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Supporting the conservation, healing, and protection of the Mackenzie River’s waterways and watersheds.
The Mackenzie Water Initiative is a collaborative Indigenous-led project that intends to develop a unified Treaty 8 position on water, implement multi-jurisdictional water management agreements, apply regional water management tools, and reform water governance through moving to a collaborative consent model for co-governing the Mackenzie River Basin watershed.
The intended impact of this initiative is the conservation, healing, and protection of the Mackenzie’s waterways and watersheds – which are increasingly threatened by resource extraction, development pressures, and climate change.
Achieving these big-picture and long-term goals will require a multi-year collaborative effort between Indigenous nations, provincial and federal governments, communities, NGOs, industry, and philanthropic organizations.
Treaty 8 was signed in 1899. the Chiefs have never met as a collective. The first meeting will be historic and help define Nation to Nation. This project can be a game changer. This is a major complex undertaking. The shared platform platform will assist us in getting the project off the drawing board to the implementation stage.
This project is about what Indigenous-led governance innovation looks like in action. It is exciting because it is unprecedented and has enormous implications for freshwater decision-making not just in Treaty 8 jurisdictions (BC, AB, NWT, SK, YK), but in all of Canada. The shared platform is critical to move this bold initiative forward.