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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.

» Download our Keepers of the Athabasca brochure (750KB PDF)
» Download our I'm a Keeper brochure (2.1Mb PDF)
Job Opportunities
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Part Time Coordinator, Keepers of the Athabasca
Closing date: November 18, 2016 or until filled
Keepers of the Athabasca offers a part-time (with possibility of full-time) contract position of Coordinator. Keepers of the Athabasca is an Indigenous-led, not-for-profit environmental society, founded in 2006. Refer to the attached job description for details and application instructions.
» JOB OPPORTUNITY: Part Time Coordinator, Keepers of the Athabasca (160KB PDF or 30KB DOCX)
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, June 2016 (875KB PDF)
» NEWSLETTER: Keepers of the Athabasca, December 2015 (1MB PDF)
» NEWSLETTER: Keepers of the Athabasca, June 2015 (740KB PDF)
» NEWSLETTER: Keepers of the Athabasca, July 2011 (1.2MB PDF)

Keepers of the Water
» NEWSLETTER: August 2015, Volume 1, Issue 1 (775KB PDF)
What's New
REPORT: Indigenous Climate Action: Final Meeting Report
October 26, 2016
The Indigenous Peoples Meeting on Climate Change was coordinated and organized based on our belief that there was and still is an urgent need to engage Indigenous communities in Canada on the important topic of climate change, climate change policy, and the intersectionality of the rights of Indigenous peoples. Keepers of the Athabasca served as host for the meeting, building a movement for Indigenous-led Climate Justice.
» REPORT: Indigenous Climate Action: Final Meeting Report (3.4MB PDF)
» WEBSITE: Indigenous Climate Action

RELEASE: More testing, new technology asked of hazardous waste incinerator
October 11, 2016
Keepers of the Athabasca met with SUEZ Environmental (replacing SENA) and Alberta Environment and Parks on September 9, 2016. We agreed to work together to address effects of 'unplanned' and 'allowable' PCB, dioxin, and furan releases, and managing hazardous wastes. SUEZ Environmental agreed to provide a plan to perform core samples in the Towns of Slave Lake, Athabasca, and Fort Assiniboine. Keepers of the Athabasca proposes to examine 'oxidation' technology as an alternative to incineration of PCB waste, and SUEZ has agreed to help investigate this technology. We ask Alberta Environment and Alberta Health to help facilitate this work to respond to our concerns, which are the concerns of many in communities all around the SHTC. Our previous open letters and further documentation are below.
» LETTER: To the ESRD regarding the Swan Hills Treatment Centre (140KB PDF)
» LETTER: Response from the ESRD (560KB PDF)
» LETTER: To the ESRD with further information (127KB PDF)
» DOCUMENT: Aboriginal Society and Alberta's Natural Resources Conservation Board (1992) (700KB PDF)
» DOCUMENT: Elder Interviews, Regional Elders Environment Commission (600KB PDF)
» DOCUMENT: Presentation of Grand Chief Jim Badger to the Environmental Appeal Board (127KB PDF)
» DOCUMENT: Hazardous Waste: Disrupted Lives; First Nation perspectives on the Alberta Special Waste Treatment Centre at Swan Hills (400KB PDF)
» REPORT: Technical Update for the Lesser Slave Watershed (State of the Watershed) (6.4MB PDF)
» LETTER: Response from the ESRD following further information (221KB PDF)
» LETTER: To the AE&P raising concerns about direct responses from the contractor (176KB PDF)
» RELEASE: More testing, new technology asked of hazardous waste incinerator (430KB PDF)

RELEASE: Solar4All: Our allegiance to land, air, water, and sun
September 8, 2016
Keepers of the Athabasca participates in the Solar4All campaign. Our information tables this summer were met with enthusiasm and hundreds of signatures. Solar4All believes that everyone who wants to access solar energy should be able to do so. We are meeting with Infrastructure Minister Danielle Larivee to pass along the postcards that her constituents have signed supporting greater access to solar power on September 16, 2016. The Solar4All petition will be tabled in the Legislature next month.
» RELEASE: Solar4All: Our allegiance to land, air, water, and sun (345KB 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)

BLOG: Solar for All! A blog by Jule Asterisk
August 30, 2016
Keepers of the Athabasca are in the process of developing two solar installation projects with First Nations in Alberta. Crystal Lameman of Beaver Lake Cree Nation is managing our partnership at her nation, along with other women heading up the Training Team, Site Team, and Garden Team, engaging their community in order to make decisions about where and how the solar equipment will be installed. According to Keepers of the Athabasca Co-chair Cleo Reece (Fort McMurray First Nation), "We need to stop our dependence on fossil fuels for energy and focus on renewable sources such as the abundant energy from the sun, and learn how to build and maintain our own energy systems."
» BLOG: Solar for All! Read the full post (207KB PDF)
» WEBSITE: Solar4All · Information, campaign, and petition

NEWSLETTER: Keepers of the Athabasca publishes its newsletter for June 2016
June 30, 2016
The KoA Newsletter for June 2016 includes features on a gathering of Indigenous leaders to discuss climate action, an update on the Swan Hills Treatment Centre, an introduction to our new directors, and more.
» NEWSLETTER: KoA Newsletter, June 2016 (875KB 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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