We have so far received more than seventy letters of support from river communities and community groups, and Alberta Minister of Environment Jason Nixon has committed support for the project!
We are presently finalizing a Nomination Document for the North Saskatchewan River in Alberta, to be submitted for consideration at the CHRS Board in Fall 2021. Earlier this year, Smoky Lake County partnered with Wise Use to conduct a Public Input Survey, which received hundreds of responses from across the province. In May, we published the 'What We Heard Report' which will be viewed here.
The CHRS serves to commemorate and celebrate the values that make exceptional Canadian Rivers unique and special.
The North Saskatchewan River (NSR) has previously been identified as representing outstanding and exceptional value. In the Smoky Lake Region, this includes the Victoria District National Historic Site of Canada, Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site, Metis Crossing, and many other sites of significance near the river corridor.
Selected Letters of Support:
- Alberta Senator Paula Simons, (web link)
- City of Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, (web link)
- Clearwater County, Reeve Camie Laird, (web link)
- Fort Edmonton Park Management Co., (web link)
- North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA), (web link)
- River Valley Alliance (RVA), (web link)
- Alberta Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Aheer, (web link)
- Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations (COT6FN), Grand Chief Vernon Watchmaker, (web link)
- Metis Nation of Alberta (MNA), President Audrey Poitras, (web link)
- Town of Rocky Mountain House, Mayor Tammy Burke, (web link)
- Alberta Senator Douglas Black, Deputy Chair, Senate Standing Committee on Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources, (web link)
- Shawn Bradford, Sr. VP Water Canada, EPCOR Utilities Inc, (web link)
NOTE: Designation is commemorative. The Management Plan (aka Designation Document) is not an additional layer of regulation or red tape. It does not affect jurisdiction or ownership. Instead, Designation is intended to promote public respect, engagement, and participation in making good river-management decisions.