Keepers of the Athabasca

Healing Walk Past Toxic Tailings Ponds

"This is not a protest, but a way to help heal what has been destroyed and to give each other the spiritual strength to carry on."

Fort McMurray – First Nations, Metis elders, community members and other supporters will take part in a 13-kilometre 'healing walk' tomorrow that will pass by the vast tar sands operations of Syncrude and Suncor - once prime First Nation berry picking and hunting ground - to bring attention to the devastation of land andwater and to show the real suffering that comes with tar sands development. Read more about Healing Walk Past Toxic Tailings Ponds

Thousands of industrial incidents raise serious concerns about toxic oil industry

Greenpeace Canada, Sierra Club Prairie, Keepers of the Athabasca and Global Forest Watch Canada today released two databases compiled by prominent scientist Dr. Kevin Timoney, one with more than 6,500 incidents, regarding tar sands operations that raise serious concerns about how the Alberta government allows oil companies to operate in this province. Read more about Thousands of industrial incidents raise serious concerns about toxic oil industry

Tar Sands Healing Walk

Aug 14 2010 - 6:00am

We, the Keepers of the Athabasca, are calling on allies and supporters to join us on a healing walk on Saturday, August 14th, 2010. We are asking all community members of the Tar Sands region and supporters to come out and walk for the healing of the land and our sacred waters. The walk will be led by First Nation and Metis elders and community members but we are hoping that our allies will come out to walk beside them as supporters as well. Read more about Tar Sands Healing Walk

Location

meet at Lions Park on Tolen Drive Fort McMurray , AB

Oil sands application threatens Canadian Heritage River designation

Bait and switch application could mean 17,000 cubic meters per day from Alberta's Clearwater river not accounted for in original ERCB approval would be lost to SAGD and chemical processes

An application to Alberta Environment by Nexen Inc. for a water licence would be the first to enable the diversion of water from a designated Canadian Heritage River, the Clearwater River in north eastern Alberta, for unrecoverable use in oil sands upgrading and steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) for the Nexen Long Lake Project. Public notice of the application was placed in Alberta papers this week. Read more about Oil sands application threatens Canadian Heritage River designation

"Keeping the Athabasca" Citizens' Water Forum and Watershed Stewardship Workshop

Mar 3 2010 - 7:00am to Mar 6 2010 - 7:00am

Keeping the Athabasca: Water is Life… As Long as the Rivers Flow

A Citizens' Inquiry into the Monitoring, Management & Protection of our Athabasca Basin Watersheds, Surface & Ground Waters

Summary

The Keepers of the Athabasca and their cooperating partners invite you to participate in our March 03 -06 "Keeping the Water : Water is Life...As Long as the Rivers Flow..." Gathering , a free citizens'  forum and stewardship workshop examining the management, monitoring and protection of  our Athabasca Basin watersheds and surface and ground waters. These Athabasca meetings are part of an ongoing series of community groundwater and watershed forums held in  Athabasca Basin communities this winter. Together with Crooked Creek Conservancy, Safe Drinking Water Foundation, Athabasca University and Science Outreach Athabasca, the Keepers of the Athabasca are hosting three days of water educational meetings here at Athabasca. These events are to be held at several Athabasca Town venues. More detailed information will be posted at the Keepers of the Water website and that of the Safe Drinking Water Foundation (SDWF). Read more about "Keeping the Athabasca" Citizens' Water Forum and Watershed Stewardship Workshop

Location

Various locations
Athabasca , AB

Woodland Caribou herds declining toward extinction in Alberta

Provincial recovery plan for caribou authorizes more logging, and oil and gas development in Alberta’s foothills caribou forests

Rural and provincial conservation groups today distributed copies of a new provincial government recovery plan for Alberta’s endangered woodland caribou. The ‘Action Plan for West-Central Alberta Caribou Recovery’ authorizes ongoing logging and oil and gas development in the caribou home ranges north of Hinton and Grande Cache. The groups also displayed more than two dozen Alberta government and science reports, consultations and recovery plans for caribou released since the late 1970’s, showing industrial impacts on forests and wildlife as the root cause of caribou decline.

The groups highlighted the fact that the government did not act on the previous plans written since the 1970’s, while at the same time Alberta’s caribou population has declined by almost two-thirds, from a high of an estimated population of 7,000 - 9,000 in the 1960’s to an estimated 3,000 today. Last year, a Canada-wide scientific review found that Alberta’s herds of woodland caribou were the most in danger of extinction among all provinces. Logging and oil and gas allocations increased rapidly during the 1980’s and 1990’s and now blanket Alberta forests. Read more about Woodland Caribou herds declining toward extinction in Alberta

Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Canada Not Implementing Numerous Legal Obligations That Protect Fresh Water in Oil Sands

Ottawa and Calgary — The federal government is failing to enforce and implement numerous laws that are in place to protect the water — in many cases the drinking water — for tens of thousands of Canadians who live near oil sands operations. According to a new report released today, this failure affects people who live in Fort Chipewyan, Fort Smith, Fort MacKay and also in Yellowknife. Read more about Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Lesser Slave Lake Regional Watershed Conference: Water is Life

Oct 10 2009 - 3:00pm to Oct 11 2009 - 12:00am

The Smith Environmental Association will sponsor a watershed conference that is being organized by the Athabasca Keepers of the Watershed Council to be held in Slave Lake, Alberta, Saturday, October 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Center.

The event will be called the "Lesser Slave Lake Regional Watershed Conference" and entitled "Water Is Life". Read more about Lesser Slave Lake Regional Watershed Conference: Water is Life

Location

Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre
416 6 Avenue NE
Slave Lake , AB

Tar Sands Rally

Jun 16 2008 - 2:00pm to Jun 17 2008 - 2:00am

On June 16th a coalition of efforts, including the Sierra Club, Forest Ethics, Keepers of the Athabasca and Greenpeace will be hosting an activity in Calgary to draw attention to the devastation from the Tar Sands for the environment and downstream communities.

Rally Against the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers — Investors in the Destructive and Toxic Tar Sands!

Environmental and Human Rights Abuses Ignored While Profits Soar

Hey folks! As Alberta quickly gains an international reputation as a climate criminal, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is holding an Oil and Gas Investment Symposium in Calgary from June 16-18. Please join us on June 16, 2008, at 11am in front of the Hyatt Calgary.

The event will bring together over 85 companies and 375 investors from Canada, the USA, and around the world - many of these folks being active and big funders in the Tar Sands, with others looking to expand into that market. This year, a bunch of different groups are looking to send them a clear message: Don't Invest in the Toxic Tar Sands!!! Read more about Tar Sands Rally

Location

Hyatt Regency Calgary
700 Centre Street SE (Stephen Avenue Entrance)
Calgary , AB

Unanimous passing of No New Oil Sands Approvals resolution at the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs Meeting

Keepers of the Athabasca

For Immediate Release
February 25th, 2008

Calgary - From Wednesday to Friday of last week, Treaty Chiefs representing the Treaties 6,7 and 8 nations of Alberta met and passed a resolution, unanimously, to support the calls for no new oil sands approvals until Treaty First Nations have approved a comprehensive watershed management plan and resource development plan for the region. Read more about Unanimous passing of No New Oil Sands Approvals resolution at the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs Meeting

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