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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.

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.

Help protect the Athabasca Watershed: become a Keeper and support the work of the Keepers of the Athabasca. We are now actively seeking donations to support a number of projects around the Athabasca Watershed. Please visit our donations page and select a membership or specific project to receive your support. Note that you can donate to the Keepers of the Athabasca or our parent organization, Keepers of the Water. Thank you.
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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, December 2016 (1.4MB PDF)
» 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)
What's New
RELEASE: Toxic park conundrum
July 6, 2017
On Tuesday, July 11 at 6 pm, there will be a public meeting in the tiny hamlet of Faust, on the shores of the Lesser Slave Lake. Once the largest settlement on the lake, idyllic Faust is now home to a toxic site that Big Lakes County suggests making into a public park. Local residents are concerned, and representatives of Alberta Environment and Parks will also be present at the meeting.
» RELEASE: Toxic park conundrum (206KB PDF)

RELEASE: Flowing into Right Relationship: Paddle the Athabasca River June 29-July 1
June 29, 2017
Today the Athabasca and its Keepers hosted a unique 3-day canoe voyage of Athabasca Watershed Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation and the importance and value of Keeping this Canadian Heritage River for all living things. This wild, beautiful and still free, undammed river provides Boreal homes and livelihood for all peoples and a great diversity of native plants and animals, featuring such creatures as Bald Eagles, moose, bear, lynx and many more.
» RELEASE (ENGLISH): Commemorate Canada 150 on a Canadian Heritage River (257KB PDF)
» COMMUNIQUÉ (FRANCAIS): Venez célébrer Canada 150 sur une rivière du patrimoine canadien (340KB PDF)
» FACEBOOK: Flowing into Right Relationship Paddle Event Page
» POSTER: Flowing into Right Relationship (177KB PDF)

RELEASE: Documents for Phase 1 of the Hay River Basin pollution investigation
June 14, 2017
A media conference and information session was held February 2, 2017 to discuss the Hay River Basin pollution investigation. Based on concerns relayed by Traditional Knowledge Holders in northwestern Alberta, Keepers of the Water and its partners, Dene Tha First Nation, Beaver First Nation, North Peace Tribal Council, and Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta have completed phase one of this investigation regarding pipeline spills and their clean-up in Dene Tha Traditional Territory. The documents below include the full analytics report of bioassay results from contaminated sites, interviews with Traditional Knowledge holders, and presentations from the information session.
» REPORT: Bioassay Results from Contaminated Sites in Northern Alberta (2.7MB PDF)
» SUMMARY: Bioassay Results from Contaminated Sites in Northern Alberta (350KB PDF)
» INTERVIEW: Dene Tha First Nation Traditional Knowledge Holders (360KB PDF)
» PRESENTATION: A Forensic Investigation of Crude Oil and Saline Spills, Dr. Kevin Timoney (12.8MB PDF - NOTE: This file is for personal use only and has been superseded by an analysis of data current to 2017)
» ABSTRACT: A Forensic Investigation of Crude Oil and Saline Spills, Dr. Kevin Timoney (130KB PDF)
» PRESENTATION: Hay River Basin Pollution Investigation, KOTW Project Manager Jule Asterisk (2.9MB PDF)
» POSTER: Media conference and information session (770KB PDF)

VIDEO: Solar4All: A solar project partnership between Keepers of the Athabasca and Beaver Lake Cree Nation
April 18, 2017
The Beaver Lake Cree Nation and the Keepers of the Athabasca partnered together to launch a small-scale, 24.65kW solar project installed at the community school. The sponsors of this project include: Alberta EcoTrust Foundation, Glasswaters Foundation, and The Society of High Prairie Regional Environmental Action Committee. Learn more about the project and meet some of those involved.
» VIDEO: Solar4All (4:10)

APPEAL FOR SUPPORT: The Hay River Basin pollution investigation and remediation planning
January 29, 2017
The Keepers of the Water seek your help to complete the final step of our Hay River Basin Pollution Study. For many years, Traditional Knowledge Carriers and Indigenous hunter trappers of NW Alberta have seen significant deterioration of their traditional lands, waters, plants, wildlife and livelihoods caused by petroleum installation spills and pipelines breaks. The Keepers of the Water, in partnership with the First Nations of NW Alberta, have sponsored a comprehensive study of these pollution events combining the traditional knowledge of the Dene and Cree trappers and knowledge carriers with the best of current wetland science. The findings, implications and recommendations will be presented at the University of Alberta on February 2, 2017, with as many Native scholars and leaders at the presentation and followup discussion as possible. We sincerely seek your support to ensure these leaders are all present to participate in the conversation with Keepers and the authorities that ensues. For more information on this presentation, see the poster in the news item below, and to support this important project of the Keepers, please visit the new donations page for the Keepers of the Water.
» APPEAL FOR SUPPORT: The Hay River Basin pollution investigation and remediation planning

RELEASE: Uncontrollable oil seepage continues on weapons range
November 28, 2016
In 2009 and 2013, reports of a new type of 'spill' surfaced in the Cold Lake region, in which the earth's crust is cracked, broken, and oozing bitumen. After an investigation of the spills, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) released new conditions on CNRL's approval on March 21, 2016. Unfortunately, the new lower steam pressure in these regulations was too late to prevent the irrevocable destruction of geology at Primrose Lake. Imperial Oil is now planning a new extreme oil extraction operation at Marie Lake. Locals are concerned, and hopefully the special geology, prior history of local issues, and special conditions for approvals may change their mind.
» RELEASE: Uncontrollable oil seepage continues on weapons range (160KB PDF)
» RELEASE: CNRL Primrose incident caused by excessive steaming; AER releases final investigation report (50KB PDF)
» REPORT: Distribution of total dissolved solids in McMurray Formation water in the Athabasca oil sands region, Alberta, Canada: Implications for regional hydrogeology and resource development (670KB 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)

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

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The Keepers of the Athabasca depends upon our many sponsors and volunteers who make our activities possible. Thank you for helping to keep the Athabasca!
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