Who We Are
The Athabasca Watershed Council (AWC) is a registered charity and not-for-profit organization formed in August, 2009. We work with academia, industry, environmental and stewardship groups, various levels of government, communities, citizens, and Indigenous peoples to provide timely and credible information about the Athabasca River watershed.
The AWC strives to keep the Athabasca River watershed ecologically healthy, socially responsible, and economically sustainable.
The Athabasca Watershed Council demonstrates leadership and facilitates informed decision-making in the Athabasca River watershed by bringing stakeholders and Indigenous peoples together to promote, foster respect, and plan for an ecologically healthy watershed that supports social responsibility and economic sustainability.
The Athabasca Watershed Council logo was created and donated to the Council by Nona Foster, in February 2010. Nona described her work as follows:
“The Athabasca River, as a major River system, starts in the mountains, at Jasper (my native ancestors lived there). The River is influenced by different terrain, forests, prairie, low lands, running north to Athabasca lake in northern Alberta. It was used as a trade route and by the Native people. I hoped to express this with the drop of water, mountains, forest, river and feathers. Athabasca is an anglicized Cree word meaning ‘grass or reeds here and there’.”
- We value integrity, trust, and transparency.
- We respect all points of view.
- Water is a blessing and gift and is essential for environment, society, economy and the spirit.
- Respect the environment and people.
- We believe in consensus decision making.
- We respect economic necessities.
- We value a high standard of achievement and conduct in the WPAC.
- We value ecological health as foundational to all life.
- We value timely responses to issues.
- We value and respect the Indigenous peoples, culture, and knowledge in the Athabasca Watershed.
- We value inclusivity.
- We value creativity, innovation, and risk taking.
- We are responsible and accountable to all members.
- We are purpose driven.
Water For Life
The AWC is one of eleven designated Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) working in partnership with the Government of Alberta towards achieving the goals of the Water for Life strategy:
Safe, secure drinking water
Healthy aquatic ecosystems
Reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy