Earlier this month, residents of Fort Chipewyan joined the final community Water Conversation to share their thoughts on how water should be managed for the future. Here is a summary of what they had to say.
Attendees: 14, including representatives of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Mikisew Cree First Nation
- It’s important to speak with local people, who understand what’s happening with the water and on the land.
- Action is needed now – it doesn’t matter which level of government completes the work – provided the work gets done.
- Part of having healthy lakes is monitoring air emissions, which can pollute water from hundreds of kilometres away.
- Attendees are concerned about the impact of B.C.’s Site C dam on the health of lakes in the region.
- Attendees are also concerned about the recent spills that have impacted lakes.
Drinking water and wastewater systems
- Safe drinking water is a right for all living in Alberta.
- Information collected about the impacts of industry on the quality of drinking water must be made available to local residents and the public.
- Quality drinking water is important not just for the people in the region, but the fish and wildlife, as well.
- Important that local trappers and hunters be engaged to provide input.
- Attendees were looking for clarification about what hydraulic fracturing is and whether it was occurring in the region.
- More information is needed on the topic.
- Participants indicated that there should be a way for polluters of Alberta’s waterway to loose their “first in time, first in right” priority.
- Alberta’s First Nations must be consulted with about B.C.’s Site C dam project.
- Concern expressed about the amount of water being used by industry and industrial impact on wildlife.
Ideas shared during community conversations, through email and online workbook submissions, will be compiled into a “what we heard” report to be released this summer.
Thank you for taking the time to join the Water Conversation.