Keepers of the Water VI: Our Waters are One
September 26-29, 2012 · Fort Nelson, BC
A Watershed Gathering of stewards of the Arctic Ocean Drainage Basin


Keepers of the Water VI comes to a close.

Thank you to all our guests, participants, and Keepers for attending this important event, and safe journey home.

Everyone is now invited to sign onto the Indigenous Declaration for Protecting Mother Earth and Water, endorsed at the Keepers of the Water VI Gathering, hosted by the Fort Nelson First Nation.
» Press Release: One Land One People: Keepers of the Water commit to protect water (64kb PDF)
» Indigenous Declaration for Protecting Mother Earth and Water (33kb DOCX)


The Arctic Ocean Drainage Basin needs your voice.

Keepers of the Water VI: Our Waters are One, a watershed gathering hosted by Fort Nelson First Nation, featured keynote presentations by Maude Barlow, Wade Davis and Jon Waterhouse, and was facilitated by David Marshall.

Building upon the principles of our founding Gathering in Liidlii Kue, Denedeh (Fort Simpson, NWT) in 2006, this year's gathering highlighted the Fort Nelson-Liard River basin. The use of record-breaking mass-scale fracking is causing concern among our people and those who live downstream in the Arctic Ocean Basin. Our people are increasingly worried about the impacts that fracking will have on the land, the rivers and the muskeg. Through this gathering, we aimed to bring our concerns and solutions to the world.

Keynote speakers, expert panelists, guest presenters and participants from all levels of government, area industries, science and academia, environmental groups and private citizens joined First Nations peoples in raising awareness, voicing concerns and exploring collaborative solutions to address the cumulative demands of fracking upon our ecosystems.

» Conference program (5.5Mb PDF)


Our waters are one; our voices are many. Spread the word.

Media: Press releases, visuals, and contact information is available on our Information for Media page.
» Release: Keepers of the Water gathering in Fort Nelson to protect Arctic Ocean Basin (289kb DOC)
» Release: Keepers of the Water gathering in Fort Nelson to protect Arctic Ocean Basin (130kb PDF)

Please distribute our call to your friends and contacts. Download and display our poster.
» POSTER: Keepers of the Water VI (800Kb PDF)
» POSTER: Keepers of the Water VI with keynotes (660Kb PDF)
» POSTER: Keepers of the Water VI with Dene and Cree (691Kb PDF)
» BANNER: Keepers of the Water VI (60Kb PDF)