Healing Walk 2011
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.

Our mission: 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.

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Healing Walk 2014


Join us on the Fifth and Final Healing Walk, June 27-29, 2014
This year marks the fifth and final annual Healing Walk in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Join the people of the Athabasca for this important gathering, as we turn our 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)
What's New
RESOLUTION: Keepers release Resolution opposing aggression against the Unist'ot'en Camp
June 7, 2014
Keepers of the Water, KoW Beaver River Council, and Keepers of the Athabasca have released a Resolution opposing government, military and police aggression against the Unist'ot'en Camp and the traditional Gitxsan Wet'suwet'en people who are asserting and protecting natural law on their birthright.
» Read the Resolution (72Kb PDF)

RELEASE: Long-term damage to the Athabasca River is anticipated from the Obed coal tailings spill
November 28, 2013
Keepers of the Water and Keepers of the Athabasca have released a statement regarding the anticipated long-term damage to the Athabasca River from the breaching of a containment pond at the Obed Mountain coal mine.
» Read the full statement (433Kb PDF)

RELEASE: First Nations and NGOs Demand Full Disclosure and Government Action on Toxic Coal Mine Spill
December 18, 2013
First Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are concerned that the Alberta Government and Sherritt International continue to downplay the effects of the release of 670-million litres of coal mine wastes into the Athabasca River watershed and that the federal government has remained silent on the spill. A committee formed of several groups, including Keepers of the Athabasca, have released a statement demanding the federal government lay charges against Sherritt under the Fisheries Act, and say further charges are warranted.
» RELEASE: Read the full statement (66Kb PDF)
» VIDEO: Public Forum: Slurry and Spills in the Athabasca, December 2, 2013 (YouTube)
» BACKGROUND: Data Shines Light on Efforts to Keep Public in the Dark and Downplay Impacts of Massive Spill

RELEASE: Long-term damage to the Athabasca River is anticipated from the Obed coal tailings spill
November 28, 2013
Keepers of the Water and Keepers of the Athabasca have released a statement regarding the anticipated long-term damage to the Athabasca River from the breaching of a containment pond at the Obed Mountain coal mine.
» Read the full statement (433Kb PDF)

LETTER: Keepers of the Athabasca releases a general letter to the Boreal Business Forum
November 25, 2013
Keepers of the Athabasca would like to thank all companies for participating in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). Unfortunately, neither Forest Stewardship Council certifications nor the CBFA are benefiting Alberta caribou. Therefore, we respectfully ask you to take one more step for forest conservation and avoid purchasing Alberta wood products until caribou critical habitat in Alberta receives the protection it needs to ensure caribou survival.
» Read the full letter and view accompanying map (250Kb PDF)

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