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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Newsletters
» NEWSLETTER: Keepers of the Athabasca, June 2015 (740KB PDF)
The latest news from the Keepers, including reports on the We are the Land Conference, Healing Walk 2010-14, and more.

» NEWSLETTER: Keepers of the Athabasca, July 2011 (1.2MB 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: A Rapidly Changing Landscape: Degradation, Climate Change, and Treaty Rights
August 20, 2015
While the Canadian Chamber of Commerce suggests that industry and Aboriginal communities could align to extract resources, many Aboriginal communities would rather align to clean up Alberta's landscape, debilitated by pipeline breaks, cut lines, and over 50,000 abandoned well pads.... Real urgency exists for those living off the land, yet in an election year, with the Government of Canada more interested in attack ads and terrorists, than attacking unsustainability and climate change we are forced to simply document these abuses of nature, to take up the case with a new government.
» RELEASE: A Rapidly Changing Landscape: Degradation, Climate Change, and Treaty Rights (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)

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)

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)

Blast Zone signs warn of train danger
June 25, 2015
The Keepers of the Athabasca call on Transport Canada to perform independent inspections instead of relying on rail companies, in order to verify public safety. Commemorating two years after Lac Megantic, Keepers are putting up "Blast Zone" signs to warn the public that within 1 kilometre from passing trains, we are in the ‘blast zone’.
» RELEASE: Blast Zone signs warn of train danger (140KB PDF)

Open Letter regarding the Swan Hills Treatment Centre
June 8, 2015
In this letter, we state our concerns related to the reissuing of the Government of Alberta Approval for the Swan Hills Treatment Centre (SHTC) operated by SENA Waste Services Inc, which approval expires on November 15, 2015. First operational in 1987, SHTC treats hazardous waste in many ways, including hazardous waste incinerators and deep well injection. SHTC has released hazardous material into the environment both as 'allowable emissions' and un-planned releases.
» LETTER: To the ESRD regarding the Swan Hills Treatment Centre (140KB PDF)
» LETTER: Response from the ESRD (560KB PDF)
» LETTER: To the ESRD with further information (127KB PDF)
» DOCUMENT: Aboriginal Society and Alberta's Natural Resources Conservation Board (1992) (700KB PDF)
» DOCUMENT: Elder Interviews, Regional Elders Environment Commission (600KB PDF)
» DOCUMENT: Presentation of Grand Chief Jim Badger to the Environmental Appeal Board (127KB PDF)
» DOCUMENT: Hazardous Waste: Disrupted Lives; First Nation perspectives on the Alberta Special Waste Treatment Centre at Swan Hills (400KB PDF)
» REPORT: Technical Update for the Lesser Slave Watershed (State of the Watershed) (6.4MB PDF)

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