Join us for Keepers of the Water IX, August 27-30, 2015
Keepers of the Water and the Dene Tha' Nation in Bushe River, Treaty 8 Territory invite you to 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, including contact details
» 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: 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)

Announcing Keepers of the Water IX
July 24, 2015
Keepers of the Water and the Dene Tha' Nation in Bushe River, Treaty 8 Territory invite you to 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, including contact details
» AGENDA: Keepers of the Water IX (134KB PDF)
» POSTER: Keepers of the Water IX (300KB PDF)

Low water levels raise questions on Alberta’s water use policies
May 27, 2015
With the entire province of Alberta under a complete fire ban due to extremely low water levels and very dry conditions, Keepers of the Athabasca is asking the newly elected government to consider how the proposed Surface Water Quantity Management Framework that is set for implementation in fall of 2015, may adversely impact water levels.
» RELEASE: Low Water Levels Raise questions on Alberta’s Water Use Policies (1MB Word document)

Fort Chipewyan to move forward on first solar project
September 17, 2014
From September 16th to September 22nd solar panels will be installed on the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Elder and Youth Lodge with an official ribbon cutting ceremony to take place on September 19th. The installation will be the first of many projects that will be constructed in the region. Keepers of the Athabasca who hope this project will be an example; especially to other tar sands impacted First Nation communities, of the benefits solar can bring to communities supported the solar initiative.
» RELEASE: Fort Chipewyan to Move Forward on First Solar Project (45Kb PDF)

The fifth and final Healing Walk was held June 27-29, 2014
June 29, 2014
This year marked the fifth and final annual Healing Walk in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The people of the Athabasca joined together for this important gathering, turning attention not only to tell the story and stop the destruction in the Athabasca region, but to shed light on other communities, other places that have been sacred since time immemorial: the healing has to start everywhere.
» SITE: Healing Walk 2014: Further information and registration details
» RELEASE: Healing Walk Date Set (168Kb PDF)
» FACEBOOK: Tar Sands Healing Walk
» PHOTOS: 2013 Healing Walk (Flickr)
» VIDEO: Stop the Destruction, Start the Healing: Healing Walk 2013 (YouTube)
» VIDEO: Protecting the Sacred One Step at a Time: Tar Sands Healing Walk 2013 (Vimeo)

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