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.» Download our Keepers of the Athabasca brochure
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Keepers of the Athabasca
The latest news from the Keepers, including reports on monitoring pollution, the We are the Land Conference, and more.
» NEWSLETTER: Keepers of the Athabasca, December 2015
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Keepers of the Water» NEWSLETTER: August 2015, Volume 1, Issue 1
RELEASE: Facts made public, hefty fine urged for Obed mine disaster
January 31, 2016
We have waited two long years to find out the facts behind the catastrophic Obed coal slurry spill and be privy to the evidence for the criminal charges laid by the Alberta Energy Regulator against the then owner of the mine, Sherritt International, and Coal Valley Resources. It now appears that we may never know all of the facts because of the possibility that the case will never go to trial. We are calling for a public trial to proceed, in order to shed light on these questions, and if the judge rules in favor of the prosecution, enforcement to the full extent of the law.» RELEASE: Facts made public, hefty fine urged for Obed mine disaster
RELEASE: Climate Change Agreement must include UNDRIP
December 11, 2015
Keepers of the Athabasca calls on other world governments, even those who may feel that in their countries they do not have a group of people who self identify as Indigenous, to support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in any international agreement from the UN climate change summit in Paris.» RELEASE: Climate Change Agreement must include UNDRIP
EDITORIAL: Where is the snow?
December 2, 2015
"But today... in the season of winter, there is no snow, when there should be, no real winter cold, but more of a barren, empty cold. Today, many are gathered in the one of the biggest international climate change gatherings in world history, in Paris France. And while I sit here in northern Alberta, I pray, that these leaders, will have some concrete plans and actions, solutions that we can all adopt, that will help save our winter..."» EDITORIAL: Where is the snow?
RELEASE: Election Canada 2015: Elect Water Protection
October 7, 2015
Keepers of the Athabasca supports any of Canada's political parties that institute the following water protections: restore the legal protections for waters and fish habitat that were removed by funding reduction and omnibus bills, and pledge to uphold the Canadian Environmental Protection Act; introduce a federal Safe Drinking Water Act in support of provinces, municipalities, and First Nations to keep drinking water safe for all Canadians; and establish and implement a Pan-Canadian Plan for Water, in collaboration with the provinces, territories and indigenous governments, and in consideration with the public to address water quality and quantity across jurisdictions, and which considers the impacts of climate change on current and future water resources.» RELEASE: Election Canada 2015: Elect Water Protection
RELEASE: Water restrictions lifted on the Athabasca River while water levels remain dangerously low
October 2, 2015
Since the water restriction, four reports have come to attention, all providing mounting evidence that low water levels in the Athabasca River are going to continue to be expected as long as there is massive tar sands industry drawing water from the Athabasca River. There are still reports coming into the Keepers of the Athabasca that the Athabasca River is still extremely low. Why has the water restriction been lifted at a time when communities downstream depend on healthy water levels for fall harvesting, and daily use, such as drinking water?» RELEASE: Water restrictions lifted on the Athabasca River while water levels remain dangerously low
RELEASE: Albertans want stronger wetland protection in oilsands region
October 2, 2015
A new survey reveals Albertans overwhelmingly support requirements for oilsands developers to offset their impacts to northern wetlands. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA), Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Northern Alberta (CPAWS Northern Alberta) and Keepers of the Athabasca urge the Alberta government to end the exemption of current and planned oilsands projects from provincial wetland policy, and to adopt a clear 'no net loss' goal for all of Alberta's wetlands.» RELEASE: LAlbertans want stronger wetland protection in oilsands region
RELEASE: Longstanding environmental issues raising Culture Camps around Alberta
September 30, 2015
The Keepers of the Water congratulates the current Government of Alberta for working with the Chiefs of Driftpile and Swan River First Nations to start resolving longstanding issues in the forest.» RELEASE: Longstanding environmental issues raising Culture Camps around Alberta
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