Keynote: JON WATERHOUSE
Executive Director, Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council
Jon Waterhouse is the Executive Director of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC), a grassroots organization comprised of seventy tribes and First Nations who live in the 320,000 square-mile Yukon Watershed. The goal of this consensus-based council, 'to restore, protect and preserve' this vast watershed, continues to inspire indigenous groups worldwide.
Mr. Waterhouse's remarkable work has ranged from policy-level consultation with tribal, national, and international governments to native youth outreach and education. In 2009, Mr. Waterhouse guided the YRITWC to U.N. Consultative Status. That same year, Jon was named a National Geographic Education Fellow. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Waterhouse to the fifteen-member Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), where he is among representatives from Canada, Mexico, and the United States chosen to advise the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). He also serves on the Board of the Alaska-Sudan Medical Project as Community Development Director, assisting in the creation of primary medical care facilities in remote areas of South Sudan.
» BACKGROUNDER: YRITWC Water Accord (70kb PDF)
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