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.

Register here: Registration is FREE, make a donation if you can. 

Please bring a plate and utensils.



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We have been working on a number of options for your travel and accommodation needs. As we cannot offer travel assistance for participants, we are trying to make it affordable for everyone.

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