In April 2014, a group of individuals resurrected an association, renamed it the Aberdeen Neighbourhood Association and brought in a consultant to help in the restructuring. The Aberdeen Neighbourhood Association’s mission is to develop a vibrant,healthy, and cohesive community in the Aberdeen Hills Neighbourhood. An important subcommittee is the Ajax Sub‐committee to review the Proposal presented by KGHM AJAX to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.
The Advancing Communities Foundation supports American Indian / Alaska Native communities through Educational Attainment, Environmental Stewardship, Public Health and Leadership Development. Their vision is to bridge the gap between local traditional environmental knowledge and credentialed professionals in order to achieve community goals through community participation.
Advocating and educating for the benefit of all Livingkind now and for generations to come. Clean Air Water and Soil is our CAWS. If we all protected OUR CAWS above all else our quality of life and food supply would be sustaining. If CAWS was a political platform we would transform the world.
Alaska Clean Water Advocacy is a project of the Earth Island Institute, which works to prevent the degradation of public waters through advocacy, education, litigation, legislation and market campaigns in support of the fundamental goals of the federal Clean Water Act: (1) all Alaska waters should protect aquatic life and be safe for recreation; (2) the discharge of all pollutants into public waters should be eliminated. Resource extraction and climate change are impacting the far north more dramatically than anywhere else on the planet. Our waters, and the people and wildlife that depend upon them every day, have never needed more support.
Alaska Community Action on Toxics has been advocating for environmental health and justice issues locally with communities, statewide, nationally, and internationally. We provide communities the scientific tools and training needed to advocate for their health and wellbeing. In Seward Alaska, we coordinated the Bucket Brigade which utilizes air quality monitoring by local citizens to prove impacts from coal loading activities
Founded in 2006, the Alliance for Appalachia is a regional coalition of grassroots, non-profit organizations with the goals of ending mountaintop removal, putting a halt to destructive coal technologies, and creating a sustainable, just Appalachia. They believe their campaign to abolish mountaintop removal mining is an important element of the national effort for progressive, systemic change in our nation’s economic, energy, and environmental policies.
The Amah Mutsun Land Trust was developed in 2012 to help the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band access ancestral lands, protect sacred sites, and regain the role as environmental stewards of their traditional territory. The Amah Mutsun Land Trust uses traditional knowledge, conservation fieldwork, and tribally-led ecological research to restore indigenous stewardship, protect natural and cultural resources, and educate the public about the history, perspectives, and stewardship priorities of their people. They work with a powerful array of conservation, government, and university partners to achieve shared conservation goals within traditional territory.
Amigos Bravos is a nationally recognized statewide river conservation organization guided by social justice principles and dedicated to preserving and restoring the ecological and cultural integrity of New Mexico’s rivers and watersheds. Our mission is to return New Mexico’s rivers to drinkable quality wherever possible; to see that natural flows are maintained and that artificial flows are regulated to protect and reclaim river ecosystems; to preserve and restore native riparian biodiversity; to support environmentally sound and sustainable traditional ways of life; and to ensure that environmental and social justice go hand-in-hand.
Amnesty International works to protect the rights of individuals and communities threatened by the operations of multinational corporations. The organization calls for the prevention of abuses, accountability of companies, remedies for those who have been abused, and protection of rights across borders when companies operate internationally.
Apache Stronghold is working to protect religious freedom and sacred sites at Apache Leap and Oak Flat from Rio Tinto’s Resolution Copper Project. Walk to Save Oak Flat was founded in 2015 to raise awareness and opposition to the proposal.
The Arizona Mining Coalition is comprised of Arizona groups and individuals that work to ensure that responsible mining contributes to healthy communities, a healthy environment, and, when all costs are factored in, is a net benefit to Arizona. The Arizona Mining Coalition expects the mining industry to clean up after itself, comply full and in the spirit of safeguards in place to protect Arizona, and to interact in a transparent and open manner with Arizona citizens.
The mission of the Bad River Watershed Association is to promote a healthy relationship between the people and natural communities of the Bad River watershed by involving all citizens in assessing, maintaining and improving watershed integrity for future generations. �
Barriere Lake Solidarity has been working with the Algonquins of Barriere Lake since 2008. The Algonquins of Barriere Lake are a First Nation who hunt, fish, trap, and harvest on more than 10,000 square kilometers in Quebec. Barriere Lake Solidarity acts in support of efforts that are led by community members in the protection of their territory and the well-being of their community. They assist the community in opposing mining on their territory, as well as in asserting a decisive role in determining what forestry takes place. They also have assisted the community in recent years in resisting government intervention in the community’s governance process.
Black Mesa Water Coalition is dedicated to preserving and protecting Mother Earth and the integrity of Indigenous Peoples’ cultures, with the vision of building sustainable and healthy communities. BMWC was formed in 2001 by a group of young inter-tribal, inter-ethnic people dedicated to addressing issues of water depletion, natural resource exploitation, and health promotion within Navajo and Hopi communities. Over our past 10 years BMWC has transformed from a small student group to a well-established organization that is a recognized leader in energy and environmental justice issues across the southwest and the country.
Organized in 2007 to support community members who working for over twenty years to improve cleanup of the Homestake-Barrick Gold uranium mill tailings Superfund Site, the Bluewater Valley Downstream Alliance identified the following goals: a) Restore underground aquifers in affected communities; b) If the underground aquifers cannot be restored, provide just compensation to homeowners for lost property; and c) Protect community members’ health and restore regional water sources for future generations.
Bodie Hills Conservation Partnerships a coalition of organizations working to permanently protect the Bodie Hills, an area with exceptional scenic, historic, and recreational values. Their mission is to “Create a healthy, sustainable future for the Bodie Hills that combines conservation and access, honors tradition and promotes the region’s scenic beauty, while protecting this special place from the boom and bust abuse of mining.”
The British Columbia Environmental Network (BCEN) is a network of community-based BC organizations working for a healthier BC since 1981. BCEN advocates for environmental responsibility and community participation in activities leading to ecological sustainability,and aim to strengthen the grassroots voice in British Columbia. To this end, they facilitate communication among environmental groups, other sectors, and individuals working on environmental issues.
The Brooks Range Council is made up of Alaskans who first came together the summer of 2012 to defend the Brooks Range from the industrialization of a major road proposal. They’re taking action because the state of Alaska and powerful mining interests seek to exploit the southern Brooks Range with large scale, open pit copper mining operations. Their heritage, way of life, and the fish, moose, and caribou that feed and sustain many of them are at stake.
Cabinet Resource Group is a Northwest Montana grassroots environmental organization started in 1976, located in the Kootenai National Forest near the pristine Cabinet Wilderness Area. Their primary focus has been preventing a dam at Kootenai Falls followed by battling the now closed Troy mine and proposed Rock Creek mine in Noxon. They have also sponsored local youth camps, hikes, and educational events.
CIEA was founded in 2006 to address mining toxins threatening physical and environmental health, and the cultural continuance of California Peoples and families. Their mission is to “protect and restore California Indian People’s cultural traditions, ancestral territories, means of subsistence and environmental health.” CIEA’s first directive was to educate pregnant women and families, to inform them that their traditional foods were contaminated. Today over 48 Tribal environmental departments and Councils advise CIEA on project goals and activities.
The mission of the Cascade Forest Conservancy (formerly the Gifford Pinchot Task Force) is to protect and sustain the forests, streams, wildlife, and communities in Washington’s South Cascades through conservation, education, and advocacy.
We hope to be part of a national movement to stop extreme energy extraction of all kinds. There are currently three communities in our valley that are threatened by coal mines that are in various stages of leasing and permitting, but there is currently no coal being extracted.
We appear to have just won a major victory against the mine that was closest to “development.” Usibelli Coal’s permit to mine at Wishbone Hill has been declared invalid by the federal Office of Surface Mining thanks to comments made at a public hearing by a Castle Mountain Coalition supporter.
Although a recent graduate in doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, I am a long term Yukon resident and my consulting company CCSG Associates has been involved in a variety of diverse mining related projects, research, advocacy, policy and regulation development, grassroots organizing and outreach in northern, national and international contexts. I have held it as my goal to work as a translator between academia, industry, policy and community-based values to achieve substantive work that has meaning on many different levels, with my skills as a researcher on the ground and in the books with a local focus.
Established in 1995, The Cedar Tree Institute is a nonprofit organization providing services and initiating projects in the areas of mental health, religion, and the environment. It offers mental health services on an individual basis, works with faith communities and environmental groups, and is currently involved in ongoing partnerships with the US Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Forest Service, and five American Indian tribes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The Center is focused on protecting imperiled species and special places from the adverse impacts of mining, including the area surrounding Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, and near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior in Minnesota.
The Chilkat Indian Village is a federally recognized tribal government. The people of Klukwan live in a small, ancient, Alaska Native village positioned on the banks of the Chilkat River in Southeast Alaska. Klukwan is located twenty-two miles north of Haines, Alaska and is on the Haines Highway with connections to Haines, Haines Junction, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Canada, and the Continental United States. The name Klukwan is taken from the Tlingit phrase “Tlakw Aan” which literally means “Ancient Village.” As of the census of 2000, there were 139 people, 44 households, and 31 families.
Children of the Taku Society (COTTS) is a volunteer non-profit society based out of the Yukon. Many of the members live in the heart of Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN) traditional territory, in or near Atlin, B.C. Children of the Taku have joined with Taku River Tlingit First Nation to restore and protect the culture, traditions and heritage of the TRTFN in traditional territory. COTTS works with TRTFN leadership and citizens to protect the benefits, health, productivity and integrity of their traditional territory for future generations.
Founded in 1985, the Clark Fork Coalition is dedicated to protecting and restoring the Clark Fork River basin, a 22,000-square-mile area draining western Montana and northern Idaho. We have over a 27-year-long record of substantial achievements improving the health of the watershed.
Clayoquot Action is a Tofino-based conservation society committed to protecting the biocultural diversity of Clayoquot Sound. Their goals are accomplished through public education, citizen research and monitoring, and advocacy. Clayoquot Action stands for democratic rights, indigenous rights and the rights of Mother Earth. Their vision is to keep Clayoquot Sound clean and green for future generations, to preserve the diversity and integrity of the ecosystems, and to maintain and develop community and cultural richness.
The Clearfork Community Institute (CCI) was founded in 1997 by local women who sought to provide meaningful engagement for their families and community. CCI is still led by local women and facilitates community participation in social change work and functions as a space for cultural events and community organizing. The main goal of CCI is to support coalfield residents in bringing themselves out of poverty, away from mono-industrial practices and into a flourishing state of wellbeing with one another and our Earth.
Coal River Mountain Watch works in communities impacted by the irresponsible practices of the coal industry in southern West Virginia, combining local knowledge with technical expertise. Their mission is to stop the destruction of communities and the environment by mountaintop removal mining, to improve the quality of life in their area, and to help rebuild sustainable communities.
Coalition des Opposants à un projet minier en Haute-Matawinie was founded in 2016 with the goal of stopping a graphite open-pit mine project located next to Saint-Michel-Des-Saints (pop. ~3000), in the region of Haute-Matawinie (about 150km north of Montreal, Quebec, Canada).
The mission of Coalition Quebec Meilleure Mine is to defend the health of ecosystems and communities affected by mining in Quebec and to promote improved practices, laws and policies. The Coalition is today composed of 30-member organizations, mainly grassroot citizen organizations, environmental groups, and public-sector workers’ unions, and count dozens more partners throughout the Province and Canada.
We are a diverse collection of citizens concerned about the health, environmental and economic impacts that proposals to mine uranium would have on northern Colorado. After much research and investigation, we are convinced uranium mining projects will have dire consequences for our area and set a dangerous precedent for the entire state of Colorado. Our goal is to prevent uranium mining in northern Colorado and protect our valuable resources, especially water, for future generations.
Comité citoyen de protection de l’esker is a citizen committee founded in 2018 by citizens of La Motte, Amos, Val-d’Or and Saint-Mathieu in Abitibi, Québec who are concerned about the proximity of an open pit lithium mining project to a majestic geological formation called the esker Saint-Mathieu-Berry.
The Committee for Future Generations was founded in 2011 by a group of citizens concerned that northern Saskatchewan communities are being aggressively targeted by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization to store Canada’s nuclear waste.
Through educational and artistic programming, oral history projects, scientific research and advocacy, the Comstock Residents Association’s mission is to serve as the citizen stewards of the Landmark. Their principal focus is to preserve and protect the 17,000 plus acres of the Virginia City National Historic Landmark (VCNHL) and its timeless cultural communities of Virginia City, Gold Hill, Silver City and Dayton Nevada.
Concerned Citizens & Retired Miners is a grassroots group of citizens who reside in Superior, AZ or are affiliated with relatives who are residents; are retired hard-rock miners who previously worked in the now non-operational mine in Superior, AZ and were displaced; or are individuals concerned that important public and is being conveyed to a foreign mining company for private use. Specifically, the organization opposes the federal exchange land bill that would give Oak Flat campground to Rio Tinto and BHP regardless of the findings of the NEPA analyses.
Concerned Citizens of Quesnel Lake (CCQL) was founded in 2015 in response to the environmental tailings pond disaster and ongoing discharge of mine waste from the Mount Polley Mine into Quesnel Lake. CCQL seeks to make the British Columbia Government and the Mining Industry responsible and accountable.
The Conservation Council of New Brunswick was founded in 1969 and is New Brunswick’s longest running environmental charity and one of the province’s leading public advocates for environmental protection. The Conservation Council, a member of the UN’s Global 500 Roll of Honour, works to find practical solutions to help families and citizens, educators, governments and businesses protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, our precious marine ecosystem and the land, including the forest, that supports us.
Cook Inletkeeper is a community-based nonprofit formed by Alaskans in 1995 to protect the Cook Inlet watershed and the life it sustains. Inletkeeper’s mining work focuses on coal strip mines and exports to Asian markets.
Copper Country Alliance formed in 1992 to help protect the wild and rural environment of the Copper River Basin/Wrangell Mountains region of Alaska. It is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit corportation, headquartered in Kenny Lake, Alaska.
The Council for Public Health in Mining Communities was founded in March 2013 to protect and improve public health for mining-affected communities, promote responsible mining development practices, and use community-based research to determine health impacts caused by mining and determine appropriate mitigation methods and advocacy to achieve improved health conditions.
The purpose of the Council for Responsible Mining is to provide an organization through which various scientists, attorneys and interested public can work to bring environmental responsibility to various activities of mining that would impact the health and wellness of the environment and the living beings of the planet.
Dakota Rural Action was formed in 1987 to respond to the devastation wrought by the 1980’s farm crisis on farmers, ranchers, and rural main street businesses in South Dakota. Dakota Rural Action is a grassroots, family agriculture and conservation group that organizes South Dakotans to protect our family farmers and ranchers, natural resources and unique way of life.
We know that communities are experts about the problems and solutions affecting their lives. DataCenter helps surface that knowledge in ways that develop leadership, increase community power, and generate momentum for social change. As marginalized communities take the tools and power of research into their own hands, they surface accurate information about the urgent and pressing conditions of their lives, and they encourage others to do the same.
Deebege Newe was founded in 2013 to support the land and indigenous people of the Great Basin. Deebege Newe has traditional Western Shoshone leadership that focus on nuclear issues as a priority. Deebege Newe has conducted two Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues with one of these being a youth forum at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Boyd Law School.
Deer Tail Scientific was founded in 2017 with a mission to educate the public, government officials, and tribal sovereign nations with fact-based information on: (1) the permitting, development, reclamation, environmental performance and economics of Wisconsin’s Flambeau Mine; and (2) how the Flambeau Mine compares to other mines (closed, currently operating or proposed) in the Great Lakes region and beyond.
Defenders is campaigning for the cleanup of more than 3,000 abandoned, open pit uranium mines left since the 1950s, and that no new uranium mines be built anywhere. This Region has the highest cancer rates in the country.
The Dena Kayeh Institute was established in 2004 as a charitable foundation to act on behalf of the Kaska Dena, to facilitate education programs, to develop protocols, policies and practices in regards to traditional knowledge, cultural preservation and land management, and to advocate for conservation of special sites and areas within the Kaska Territory.
Dine’ Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment (Dine’ CARE) is a grassroot all Navajo organization that came together in 1988 as a result of plans to build a Toxic Waste Plant in their community of Dilkon, Arizona. For 24 years Dine’ CARE worked with communities in the 4-Corners Region on issues that impacted their way of life, their environment, such as uranium mining, over-cutting of trees on the Chuskas, Oil/Gas drilling, coal mining, pollution from Coal Burning Power Plants, Navajo Nation water issue. We empower the people to speak for themselves to fight their battles, while we teach them the tools through training sessions and strategic planning.
Dogwood works to protect the environment in British Columbia from resource extraction, and to promote government accountability and transparency. They seek to link grassroots organizing efforts and First Nations rights and title with the ability to influence money flows, to connect British Columbians to important points of power and create real leverage for a more just, equitable, sustainable and democratic future.
Duluth for Clean Water is an all-volunteer 501c4 organization seeking a healthy future for the St. Louis River and Lake Superior watershed. They oppose the Glencore/PolyMet copper sulfide mining proposal as too risky. They know that Minnesota can do better.
Earthworks is dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions. Earthworks stands for clean water, healthy communities, and corporate accountability. We’re working for solutions that protect both the Earth’s resources as well as our communities.
Formed in 1995 by concerned conservation districts, EPCAMR represents a coalition of watershed organizations and reclamation partners. Members range from individuals, to the active anthracite mining industry and co-generation power plants, to non-profit organizations, 16 county conservation districts and other organizations in the anthracite and bituminous coal region of eastern Pennsylvania that are involved with abandoned mine reclamation issues. Counties covered by EPCAMR in NorthEastern and NorthCentral PA include: Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna, Lycoming, Sullivan, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Northumberland, Carbon, Schuylkill, Columbia, Lebanon, Dauphin, Montour, and Wayne.
Fair Mining Collaborative joins with First Nations people and local communities in British Columbia in the quest to shape the future for families, land, water, and wildlife. They provide technical and practical assistance around the issues and impacts of mining. They spend time in communities to provide two-way knowledge sharing for strengthening local capacity to manage the full spectrum of mining concerns: mapping traditional resource inventories and raising awareness of social impacts; staking, permitting, exploration; and operation, closure and reclamation.
Forest Protection Allies, which is based in the Quesnel River Watershed, takes action to protect land, forests, water, air and life for future generations. Their mission is the transformation of corporate industrial fibre, mineral, wildlife and cultural mining in BC. Since it’s inception the Imperial Metals Mt. Polley mine has disrupted and tainted their mission.
Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is a Minnesota non-profit conservation organization with the mission to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem. Hardrock mineral exploration is increasing across northeastern Minnesota, and proposed projects at the edges of the wilderness threaten the region’s clean water, cultural resources, and tourism and outdoor recreation economies.
Friends of the Clearwater, a recognized non-profit organization since 1987, defends the Idaho Clearwater Bioregion’s wildlands and biodiversity through a Forest Watch program, litigation, grassroots public involvement, outreach and education. The Wild Clearwater Country, the northern half of central Idaho’s Big Wild, contains many unprotected roadless areas and wild rivers, and provides crucial habitat for numerous rare plant and animal species. Friends of the Clearwater strives to protect these areas, restore degraded habitats, preserve viable populations of native species, recognize national and international wildlife corridors, and bring an end to industrialization on public lands.
Friends of the Inyo was founded in 1986 to oversee the Inyo National Forest Planning process. They care for the special lands encompassing the Eastern Sierra from Death Valley National Park to the eastern edge of Yosemite, including all the public lands in both Inyo and Mono Counties, by engaging in policy and stewardship work, as well as by facilitating exploration and education programs. Current policy programs include campaigns to prevent the development of cyanide heap leach mining at Conglomerate Mesa and in the Bodie Hills.
Great Basin Resource Watch, founded in 1994 by a coalition of environmental, Native American, and scientific community representatives is a regional environmental justice organization dedicated to protecting the health and well bring of the land, air, water, wildlife, and communities of the Great Basin from the adverse effects of resource extraction and use. We inform communities about mining impacts; review mine proposals, permits, and expansions; and recommend policy solutions to reduce toxic emissions, protect our water resources, and preserve human and wildlife habitat.
Haul No! was founded in 2016 out of the realization that no organization was addressing the threat that uranium ore transport poses to native and rural communities on the haul route from the Canyon Mine in Arizona to the White Mesa Mill in Utah. Their team members have protested the Canyon Mine through administrative processes and litigation efforts over the last five years; and have now come together to form a community-based line of defense in the event that the legal system fails to stop the Canyon Mine’s operation.
Headwaters Montana works on a limited number of initiatives that focus on the human responsibility of maintaining and protecting the natural heritage of our home in the Crown of the Continent. Initiatives range from specific projects like the “Transboundary Project” that seeks permanent protection for the North Fork Flathead River valley and Waterton – Glacier International Peace Park, to wilderness advocacy, and advancing local awareness and understanding of the importance of conservation to our prosperity.
The mission of High County Citizens’ Alliance is to champion the protection, conservation and preservation of the natural ecosystems within the Upper Gunnison River Basin. We achieve our goals by integrating expert analysis and scientific research with environmental education, informed debate and policy participation.
Among its many other activities, the Idaho Conservation League works to ensure that mining activities don’t threaten human health and Idaho’s clean water. We scrutinize proposed new mines, improving those that are acceptable and fighting those that are not in Idaho’s best interests.
INFORM watchdogs all hardrock mining issues in Colorado by participating in local, state and federal reviews of hard rock mine proposals, projects and legislation. INFORM works to protect Colorado communities, watersheds and the environment from irresponsible mining practices by providing the information necessary to make informed decisions on mining issues and engage in the public process.
Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) was founded in 2006 by a coalition of nongovernment organizations, businesses purchasing minerals and metals for resale in other products, affected communities, mining companies, and labor unions. They have worked together for many years, in a deep dialogue, consulting more than 100 organizations on how best to address environmental and social issues in mining. IRMA’s approach to responsible mining is to certify social and environmental performance at mine sites globally using an internationally recognized standard that has been developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.
KAIROS, founded in 2001, is a grassroots organization based in Toronto and made up of eleven national churches and church organizations, twenty three international partner organizations, and Indigenous partner organizations in Canada. KAIROS works for Indigenous rights, ecological and social justice, and human rights in Canada and globally, relying on our strong international partnerships.
Named for the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, the Kalmiopsis Audubon Society has been the primary local, conservation advocacy group in Curry County, Oregon for more than 35 years. Their mission is to protect the extraordinary and diverse natural habitats of their area, including old growth forests, stunning coastlines and wild rivers – for birds, fish, wildlife, and the next generations.
Kamloops Area Preservation Association is committed to preserving and protecting their city’s environment and adjacent environmentally-sensitive areas. They support economic activity which conforms with Kamloops’ image as a healthy place in which to live, surrounded by a beautiful environment. They are concerned about a belt of mineralization that exists under part of the city and just to the south of the city.
Kamloops Moms For Clean Air had its beginning in 2012. The catalyst of greatest influence in their formation was the proposal for an open pit copper and gold mine to be built approximately 2 kilometers from one of their community’s elementary schools and surrounding neighbourhoods. Kamloops Moms For Clean Air uses the power of moms to protect and improve the air in Kamloops. Their mission is to ensure that their children have a healthy environment in which to grow and flourish.
Guided by both indigenous Elders’ Traditional Knowledge and western science, the Keepers of the Athabasca (2006) are First Nations, Métis, Inuit, environmental groups, and watershed citizens working together for the protection of water, land, air, and all living things today and tomorrow in the Athabasca River watershed. Their mission is to unite the peoples of the Athabasca River and Lake Watershed to secure and protect water and watershed lands for ecological, social, cultural and community health and well being.
Keepers of the Water is an Indigenous women’s led organization guided by traditional Anishinaabekwe values and responsibilities. We work to protect the waters of the Great Lakes acting in spiritual and political ways.
Founded in 2014, the mission of the Kipawa Lake Preservation Society is to preserve the Kipawa watershed as it is, environmentally healthy and unpolluted, through constant dialogue, education and protective initiatives that involve the local population, general public, government officials and corporations directly or indirectly related to the Kipawa Watershed.
Kitimat Terrace Clean Air Coalition is a volunteer citizen group concerned about air quality degradation. They formalized as a non-profit December 2016 and have about thirty-five members, many of whom have followed air quality issues since 2013 when Rio Tinto’s Kitimat smelter received their permit to emit up to 42 tonnes of sulphur dioxide per day. This is the main focus of their group at present but they anticipate future issues of cumulative effects with a pending LNG plant.
The Kuskokwim River Watershed Council (KRWC) was created in 2009 so that tribal governments could work together towards cultivating a healthy respect for the land and water. Their mission is to maintain and promote a traditional subsistence lifestyle for the residents of the Kuskokwim River Watershed and to keep the land, water, and air unspoiled for their people and for future generations.
Our area is impacted by abandoned lead and zinc mines, affecting a two-county area and ten Indian tribes. Mountains of tailings piles and acid mine water drainage impacts a large downstream area and lake.
Founded in 1993, the LACSE is a non-profit, grassroots environmental organization of concerned tribal members and residents of Laguna and Acoma pueblos working in unity to empower their communities on the impacts of resource development, especially uranium mining, on human and cultural life. This includes the protection of sacred cultural sites and areas, including Mt. Taylor, a mountain sacred to Laguna and Acoma as well as other Indigenous peoples of New Mexico.
Limerick Area Conservation Coalition is working to stop a mining project in the middle of their cottage country community. They are concerned that the proposed low-grade, potentially acid generating, nickel-cobalt-copper mining project would irreparably alter or destroy their area.
Luutkudziiwus’ vision is the same as it has been for millennia: the land, animals, fish, plants, and people all have spirit, value, and must be shown respect in all decisions. Luutkudziiwus established cultural infrastructure on their ancestral Madii Lii territory, which is located in the Suskwa Valley, 20 km east of Hazelton, BC to stop any unauthorized government or industry activity on Madii Lii territory.
The mission of Maverick County Environmental and Public Health Association is to protect Maverick County from the open pit coal mine owned and operated by Dos Repúblicas Coal Partnership due to the unacceptable risks it poses to health and welfare.
Menīkānaehkem a grassroots community organization based on the Menominee Reservation, in Northeast Wisconsin working to revitalize their communities. They have initiatives in Food Sovereignty, Culture Revitalization, Environmental Justice (Protectors of Menominee River), Youth, and Sustainability. Some of their work includes Back 40 mine resistance.
MiningWatch Canada is a pan-Canadian initiative supported by environmental, social justice, Aboriginal and labour organisations from across the country. It addresses the urgent need for a co-ordinated public interest response to the threats to public health, water and air quality, fish and wildlife habitat and community interests posed by irresponsible mineral policies and practices in Canada and around the world.
Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) is a 501(c)(3) education and advocacy organization founded in 1973 with the mission to protect and restore Montana’s natural environment. MEIC is the lead organization in Montana specializing in state environmental policy with 45 years of experience in formulating and protecting the State’s framework of progressive environmental laws. They actively engage, as necessary, in all three branches of government at the federal, state and local levels. MEIC also works in alliance with numerous grassroots/local, regional and national conservation groups, and has formed coalitions with new voices for environmental protection including business, agricultural, labor, tribal, education, faith, and public health interests.
MACE is rooted in the experiences of uranium-impacted communities of the southwestern U.S. We are communities working to restore and protect the natural and cultural environment through respectfully promoting intercultural engagement among communities and institutions for the benefit of all life and future generations.
Native American Educational Technologies, Inc. began in the mid-1980’s during the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa verses Exxon battle over metallic sulfide mining in the Ceded Territory of northern Wisconsin. Since 2001, they have faced many tribal preservation struggles and partnered with many tribes, non-tribal environmental groups, and rural poor to help preserve the clean air, water, land, and traditional way of life for their treaty rights protected hunting/fishing and gathering.
The Native Justice Coalition was formed in 2016 with the intent of being a platform for healing, social, and racial justice for all Native American people. They seek to provide a safe and nurturing platform for Native people based in an anti-oppression framework, and to collaborate, first and foremost, with tribal governments, Native American non-profits, and other Native American-led community organizations. Their goal is to bring resources, initiatives, and programming into tribal communities that are creative, engaging, and transformative.
Native Youth Movement was founded in 1990 in Annishinabe Territory (Winnipeg, Manitoba). Originally organized as an alternative to gang violence, the group expanded to a network of native youth throughout Canada and the US. Over the years Native Youth Movement has organized walks, runs, gatherings, community events, protests, educational workshops, forums, and youth camps; built traditional homes and harvesting camps; started a school program-Raising Leaders; and published several magazines.
New Energy Economy employs a strategy of confronting and opposing the root cause of climate disruption and creating alternative projects that build on established strengths and provide sustainable community engagement opportunities.
The NMELC is the only legal organization in New Mexico that focuses exclusively on representing low-income communities and communities of color in environmental disputes. A large part of the work NMELC does is representing communities impacted by uranium mining and processing in their efforts to resist new uranium mining and force clean-up of legacy waste.
NMMAN is a nationally recognized collaborative effort to implement and strengthen the mine permitting and reclamation requirements of the New Mexico Mining Act. NMMAN’s mission is to be a statewide advocate for: restoration of community land and water affected by mining; enforcement of the NM Mining Act and of relevant water quality and quantity laws; and promotion of economic alternatives for mining-impacted communities.
Established in 2016, the New Mexico Social Justice Equity Institute (NMSJEI) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to change systems that perpetuate environmental health disparities related to the impacts of institutional racism and multi-generational trauma. They build the capacity and empower participating communities within the county to impact equitable policy change. The NMSJEI works to create and sustain collaborative partnerships in the Northwest Region of New Mexico as well as support a vibrant, equitable community that respects and honors all individuals.
Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness is the region based wilderness advocacy group created by area residents to protect the BWCAW and other wild places. The organization was formed in 1996 to continue the local tradition of working to protect wild places against ever increasing public and commercial pressures so that the natural features and processes that exist will remain intact for future generations.
Northern Confluence works at the point of junction between Canada’s intact Pacific wild salmon watersheds and its great boreal forests, and between the people of northern salmon-dependent communities and the resources of provincial, national and international organizations that focuses on Boreal conservation. It seeks to ensure that those most affected by resource development decision-making are able to influence those decisions so that the wild salmon ecosystem values are not compromised.
Founded in January of 1988, Northwatch has as a priority issues that are of a regional nature: sound energy planning, healthy forests, responsible mining, waste reduction, and conservation of our natural resources and environmental assets. Northwatch has worked with residents over the past two decades to prevent northeastern Ontario from becoming the receiving ground for foreign wastes, whether it’s Toronto’s garbage, Ontario’s biomedical waste, Canada’s nuclear reactor fuel waste, or PCB’s from around the world.
The Nova Scotia Environmental Network (NSEN) is a network of environmental organizations in Nova Scotia which aims to collect and disseminate information to its organizations and to strengthen and promote environmental activities. NSEN has served as a resource for all environmental and health non-profits since 1991 by coordinating events and capacity building workshops, and facilitating the formation of different caucuses. The mission of the NSEN is to connect organizations working in the environmental and health fields to help achieve a more sustainable future for Nova Scotia.
Through comprehensive research, public education and effective citizen action, Nuclear Watch New Mexico seeks to promote safety and environmental protection at regional nuclear facilities; mission diversification away from nuclear weapons programs; greater accountability and cleanup in the nation-wide nuclear weapons complex; and consistent U.S. leadership toward a world free of nuclear weapons.
OHA works to minimize watershed impacts associated with the Buckhorn gold mine operations and exploration, improve the ecological health of the Okanogan Highlands and increase community awareness and involvement in watershed issue.
Ontarians for a Just Accountable Mining Strategy (OJAMS) want to see a mineral strategy that sustains the environment and the resources for future generations; protects the public from the risks associated with mining, smelting and refining; heals the damage already caused by the industry; captures a fair share of the revenues generated by the industry for Ontarians and First Nations; and respects the rights of First Nations to free, prior, informed consent to development on their lands
Owe Aku,(“Bring Back the Way”) was founded in 1997 by Alex and Debra White Plume and their families. They are a grassroots social change organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of the Lakota Way of Life, Treaty Rights, and Human Rights. Owe Aku focuses on youth, Lakota and other Indigenous People grounded in their ancient identity and a healthy lifestyle, including leadership skills.
Protect Our Manoomin is an grassroots Anishinaabe organization. Our mission is to educate and inform on issues related to manoomin (wild rice) in regard to mining, environmental ethics, and associated treaty issues.
A project of Diné No Nukes, Nuclear Energy Information Service & Sloths Against Nuclear State, the Radiation Monitoring Project (RMP) aims to put radiation monitors into the hands of front-line communities affected by ionizing radiation and to provide professional training to accurately collect radiation readings in areas of concern.
The Ramapough Mountain Indians Inc. is a 501c 3 begun in the mid 1980’s, whose primary mission is to enhance the cultural survivability of the Munsee people remaining in the New York Metropolitan area. The leading projects now are land reclamation primarily the Split Rock sacred site located on the NY border now in danger of being destroyed by encompassing urban sprawl.
Founded in 2019, Regroupement de protection des Lacs de la Petite-Nation includes seven Lake Protection Associations. The aim of the Regroupement is to oppose the development of graphite mines in their region.
The “Regroupement Vigilance Mines de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue (REVIMAT)” was founded in 2015. They include six regional organizational members of REVIMAT, and multiple external partners with whom they collaborate, including Indigenous communities or organizations. REVIMAT is very concerned about the proliferation of mining projects, especially the new form of large-scale, low-grade projects close to inhabited and / or sensitive environments, including Indigenous communities. Their mission is to bring these issues to the public attention and to elected representatives.
Resource Media is a non-profit PR firm helping partners succeed in todays dynamic media landscape. We develop and create smart communications strategies for the environment and public health. Our staff can quote the 1872 mining law chapter and verse, but even more important is their ability to explain why it is a bad deal for tax payers, hunters, hikers and everyone that lives down stream.
RAVEN was founded in 2009, and is the only non-profit charitable organization in Canada that provides legal defense funds to Indigenous People to curtail unsustainable industrial development and drive systemic change. Through their public education programs, RAVEN collaborates with Indigenous Peoples to eliminate environmental racism and foster a greater understanding of indigenous rights and governance.
Rivers Without Borders has been striving to protect the wild intact watersheds and rich ecological and cultural values of the British Columbia-Alaska transboundary region since 1999. We engage First Nations, commercial fishermen, scientists, environmental organizations, government, community leaders, media, and others to advance our conservation vision for this vast, remote, and spectacular area.
The Rock Creek Alliance (Alliance), based in Sandpoint, ID, has been working for more than 15 years to protect the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Watershed and the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness from the development of the proposed Rock Creek mine through public advocacy and the courts. The Alliance established the Montana-based Save Our Cabinets to address the proposed Montanore mine.
Founded in 2015, Salmon Beyond Borders is an initiative that works to protect salmon habitat and promote policies that will guarantee that the Pacific Northwest remains home to the world’s largest, healthiest and most abundant wild salmon runs, which provide culture, food, income, employment and recreation to Alaskans, British Columbians and the rest of the world.
Save Our St. Vrain Valley’s mission is to advocate for the environmental protection and conservation of the geologically unique, historic St. Vrain Valley and its healthy development for residents, wildlife, visitors, and future generations. They work to protect local land, water, and air from the industrial threat proposed by Martin Marietta Materials, and seek to pass local community rights ordinances that will permanently ban mining in the St. Vrain Valley.
SSSR was formed in 1996 to protect the scenic, aesthetic, recreational, and wildlife values of the Santa Rita Mountains, Patagonia Mountains, Canelo Hills and San Rafael Valley through education and outreach, including protection of these areas from degradation due to mining activities.
Sheep Mountain Alliance is a grassroots organization dedicated to the conservation of the natural and human environment of Southwest Colorado. The organization helps to protect and provide education about regional ecosystems, wildlife habitats, and watersheds, serving nearly 20,000 residents and visitors of the San Juan Mountains and the San Miguel and central Dolores River watersheds.
The Sierra Fund is based in Nevada City, California, and serves the Sierra Nevada region of California, which includes 25 million acres, a third of the state’s area, and all or part of 22 rural counties. The organization works in the spirit of service to the Sierra Nevada’s natural resources and communities. They use science and advocacy to pursue their mission to restore ecosystem resiliency and build community capacity in the Sierra Nevada.
The Silver Valley Community Resource Center (SVCRC) was founded by a listening process of nontraditional leaders in the Silver Valley who included, church, union, social service groups, affected citizens, senior citizens who came together and decided to work with and accountability of the EPA for environmental cleanup of the Bunker Hill Superfund Site. SVCRC’s Mission is to improve the quality of life for people of the Silver Valley, epicenter of the nations larges lead site, resolving 4 key goals; economic development, safe housing/ending homelessness, adequate health care and environmental justice.
Formed in 2007, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust is dedicated to making the Skeena River and nearby coastal communities a global model of sustainability where large human and salmon populations coexist. They work with governments, First Nations, communities and individuals to sustain the long-term health and resilience of the wild salmon ecosystem.
Snake River Waterkeeper was founded in 2014 with the mission of “applying science and law to protect, restore, and sustain waters of the Snake River Basin.” The organization monitors water quality at more than 50 sites from the headwaters in Grand Teton National Park to its confluence with the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington. Using these data, they establish citizen standing and bring lawsuits to protect and restore the river’s water quality to ensure the Clean Water Act’s guarantee of “fishable, swimmable, drinkable water” to residents of Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington.
The goal of this citizen-driven organization (SOS GLSR) is to raise public and political awareness, and to force the Provincial government to act in favor of their small community to stop a graphite mineral project, as well as to have the provincial laws changed so that this type of mining will no longer be possible in Quebec, Canada.
The Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission (SEITC) is a consortium of 15 sovereign Tribal nations located in Southeast Alaska. Established in 2014, SEITC seeks to protect the vital and sacred rivers that sustain their communities and culture. The consortium also is working to change the dialog from how we can mine the Sacred Headwaters to should we mine the Sacred Headwaters by leveraging the unified voice of over 100,000 Tribal citizens to demand their rights under the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights.
Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment (SAFE) was founded in 2012 for the purpose of organizing to ban fracking. Since that time, they have enacted local resolutions opposed fossil fuel projects, educated communities on the impacts of fossil fuels development on health and environment, and advocated for landowners rights.
Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC) was founded in 1971 for the purpose of providing information to the public on the effects of energy development and resource exploitation on the people and their cultures, lands, water, and air of New Mexico and the Southwest. SRIC works to promote the health of people and communities, protect natural resources, ensure citizen participation, and secure environmental and social justice now and for future generations
Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment Resource Project (SOCM) was founded in Tennessee’s coalfield communities in response to problems caused by irresponsible strip mining practices. It is a member-run grassroots community organization that has been empowering Tennesseans to fight for environmental, economic and social justice for more than forty years. They are the only statewide community organizing entity in Tennessee and have more than 2,200 members throughout Tennessee. SOCM’s goal is to provide Tennesseans with a place to come together, voice concerns, and take action in their communities and across the state.
The Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc is a geopolitical governance group of the Secwépemc Nation, situated in the Secwépemc Traditional Territory around Kamloops Lake, British Columbia (BC). The Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc includes and is principally comprised of Secwépemc persons who are members of the Skeetchestn Indian Band and the Tk’emlúps Indian Band and are referred to as “Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc” or “SSN”. In accordance with Secwépemc laws, customs, and traditions, members of the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc are the caretakers and stewards, who own, care for, and are responsible for the protection and management of that part of Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwepemcúl’ecw (Secwépemc Traditional Territory) that includes Pípsell and the land that surrounds it.
Sustainable Nova Scotia works to ensure environmentally sustainable, locally-driven economic and community development in northern Nova Scotia. Their goals are to be a voice for sustainable development on the North Shore, encourage and promote an environmentally friendly economy, and oppose industry that threatens our natural and lived environment.
The mission of the Takshanuk Watershed Council is to provide stewardship for the Chilkat, Chilkoot, and Ferebee River systems. Through restoration, education, research, and community involvement they will benefit the natural ecology, economy, and quality of life valued by all residents.
The Taku River Tlingit First Nation is located in Atlin, BC, a small remote community of approximately 400 people. The Taku River Tlingit are moving forward as the responsible decision makers of their land and waters within their Territory, which covers over 40,000 sq/km and includes what is now known as British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska/US. As responsible decision makers, they are embarking on a course necessary to ensure the preservation of their wildlife and fisheries to ensure the preservation of what is Tlingit.
TAC is dedicated to protecting the environment from the harmful effects of uranium exploration, mining and milling. The organization attempts to do that by advocating for legislation, educating the public and bringing legal challenges against individuals or private entities or governmental bodies which pose a threat or fail to follow the laws that protect citizens against those hazards.
The Lands Council preserves and revitalizes Inland Northwest forests, water, and wildlife through advocacy, education, effective action, and community engagement. We collaborate with a broad range of interested parties to seek smart and mutually-respectful solutions to environment and health issues.
The Native Conservancy was formed in 2003 and focused on purchasing conservation easements on the 12,000 acre Bering River Coalfields and Chugach Alaska Corporation’s (CAC) 73,000 Alaska Native Claim Settlement Act (ANCSA, 1971) inholdings in the adjacent Carbon Mountain Region so they will never be mined. The mission of the Native Conservancy Land Trust is to support Indigenous people’s efforts to preserve, repatriate and restore ancestral lands through the establishment of Indigenous land conservation trusts on sacred lands and waters that are inherent to the protection and perseverance of sovereignty, subsistence, spirituality and Native culture.
Established in 2007, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation envisions a liberated Lakota Nation through Lakota language, culture, and spirituality. They work to empower Lakota youth and families to improve their health, culture, and environment.
To Nizhoni Ani was founded in 2001. The organization was established in response to Peabody Coal Company’s excessive drawdown and waste of the only potable water source the Navajo people have on Black Mesa. To Nizhoni Ani works with organizations and local leadership in a number of campaigns to end Navajo Nations dependency on fossil fuel as well as promote sustainability and traditional lifestyle of Black Mesa. They organize through horse rides, non-violent actions and intense community education.
Tu k’eni Dene began in 2014 as the Dene Trappers Alliance when they organized and took action to block the road to industrial traffic that was inundating their traditional trapping areas to explore for uranium. Tu k’eni Dene is led by the Denesuline who are the primary people who have lived and loved the land and waterways for eons and who face the impacts that a uranium mine would place upon them.
Unist’ot’en Camp was formed in July of 2010, when the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en people established an encampment in the pathway of a proposed energy corridor of four oil and gas pipeline projects.The camp is 60 Km outside of “Houston BC.”The main goal of the Unist’ot’en Camp is to re-establish indigenous governance over Wet’suwet’en territory and protect it from several proposals to construct oil and gas pipelines. By occupying the land and using their hereditary leadership system to protect it, the Unist’ot’en also hope to inspire similar actions from other Indigenous Nations and their allies.
United Tribes of Bristol Bay (UTBB) was founded in 2013 by six Bristol Bay tribes and has since grown to represent fifteen tribal governments in the region. UTBB’s member tribes represent over eighty percent of the population of the Yup’ik, Dena’ina, and Alutiiq indigenous communities in Bristol Bay. UTBB’s mission is to protect the lands and waters that support the traditional way of life of Bristol Bay’s indigenous people, which are currently under threat by the proposed large-scale, hard rock metallic-sulfide Pebble Mine.
As the longest serving environmental organization in Michigan’s U.P., the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition strives to preserve the unique cultural and natural resources of the Upper Peninsula through public education, the promotion of sound land stewardship, and reasoned dialogue with communities, governments, industries and others with whom they share this land.
The Upper Similkameen Indian Band is a First Nations band government, with overall membership at 213 members, in the Canadian province of British Columbia, whose head offices are located in town of Hedley in the Similkameen Country. In recent years, the Upper Similkameen has increasingly become involved in the business community and has become one of the largest employers in the area.
Voices of the Sacred was founded in 2015 in response to the White House Generation Indigenous Youth Challenge. Founder, Krystal Two Bulls and partners from True Pride Music collaborated with youth from Pine Ridge, South Dakota and Lame Deer and Missoula, Montana to host a Gen-I Challenge event that would address issues that Native youth face on a daily basis both on and off the reservation.
WaterLegacy was formed in 2009 by citizens concerned that proposed copper-nickel sulfide mining in Northern Minnesota would destroy wetlands, kill wild rice, increase neurotoxic mercury in fish, contaminate water, harm an economy based on high resource values, and impair Ojibwe tribal rights and resources. They utilize grassroots outreach, coaching of citizen experts, advocacy, partnerships, and sharing of their work to achieve their goals.
Western Colorado Congress (WCC) formed in 1980 as an alliance of environmental organizations and local governments operating in the conservative heartland of Colorado’s Western Slope. WCC organizes people to increase their collective power and build their skills, working together to build health, just and self-reliant communities across Western Colorado.
The Western Environmental Law Center is a non-profit public interest law firm that works to protect and restore western wildlands and advocates for healthy environments on behalf of communities throughout the West. WELC is using the power of the law to phase out coal mining in the American West.
Western Nebraska Resources Council (WNRC) was founded in 1982 at the inception of the Crow Butte mine and has opposed the mine continuously since that time. WNRC is responsible for grassroots organizing, and coalition building among indigenous and non-indigenous residents, activists, lawyers, scientific experts, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and interested NGOs. WNRC is also active in protecting the environment in and around Western Nebraska and has non-uranium efforts related to protecting the Sand Hills and opposing the KXL Pipeline.
Wildsight works to maintain biodiversity and healthy human communities in Canada’s Columbia and Rocky Mountains ecoregion. WIthin the Southern Rockies region Wildsight is seeking to re-establish the Southern Rockies Wildlife Management Area and complete the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in the Flathead.
WNPJ facilitates activities, cooperation and communication among Wisconsin organizations and individuals working toward the creation of a sustainable world, free from violence and injustice. We build coalitions, engage the public and wage campaigns through our Anti-Militarism, Immigrant Rights and Environment Work Groups, the last of which heads our anti-mining advocacy.
The Wisconsin Resources Protection Council seeks to educate the public about the consequences of allowing international mining corporations to develop a new mining district in northern Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.
Wrangell Cooperative Association (WCA) is a federally recognized tribe with over 600 tribal members. WCA was formed in 1938 as part of the Indian Reorganization Act. WCA is determined to protect their natural resources from the potential disastrous effects of the mining at the headwaters of their rivers in S.E. Alaska.
Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government (formaerly known as Nemiah Valley Indian Band) is located 170 kilometres west of Williams Lake, British Columbia. The Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government will work towards self-governance through unity, respect, trust and pride of our Tsilhqot’in heritage, language and culture. They work to ensure a healthy environment to preserve their natural resources while becoming economically sustainable for generations to come.
The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve in a non-profit watershed group that has been protecting and preserving the high quality watersheds of the Yellow Dog and Salmon-Trout Rivers since1995. They inform and inspire citizens to take action in the protection of these areas against threats such as mining, logging, and non-point source pollution.
The Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) is a grassroots environmental non-profit organization, established in 1968 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The organization has over 250 current members and many dedicated volunteers. Over the years, YCS has earned a respected position of influence on environmental policy and education in the North. Their mission is to pursue ecosystem well-being throughout the Yukon and beyond, recognizing that human well-being is ultimately dependent upon fully functioning healthy ecosystems.
Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC) is an indigenous grassroots non-profit organization established in 1997. The YRITWC was created by Indigenous leaders who were concerned about safeguarding and cleaning-up the Yukon River Watershed (YRW). It is a coalition comprised of 74 Indigenous governments in Canada and Alaska with the 50-year vision ‘To be able to drink water directly from the Yukon River’. The YRITWC is an entity that coordinates efforts to protect, clean and maintain the health of the Yukon River and its diverse peoples.