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Fort Nelson area · credit: Ryan Dickie
Keepers of the Water V, 2011 · credit: Janice Pitman
Keynotes (L to R): Maude Barlow, Wade Davis, Jon Waterhouse · credit: Keepers of the Water
About the Watershed Gathering
Keepers of the Water VI, an annual watershed planning and management conference, will be held in Fort Nelson, B.C., September 26-29, 2012. The conference will be hosted by Fort Nelson First Nation and will draw First Nations, environmental scientists and citizens from across the Arctic Ocean Basin. The keynote speakers are Wade Davis, Maude Barlow and Jon Waterhouse, and a focus of discussion will be the impact of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").
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About Keepers of the Water
The Keepers of the Water is a non-profit group of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples; environmental groups; concerned citizens; and communities working together for the protection of air, water and land for all living things today and tomorrow in the Arctic Ocean drainage basin. The Arctic Ocean basin covers 36% of Canada's land surface.
In cooperation with local First Nations, Keepers of the Water holds annual public watershed gatherings to draw attention to the state of the Arctic Ocean basin and the impact of development on its fragile ecosystems. Its first gathering was called in 2006 by the Deh Cho First Nations at Liidlii Kue, Denedeh (Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories). The Keepers of the Water Declaration states that:
Water is a sacred gift, an essential element that sustains and connects all life. It is not a commodity to be bought or sold. All people share an obligation to cooperate to ensure that water in all its forms is protected and conserved with regard to the needs of all living things today and for future generations tomorrow.
A First Nation view of shale gas: Interviews with Lana Lowe, conference coordinator and Fort Nelson FN Lands Director
» Public Eye interview with Lana Lowe (MP3)
» CBC Information Morning Fredericton interview with Lana Lowe (MP3 Podcast)
Conference coordinator, Lands Director, Fort Nelson First Nation