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The Slave River Coalition is a community initiative seeking to foster holistic public engagement with the Slave River through traditional, recreational and educational activities that support the social, environmental and economic sustainability of the watershed.

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June 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Tu Betá Ts’ena – Water is Life

Join us in Fort Smith, NT August 2 - 4 2017 for Keepers XI – Tu Beta Ts’ena (Water is Life) gathering to celebrate the river, secure our watershed, and imagine a healthy future. Hosted in partnership with Smith's Landing First Nation and the Keepers of the Water. This is an exciting time because it is the 10th anniversary of Tu Beta Ts’ena and the 11th Annual Keepers Gathering. The purpose of this gathering is to bring people together in celebration of the Slave River (and larger Mackenzie Basin), understand threats and opportunities to the water, and provide low-barrier solutions for participants and residents to take action to protect, secure, and restore the watershed. We aim to provide a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable environment to openly share, learn, and co-create solutions to pressing environmental issues and nurture healing and understanding by reconnecting people to the one thing that brings us together – the Water. In the end, we hope to see participants leave feeling informed and inspired. We will include Traditional Knowledge Holders in all aspects of the Gathering to honour local Indigenous groups and foster an atmosphere of reconciliation and healing between people and the land. Program to be added soon! Register at search Tu Beta Ts’ena (no cost -- we would like to anticipate numbers)

Slave River

The mighty Slave River stretches over 430 kilometres from the Peace-Athabasca Delta in Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta, sustained by the flows of the great Athabasca and Peace Rivers. A wide channel of silt-laden fresh water heading northward, the otherwise peaceful Slave is marked by four sets of raging rapids before calmly entering Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories.

Abundant in migratory birds, moose, fish, bears and other fur-bearing animals like beaver, mink and muskrat, the Slave River watershed has served as a key source of food and clothing for Indigenous peoples since time immemorial.

From the first canoes to the iconic 19th century paddle wheelers, the river has served as a trade and transportation route for hundreds of years. Whether it’s kayaks playing on the world class whitewater or motorboats heading out moose hunting, people’s connection to the Slave River remains strong to this day.

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