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Keepers of the Athabasca
We are First Nations, Metis, Inuit, environmental groups, and Watershed citizens working together for the protection of water, land and air, and thus for all living things today and tomorrow in the Athabasca River Watershed.

OUR MISSION
To unite the peoples of the Athabasca River and Lake Watershed to secure and protect water and watershed lands for ecological, social, cultural and community health and well being.

BECOME A KEEPER OF THE ATHABASCA: HOW TO DONATE
Help protect the Athabasca Watershed: become a Keeper and support the work of the Keepers of the Athabasca. We are now actively seeking donations to support a number of projects around the Athabasca Watershed. Please visit our donations page and select a membership or specific project to receive your support. Note that you can donate to the Keepers of the Athabasca or our parent organization, Keepers of the Water. Thank you.
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: SOLAR SYSTEM
Keepers of the Athabasca, in partnership with Sucker Creek First Nation, are inviting proposals from qualified contractors for the provision of a 6.5 Kw solar system to be installed on the roof of the Treaty 8 Building on the Sucker Creek First Nation. Refer to the documents below for details. On-site meetings will take place on February 22 and March 1, with bidding closing on March 15, 2018.
» SCFN Solar Contract: Information for Bidders (386KB PDF)
» SCFN Solar Contract: RFP Instructions (98KB PDF)
» SCFN Solar Contract: Draft Services Contract (389KB PDF)
» SCFN Solar Contract: Cost Appendix (91KB XLSX)

WORKSHOPS: FLOWING INTO RIGHT RELATIONSHIP
Keepers of the Athabasca offers a number of interactive and informative community workshops: The "Blanket Exercise", United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Truth and Reconciliation, Exploring the Treaties, Indigenous Water Governance, and the Community Climate Action. For more information or to book a workshop, please contact Jule Asterisk.
» Download the "Flowing into Right Relationship" Workshops poster (700KB PDF)
» Download our Community Climate Action brochure (460KB PDF)

BROCHURES
» Download our Keepers of the Athabasca brochure (1.9MB PDF)
» Download our I'm a Keeper brochure (2.1MB PDF)
Newsletters
What's New
RELEASE: Condolences - 10 years after international tailings duck disaster
April 30, 2018
On the anniversary of 1,600 ducks' death in Syncrude's tailings pond, we wish to express our sincere condolences for the thousands of other lives lost in tailing ponds, including at least 27 black bears, 67 deer, 31 red foxes and 21 coyotes (between 2000 and 2008 only), along with moose, muskrats, beavers, voles, martens, more ducks, geese, at least 31 blue herons (2015), other birds, and people, as well as the unknown and unreported deaths of other animals large and small. Keepers of the Athabasca continues to work hard to oppose new bitumen extraction, actively fundraising to provide tools for community based monitoring and advocating for an independent human health study to examine the confirmed human cancer clusters in northeastern Alberta.
» Condolences - 10 years after international tailings duck disaster (374KB PDF)

SAVE THE DATE: Keepers of the Athabasca Annual General Meeting June 1-3
April 13, 2018
The Keepers of the Athabasca Annual General Meeting will be held June 1-3, 2018 at Long Lake Outdoor Education Centre, with blanket exercise facilitator training on June 3-4. For more information and to register, contact Jule Asterisk at 780-805-1709 or keepers.communications@gmail.com.
» POSTER: Keepers of the Athabasca Annual General Meeting (471KB JPG)

NEWSLETTER: Keepers of the Athabasca, March 2018
March 31, 2018
The March 2018 issue of the Keepers of the Athabasca newsletter features updates on the solar partnership with Sucker Creek First Nation, the Flowing into Right Relationship river journey and workshop series, and the Swan Hills Treatment Centre file, as well as an announcement for the 2018 Healing Gathering for Land and Water to be held August 23-26.
» Keepers of the Athabasca Newsletter, March 2018 (1.1MB PDF)

RELEASE: Contamination questions on two hazardous sites: Swan Hills and Faust's Toxic Park
March 26, 2018
First Nations, residents, businesses, and municipalities want to know: does contamination from the Swan Hills (hazardous waste) Treatment Centre (SHTC) reach us around the Lesser Slave Lake area? Keepers of the Athabasca successfully challenged the Alberta Environment Approval for this facility in 2015. Now, almost three years and two meetings later, Keepers of the Athabasca participated in removing lake sediment core samples from Lesser Slave Lake, near the mouth of the Swan River on March 12, 2018, assisted by a guide from Swan River First Nation, and environmental consultant Theo Charette for SUEZ.
» Contamination questions on two hazardous sites (742KB PDF)

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Solar system for the Treaty 8 Building on the SCFN
February 15, 2018
Keepers of the Athabasca, in partnership with Sucker Creek First Nation, are inviting proposals from qualified contractors for the provision of a 6.5 Kw solar system to be installed on the roof of the Treaty 8 Building on the Sucker Creek First Nation. Refer to the documents below for details. On-site meetings will take place on February 22 and March 1, with bidding closing on March 15, 2018.
» SCFN Solar Contract: Information for Bidders (386KB PDF)
» SCFN Solar Contract: RFP Instructions (98KB PDF)
» SCFN Solar Contract: Draft Services Contract (389KB PDF)
» SCFN Solar Contract: Cost Appendix (91KB XLSX)

JOB VACANCY: Coordinator, Keepers of the Athabasca
January 15, 2018
Keepers of the Athabasca Watershed Society is seeking a part-time Coordinator. The Coordinator reports to the Keepers' Personnel Committee, and is assisted by the Executive Director. In his/her role, the Coordinator provides ongoing leadership and support to the Keepers while coordinating our workshops programs, participating in membership engagement and funding development for the organization. Refer to the job posting for full details. Application deadline: February 16, 2018.
» JOB VACANCY: Coordinator, Keepers of the Athabasca (143KB PDF)

OPEN LETTER: Concerns regarding the Mine Financial Security Program and implementation of the Tailings Management Framework for the Athabasca Oil Sands
January 8, 2018
Keepers of the Athabasca (Keepers) have serious liability concerns, including health, financial and environmental, with Alberta's Mine Financial Security Program (MFSP) and the implementation of the Tailings Management Framework (TMF). In this letter we briefly detail these concerns and strongly recommend specific actions on the part of the Government of Alberta (GoA) and Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) to rectify the untenable situation we find ourselves in. These are not new issues, but ones that Keepers has engaged in with the GoA and the oil sands industry for several years. It is long past time for these issues to be rectified, as Alberta's Auditor General (AG) and many others have stated.
» OPEN LETTER: Concerns regarding the Mine Financial Security Program and implementation of the Tailings Management Framework for the Athabasca Oil Sands (347KB PDF)

WORKSHOPS: Keepers of the Athabasca offers Flowing into Right Relationship community workshops
October 9, 2017
Keepers of the Athabasca is now funding to bring interactive and informative workshops across central and northern Alberta. These community workshops operate together to have a cross-sectoral approach while accomplishing both of our goals: encouraging Albertan's participation in our energy transition, and increasing understanding and respect for Indigenous philosophies and Indigenous peoples of Alberta. Contact Jule Asterisk.
» Download the "Flowing into Right Relationship" Workshops poster (700KB PDF)
» Download our Community Climate Action brochure (460KB PDF)

RELEASE: More birds dead in toxic tailings: before plant even opens!
September 23, 2017
Keepers of the Athabasca is distressed to hear that yet another large group of birds is dead due to toxic tailings in the bitumen mining region of Northern Alberta. We ask the Alberta Energy Regulator to require industry to replace the so called "bird deterrents" as they are now definitively proven not to work. Green chemistry and dry processing options must be considered and implemented. If industry won't get less impactful methods into play, and protect wildlife and human health, regulators must require that they do. Keepers recently participated in the Mine Financial Security Program working group, and asked that full financial security for bitumen mine clean-up be required.
» RELEASE: More birds dead in toxic tailings: before plant even opens! (885KB PDF, with diagrams)
» DIAGRAM: Active evaporation (160KB PDF)
» DIAGRAM: Evaporation tanks, not tailing ponds (311KB PDF)

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