaks. The Keepers of the Water, in partnership with the First Nations of NW Alberta, have sponsored a comprehensive study of these pollution events combining the traditional knowledge of the Dene and Cree trappers and knowledge carriers with the best of current wetland science. The findings, implications and recommendations will be presented at the University of Alberta on February 2, 2017, with as many Native scholars and leaders at the presentation and followup discussion as possible. We sincerely seek your support to ensure these leaders are all present to participate in the conversation with Keepers and the authorities that ensues. For more information on this presentation, see the poster in the news item below, and to support this important project of the Keepers, please visit our new donations page.
» APPEAL FOR SUPPORT: The Hay River Basin pollution investigation and remediation planning

MEDIA CONFERENCE: Completion of phase 1 of the Hay River Basin pollution investigation
January 9, 2017
A media conference and information session will be held February 2, 2017 at noon to discuss the Hay River Basin pollution investigation. Based on concerns relayed by Traditional Knowledge Holders in northwestern Alberta, Keepers of the Water and its partners, Dene Tha First Nation, Beaver First Nation, North Peace Tribal Council, and Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta have completed phase one of this investigation regarding pipeline spills and their clean-up in Dene Tha Traditional Territory. The media conference will take place at Corbett Hall at the University of Alberta, and will include a presentation by Dr. Kevin Timoney. See the poster for further information.
» POSTER: Media conference and information session (770KB PDF)

RELEASE: Environmental Groups Support MCFN Call to Protect Wood Buffalo National Park
October 3, 2016
Environmental groups met with members of UNESCO's international monitoring mission, in Canada to investigate threats to Wood Buffalo National Park's World Heritage status. The groups will express their support for the Mikisew Cree First Nation's petition to put the Park on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites in danger, and call on Canada to take action to protect this global treasure from the growing threats, including upstream hydro-electric and oil sands developments.
» RELEASE: Environmental Groups Support MCFN Call to Protect Wood Buffalo National Park (276KB PDF)
» Presentation to IUCN UNESCO Mission to Wood Buffalo National Park (2.9MB PDF)
» Keepers of the Water: Strategic planning for UNESCO presentation (390KB PDF)

RELEASE: Join us September 6 to support the Justice for the Peace Caravan
August 30, 2016
First Nations leaders, Elders and other community members from Treaty 8 are driving across Canada to focus on the importance of the latest legal challenge to the Site C Dam project on the Peace River. On September 6, Elder Nancy Scanie will lead a Water Ceremony at the Alberta Legislature at 8am, before the caravan leaves. Come gather, bring water from a precious natural place, and bring yourself in solidarity with people protecting land and water for a better future.
» RELEASE: Justice for the Peace! Caravan (107KB PDF)

GATHERING: Keepers of the Water X
June 17, 2016
Keepers of the Water join Paddle for the Peace, urgently protecting the Peace River from Site C Dam. Join us for a Strategic Planning Session on July 9, 2016 at 6pm (RSVP), and for our Annual General Meeting on July 10, 2016 at 1pm at the Treaty 8 Building in Fort St. John, BC.
» INFORMATION: Keepers of the Water X
» WEBSITE: Paddle for the Peace
» POSTER: Keepers of the Water X (600KB PDF)

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