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.

What is the Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS)? (Link) 

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.

Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site, Courtesy of Government of Alberta

Selected Letters of Support: 

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.