Joint Press Release Dene Nation and Assembly of First Nations - Dene Nation National Environment and Water Summit - "Putting a Face to the Water Crisis"



    OTTAWA, Oct. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Dene Nation and the Assembly of First
Nations are pleased to announce the Dene Nation National Environment and Water
Summit this November 4 to 6, 2008 in the territory of the Yellowknives Dene in
Yellowknife, NWT. This meeting is of significant importance for First Nations,
and will provide a forum for delegations to discuss water and water related
concerns as they relate to First Nation, Inuit and Metis communities across
Canada.
    This summit will bring together our Traditional Knowledge keepers with
those familiar with new technology to talk about the protection of the sacred
element of water for our future generations. By bringing these experts
together during the summit, participants will have an opportunity to develop
strategies and policies to prepare for the impacts of climate change,
industrial pollution and development on water.
    Delegates from across Canada will have an opportunity to share their
experiences, triumphs and tragedies regarding the water in their territories
and to talk about the methods that they have used to protect and clean their
waterways. This summit will also provide an opportunity to share information,
ideas, innovations, and best practices that seek to both inspire and identify
solutions to help deal with Canada's ever growing water crisis.




For further information:

For further information: Barret Lenoir, Executive Assistant, Dene Nation
AFN NWT, (897)873-4081; Lola Antonius, Research Policy Analyst, Environmental
Stewardship Unit, Assembly of First Nations, (613)241-6789 ext. 310


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