Keepers of the Water IX, 2015
Keepers of the Water and the Dene Tha' Nation in Bushe River, Treaty 8 Territory held two important events this summer: a bush camp on Decolonizing Water Governance (August 5-8) and Keepers of the Water IX, our annual watershed gathering of stewards to protect our sacred Arctic Ocean Basin and northern waters (August 27-30).
» Keepers of the Water IX Gathering: Further information
» AGENDA: Keepers of the Water IX (134KB PDF)
» POSTER: Keepers of the Water IX (300KB PDF)
Keepers of the Water
The Keepers of the Water is comprised of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples; environmental groups; concerned citizens; and communities working together for the protection of air, water, and land - and thus, for all living things today and tomorrow in the Arctic Drainage Basin.
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» NEWSLETTER: August 2015, Volume 1, Issue 1 (775KB PDF)
What's New
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 (466KB PDF)

RELEASE: Another pipeline break devastates Northern Alberta before Gathering
August 21, 2015
The Keepers of the Water will hold our ninth annual Gathering at Bushe River next week. Unfortunately, yet another pipeline break has occurred that is challenging our co-hosts. Near Chateh, on Dene Tha' Traditional Territory, Nuvista Energy spilled 100 cubic metres of "emulsion" (bitumen, sand, and waste water) over a 13,200 square metre area.
» RELEASE: Another pipeline break devastates Northern Alberta before Gathering (340KB PDF)

RELEASE: Water Restrictions on the Athabasca River and impacts to First Nation and Metis Communities
August 18, 2015
The Alberta Energy Regulator currently placed a water restriction on the Athabasca River. The first ever since anyone can ever remember, and some are thanking the new NDP government for prodding the AER to uphold their others duties of not only Energy oversight, but Environmetal protection, which has been severely lacking since the creation of the AER. Science is predicting that it will become more common to have low water levels, however only some companies are restricted on water use, meanwhile there are companies such as Suncor, Syncrude and Shell that can continue taking as much water as they want (no real limit). This still compromises community health and treaty rights and gives corporations first rights to water over communities and living beings.
» RELEASE: Water Restrictions on the Athabasca River and impacts to First Nation and Metis Communities (1MB DOCX)
» VIDEO: Alberta water suspensions a sign of what's to come: study (Global News)
» ARTICLE: Athabasca water restrictions not enough, says environmental group (CBC News)
» ARTICLE: Alberta Energy Regulator curtails water use by some energy companies (Edmonton Journal)
» ARTICLE: Oilsands water restrictions a climate change 'preview': study (Edmonton Journal)
» REPORT: Running out of Steam? Oil Sands Development and Water Use in the Athabasca River-Watershed (2.2MB PDF)

Activists cycle Kinder Morgan pipeline route to Alberta tar sands to illuminate impacts on First Nations and frontline communities
August 12, 2015
A group of activists are cycling the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline route from Seattle to the tar sands boom town of Fort McMurray. Through filmed interviews with First Nations and frontline communities, these folks will illuminate the oil industry's dirty tactics and elevate the voices of those most impacted by the continued expansion of Canada's tar sands.
» WEBSITE: The Road to Athabasca

Keepers of the Water releases its first newsletter for 2015
August 1, 2015
The first issue of News from the Keepers is now available, including the Resolutions from Cold Lake, an introduction to our new Executive Director, and more.
» NEWSLETTER: August 2015, Volume 1, Issue 1 (775KB PDF)

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