Athabasca River Watershed


Keepers of the Water Community Based Water Quality Monitoring Program

Keepers of the Water have created educational resources for schools and communities that can serve as teaching tools on the importance of biodiversity in Northern watersheds. Their Community Based Water Monitoring Program - Multimedia Interactive Map Project will expand their strategic communications capacity, assert Indigenous sovereignty, and bridge the data vacuum created by Canadian policymakers. KOW’s work begins with grassroots water monitoring of the Athabasca River, heavily impacted by coal, pulp and paper industries and the oil sands region extraction projects.  This ambitious campaign initiated in May 2022 will look to the future to continue data collection. The project will advance knowledge of impacts to sacred watersheds to uphold commitments to elevate decolonized traditional Indigenous water governance which can be accomplished by emphasizing Indigenous land-based knowledge, language and culture.