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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
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

MEDIA CONFERENCE: Completion of phase 1 of the Hay River Basin pollution investigation
January 9, 2017
A media conference and information session will be held February 2, 2017 at noon 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 media conference will take place at Corbett Hall at the University of Alberta, and will include a presentation by Dr. Kevin Timoney. See the poster for further information.
» POSTER: Media conference and information session (770KB PDF)

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)

REPORT: Indigenous Climate Action: Final Meeting Report
October 26, 2016
The Indigenous Peoples Meeting on Climate Change was coordinated and organized based on our belief that there was and still is an urgent need to engage Indigenous communities in Canada on the important topic of climate change, climate change policy, and the intersectionality of the rights of Indigenous peoples. Keepers of the Athabasca served as host for the meeting, building a movement for Indigenous-led Climate Justice.
» REPORT: Indigenous Climate Action: Final Meeting Report (3.4MB PDF)
» WEBSITE: Indigenous Climate Action

RELEASE: More testing, new technology asked of hazardous waste incinerator
October 11, 2016
Keepers of the Athabasca met with SUEZ Environmental (replacing SENA) and Alberta Environment and Parks on September 9, 2016. We agreed to work together to address effects of 'unplanned' and 'allowable' PCB, dioxin, and furan releases, and managing hazardous wastes. SUEZ Environmental agreed to provide a plan to perform core samples in the Towns of Slave Lake, Athabasca, and Fort Assiniboine. Keepers of the Athabasca proposes to examine 'oxidation' technology as an alternative to incineration of PCB waste, and SUEZ has agreed to help investigate this technology. We ask Alberta Environment and Alberta Health to help facilitate this work to respond to our concerns, which are the concerns of many in communities all around the SHTC. Our previous open letters and further documentation are below.
» 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)
» LETTER: Response from the ESRD following further information (221KB PDF)
» LETTER: To the AE&P raising concerns about direct responses from the contractor (176KB PDF)
» RELEASE: More testing, new technology asked of hazardous waste incinerator (430KB 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)

RELEASE: Join us September 6 to support the Justice for the Peace Caravan
August 30, 2016
First Nations leaders, Elders and other community members from Treaty 8 are driving across Canada to focus on the importance of the latest legal challenge to the Site C Dam project on the Peace River. On September 6, Elder Nancy Scanie will lead a Water Ceremony at the Alberta Legislature at 8am, before the caravan leaves. Come gather, bring water from a precious natural place, and bring yourself in solidarity with people protecting land and water for a better future.
» RELEASE: Justice for the Peace! Caravan (107KB 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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