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
RELEASE: Flowing into Right Relationship: Paddle the Athabasca River June 29-July 1
June 29, 2017
Today the Athabasca and its Keepers hosted a unique 3-day canoe voyage of Athabasca Watershed Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation and the importance and value of Keeping this Canadian Heritage River for all living things. This wild, beautiful and still free, undammed river provides Boreal homes and livelihood for all peoples and a great diversity of native plants and animals, featuring such creatures as Bald Eagles, moose, bear, lynx and many more.
» RELEASE (ENGLISH): Commemorate Canada 150 on a Canadian Heritage River (257KB PDF)
» COMMUNIQUÉ (FRANCAIS): Venez célébrer Canada 150 sur une rivière du patrimoine canadien (340KB PDF)
» 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)

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