Athabasca River Basin Stewardship Conference & AEN Annual General Meeting

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A bioregional gathering of all friends of the Athabasca River Basin from Jasper through Ft. Chipewyan and beyond. The conference will offer an exciting opportunity to support and strengthen existing groups and build new ones as we build and launch a coalition focusing on the protection of the Athabasca River.The weekend will include plenaries and panel discussions on water management in the province and for the Athabasca specifically. Speakers currently include: Dr. David Schindler, Dr. John O'Connor, Andrew Nikiforuk, and many more.The Alberta Environmental Network Annual General Meeting and Spring Caucus Meetings will be held in conjunction with the conference. Caucuses include:

  • Clean Air & Energy;
  • Toxics & Waste Avoidance;
  • Forests & Wilderness;
  • Water;
  • Agriculture;
  • Parks;
  • Electricity Working Group; and
  • Oil Sands Strategy Working Group.

Joint registration for the conference and AEN meetings is available. Conference ScheduleDownload Conference Program (pdf) Registration Information Friday, June 1 Athabasca River Basin Stewardship DayTimeConference Session9:00amRegistration OpensTable Set up for participant organizational displays11:00am Gathering Perspectives on the Athabasca River Basin12:30pmLunch 1:00pmWatershed stewardship and Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils2:00pmAlberta First Nations Water Stewardship Plan 3:00pmBreak 3:15pm Developing an Athabasca River Basin Alliance? 4:30pmCitizens of the Mackenzie/Arctic Basin - Keepers of the Water and Keepers of the PeaceChief Roland Willson 5:00pmWelcome Dinner (Athabasca Native Friendship Centre)7:00pm Athabasca University Wine and Cheese (Athabasca University Council Chamber)

  • Dr.Robert Holmberg, Centre for Science, Athabasca University: "The Athabasca River Basin: from glacier to delta"
  • Bev Yee, Assistant Deputy Minister Environmental Stewardship: "Overview of Government of Alberta management framework for the Athabasca River Basin."
  • Dr.Frits Pannkoek, Athabasca University President: "Human River History Overview University."
  • Wine and Cheese Reception to follow sponsored by Athabasca University

 Saturday, June 2Development, Management, And Protection Of The Athabasca River BasinTimeConference SessionAEN Session 8:00amRegistrationNancy Appleby Theatre, 4720 48th Street 8:30amOpening of Athabasca River Basin Conference: Water for Life or Water for StrifeNancy Appleby Theatre 9:00amHistory of oil and water in AlbertaNancy Appleby TheatreMr. Andrew Nikiforuk, freelance journalist 10:00am Break 10:15amHuman health concerns and the Athabasca RiverNancy Appleby TheatreDr. John O’Connor, PhysicianAEN Caucus MeetingsAthabasca Community Centre (lower level)

  • Agriculture Caucus
  • Parks Caucus

 10:45amThe Politics of Smart GrowthNancy Appleby TheatreDr. David Swann, MLA for Calgary Mountainview11:45amQ & A for morning SpeakersNancy Appleby Theatre 12:00 noonLunch 1:00pm"Threats to the Lower Athabasca River from Climate Warming and Oil Sands Development"Athabasca Community Centre (lower level)Dr. David Schindler 2:00pmWhere to from here? Moving aheadAthabasca Community Centre (upper level)Panel discussion including:

  • Simon Dyer, Pembina Institute
  • Alan Adam, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
  • Danielle Droitsch, Bow Riverkeeper
  • Randall Barrett, Alberta Environment

AEN Caucus MeetingsAthabasca Community Centre (lower level)

  • Toxics and Waste Avoidance Caucus
  • Forests and Wilderness Caucus

3:00pmRefreshment Break 3:15pmPanel comments, Delegate Q&A and DiscussionAthabasca Community Centre (upper level)AEN Caucus MeetingsAthabasca Community Centre (lower level)

  • Clean Air/Energy Caucus
  • Oil Sands Strategy Working Group

5:00pmAEN BarbecueLocation TBA 7:00pmCelebration Of Athabasca River: Music, Dance And ArtNancy Appleby Theatre  Sunday, June 3TimeConference Session AEN Session 9:00amNature Walkregistered parties please meet at the Community CentreMeeting of AEN, First Nations, Keepers of the WaterAthabasca Community Centre (upper level)12:00noonLunch 1:00pmCommunity and Regional Water InitiativesAthabasca Community Centre (upper level)Panel discussion featuring:

  • Connie Bresnahan, Hinton Bioregional Society
  • David De Rosa, Area Fisheries Biologist, Slave Lake
  • Shawn Wasel, Baptiste, Island and Skeleton Lakes
  • Watershed and Lake Stewardship Council (BISL)
  • Carly Steiger, Long Lake Junior Forest Wardens

AEN Annual General MeetingAthabasca Community Centre (lower level)2:30pmBreak 2:45pmAthabasca Town and County Water Management Plan Athabasca Community Centre (upper level)

  • Rob Balay, Town of Athabasca
  • representative from County of Athabasca

3:30pmRecreation and Tourism PerspectivesAthabasca Community Centre (upper level)Panel discussion featuring:

  • Nadine Hallett, Athabasca Country Tourism
  • Kelly Harlton, Wildside Wilderness Connection, Slave Lake
  • Rene and Linda Garton, hunting and fishing guides, Smith
  • Bill Black, President Magnificent River Rats Society

4:20pmClosing Remarks Athabasca Community Centre (upper level)Jerry MacLean, Athabasca Peace Initiative/ Athabasca Heritage Society InformationParticipants may get more information from the Conference Committee via: Harvey Scott, (780)675-4158, [email protected]; or Robert Holmberg, (780)675-6203, robert [at] athabascau [dot] caInformation is also located at the Alberta Stewardship Network and the Alberta Environment Network websites. Further website links will be posted.Accomodation And MealsLunches and break snacks are catered and included in the registration fee. Breakfasts and dinners can be obtained at Athabasca's several good restaurants very near the conference venues.Four good motels will offer conference rates: Athabasca Inn (780)675-2294; Athabasca Lodge (780)675-2266; Hillside Motel (780)675-5111; and Super 8 (780)675-8888.Athabasca has several good Bed and Breakfasts. Camping with services at a modest per diem is available at the Town Campsite on riverfront very close to the conference centre. A limited number of spaces providing full room and three-meal board at a modest cost will be available at University of Alberta's Meanook Biological Station south of Athabasca. Free camping is available at the Meanook Station. For more information please contact Lindsay Telfer at (780)439-1160 or conference [at] aenweb [dot] caRegistrationIf you plan to attend the conference, please register online at the AEN website; or download the registration form and email or fax it to the AEN office by no later than May 30, 2007. In-person registration and payment will be accepted when you arrive Friday or Saturday, but we encourage you to pre-register. Registration fee of $30 covers lunch, snacks and other conference costs.Conference Supporters And Cooperators

  • Alberta Stewardship Network
  • Alberta Environmental Network
  • Athabasca University
  • Science Outreach Athabasca
  • Crooked Creek Conservancy Society of Athabasca
  • Athabasca Peace Initiative
  • Athabasca Native Friendship Centre
  • Athabasca Heritage Society