Edmonton Water Week 2014


Want to get involved in Edmonton Water Week 2015?  Interested in working on water issues in the Edmonton area?  Contact us via blueyegproject@gmail.com

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this week happen, we are so grateful to have met so many great people working on fantastic initiatives in Edmonton and around the world!  See you next year!




*Unveiling of Water Bottle Sculpture

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Location: Quad

Come by for the unveiling of a student-designed and constructed water bottle sculpture, which will be made from over close to 600 water bottles!  The number of water bottles used for the sculpture represents just 10% of bottled water that is consumed on the U of A campus every month.

*The sculpture will be on exhibit in quad throughout Water Week


Urban Water Challenges and Solutions for Sustainability

Time: Noon – 1:00pm

Location: City Hall

Cities are faced with the increasing challenges of how to manage, treat and distribute water to both reduce cost and improve environmental performance.  These challenges require innovative solutions such as reuse of water in household and industrial sites, novel wastewater and storm water management practices, detection of contaminants, and improved delivery and treatment practices of our water.  The University of Alberta has outstanding researchers in the many areas of water research with over 125 faculty members (and their students) directly involved in research to improve both water quality and quantity control in your city. This talk will highlight some of the research projects that work to help improve urban water sustainability here and abroad.

Presented by The Way We Green with Dr. Greg Goss

*Edmonton Groups and Clubs Fair

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Student’s Union Building, University of Alberta (Map)

Join groups from the U of A and the larger Edmonton community for a chance to see what’s going on with water within around the city and abroad!

*Film Screening: Gasland Part II

Time:  7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: University of Alberta, ECHA 2-190 (Map)

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In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox takes a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil,  now occurring in 32 countries worldwide.

GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today.  The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane.  In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox’s words “contaminating our democracy”.

Presented by the Blue University Project (U of A chapter of Council of Canadians)


*The Struggle for the Sacred: Water and Resource Extraction in Indigenous Territories

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: University of Alberta, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) 2-430 (Map)

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Explore the reality for many Maya-Mam peoples when it comes to resource extraction by Canadian mining companies in Guatemala. A Maya-Mam elder will be joining us by skype phone call from Guatemala to describe the struggles of her community.

This Maya-Mam elder is part of the Maya Mam Council and the Council of Elders.  She provides guidance to community members and also works with young people to educate them of traditions and spiritual elements. Her role as a spiritual leaders is in defense of the human rights of the Maya people and defense of Mother Earth.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion lead by Métis Solidarity Week organizer Les Skinner to elaborate on  spiritual significance of water, land, and mother earth.

Presented by the Memoria Viva Society of Edmonton

Streams of Thought: An Evening of Interdisciplinary Water Knowledge

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 PM

Location: University of Alberta, CCIS PCL Lounge (Map)

Water is a topic that interconnects us all and flows through many aspects of life and industry. As a celebration of this interconnectedness, the Canadian Water Resources Association Edmonton Students and Young Professionals group and the University of Alberta Water Initiative are hosting Streams of Thought–an evening of interdisciplinary water knowledge sharing to showcase the breadth and scope of water work in Edmonton and promote collaboration across sectors. The event runs in conjunction with World Water Day and will consist of a poster session and screening of the film Watermark. We’ve received submissions from:
– Anthropology of Hydraulic Dam Development
– Detection of Pathogens in Drinking Water
– Bioremediation of Contaminated Water
– Enhanced Disinfection Technologies
– Sociology of Flooding Practices and Perceptions
– Fine arts performance exploring the impact of development on rural Alberta
– And Many More!

Presented through the UAlberta Water Initiative

Experiments in Artistic Hydrology

Time: 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Location:  PCL Lounge, CCIS Building (Map)

Aaron Veldstra

Aaron Veldstra, 2014

Experiments in Artistic Hydrology is a performance art project Aaron is currently working on in the department of Art & Design. The project is focused on the definition of two words, remediation and sustainability, and how these words are used in relation to the resource industry. The creative act is often messy and while the desired result is usually some sort of object or act which is relatable to others, the processes of learning how to create art can and does lead to the creation of waste or undesirable by-products.

The inky lines drawn on the wall are tracings of geographical data sets which display human incursion on the boreal forest of Northern Alberta. The lines are: pipelines, roads, cutlines, and power lines. Each drawing corresponds with a particular section of the National Topographic System grid. When a particular section is finished the lines are then erased using a mixture of baking soda and water. All waste water is then filtered using buckets containing gravel and graded sand. The water is re-used as many times as possible before it is returned to the city system. The drawing surface is then repainted and a new section of Alberta is traced and then erased.

Presented through the UAlberta Water Initiative



Intimate Collaborations: Water and Body

Time: Noon to 1:00pm

Location: ETLC E1 103

Water and Body

Over the past 30 years, Professor Liz Ingram has been developing art works in printmaking and installation using images and the human body. This work is inspired by a long-lasting and ongoing relationship with an ecologically fragile site in Northern Alberta, Obed Lake. In this presentation, Ingram will focus on her most recent collaborations with her husband, Bernd Hildebrandt, and the intimate and inspiring collaboration with this particular piece of land and body of water. For more information on Prof. Ingram and her art, visit www.lizingram.com

Presented through the UAlberta Water Initiative

Film Screening: Even the Rain  (También la Lluvia)

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: University of Alberta, Telus Centre, Room 217/219 (Map)

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Even the Rain is a dramatic feature film about a film crew that goes to Bolivia to make a revisionist documentary about the landing of Christopher Columbus. But when the indigenous people cast as extras begin to protest proposed water privatization, production is derailed and the crew is forced to confront the legacy of Spanish imperialism. Although fictional, Even the Rain is set against Bolivia’s real life “Water Wars”, which saw the attempted privatization of water in 2000.  Even the Rain was Spain’s submission to the best foreign language film category of the 83rd Academy Awards.  The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Presented by the University of Alberta’s Global Education Program and the Faculty of Native Studies. Presented through the UAlberta Water Initiative

*Speaker Series: Access to Water and Sanitation in the Global South

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: University of Alberta, ECHA L1-150 (Map)

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“On 28 July, 2010 through Resolution 64/292, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights.” – UN.org

Join us for an evening of discussion around the access to water and sanitation around the globe.  Presentations from The Manavta Project, Engineers Without Borders, the Kenya Ceramic Project and more!

Bus tickets will be available at this event.  Snacks will be provided at this event.

Presented by the Blue University Project (U of A chapter of Council of Canadians), an APIRG Working Group


Framing Sustainability and Water — Public Health Issues

Time: noon – 1:00pm

Location: University of Alberta, CCIS 1-160

Water is one of the top 10 international issues for the next 50 years, yet its sustainable management can be seen as a problem.  At worst, institutional inertia means we are locked-in to solving yesterday’s problems and unable to change the governance and physical infrastructure of our water systems.

While money currently frames the water discourse, there is a possible path forward by describing water management around resource recovery (water, energy, nutrients etc.). Dr. Nick Ashbolt will discuss novel system structures that utilization of resource recovery, along with their potential impacts (positive and negative) on public health, as part of the narrative for moving us into a more sustainable way of living.

Presented by the UAlberta Water Initiative


Celebrating the Athabasca River. Its uses and abuses. 

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Telus Centre

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In the frame of the 2014 World Water Day, Treaty Six, Treaty Eight, University of Alberta Intersections Project, Keepers of the Athabasca, and the University of Alberta Water Institute, have partnered to host a day long celebration of the Athabasca River as a site of huge national and international significance.

The Canadian Heritage Rivers System describe the Athabasca river as “the longest river in Alberta, winding 1,538 km through mountains, prairies, forests and muskeg to Lake Athabasca in Wood Buffalo National Park. One of the major drainage conduits for western Canada, the Athabasca originates in the Columbia Icefield, a 325 square kilometer area along the Continental Divide, and flows across three of the major physiographic regions of Canada, namely the Rocky Mountains, the Interior Plains and the Canadian Shield” (http://www.chrs.ca/Rivers/Athabasca/Athabasca-F_e.php)

The Peace-Athabasca Delta is the largest inland freshwater delta in the world and one of the most important nesting and breeding ground for waterfowl in North America. It has been designated as a Ramsar Wetland of International Biological Importance due to its importance as a nesting and breeding ground for migratory birds. Historically occupied by Sekani, Shuswap, Kootenay, Salish, Stoney and Cree tribes who hunted and fished along the river prior to the European colonization.


9:00 to 9:30 Opening and welcome

9:30 to 10:30 Significance of the Athabasca River and Basin

11:00 to 12:00 Consequences of the Obed mine spill and remediation plans

1:30 to 3:30 Oil and Water: Hydraulic Fracturing and Insitu Production—an opportunity for dialogue between researchers and the public

Speakers include:

Cleo Reese, Councilor from The Fort McMurray # 468 First Nation

U of A professors Rick Chalaturnyk, Daniel Alessi, Mark Poesch;

Parkland Institute Executive Director, Ricardo Acuna

Members of the Cold Lake community

ACFN member Melissa Daniels

Sunshine Treeshade Humanitarian Charity’s 7th Annual Water For Life Event

Time: 5:00pm til late

Location: The Addictions Recovery Centre  – 11724 82 St NW (Map)

Dedicated to awareness-action to overcome: the carnage of e.g. global average 4000+ children under age 5 killed daily from contaminated water related disease (e.g. dysentery), local/Canadian toxic water problems, the loss of democratic public owned/shared water commons, and other threats to clean community owned democratically managed water for life for all creatures.

The event will feature:
MC Comedian/Actor Charles Gahl

Music from:
Trevor Duplessis
Stephanie Harpe
Gautam Karnik & Fernando Munoz
Shannon Land
Leon Lightning
Cameron Noyes & Reg Elder
Jimmy Punktured
John Spearn
Ken Stead
LIGHT TRAVELS members Justin Disnard, Lara Tang, Matt Spearin

Water photos  by international award winning (National Geographic photo prize) photographer Gundeep Inder Singh

and much more!

Check out the Facebook event for more information


*All Blue University Project sponsored events will be Bottled Water Free as part of our mandate to support public water resources.  Water will be available at these events so bring your water bottles (reusable cups will be available at some events thanks to Sustain SU)