Indigenous Inclusion

The 2022 CWRA Conference is being held in Canmore. The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

The CWRA 2022 National Conference will provide a forum for discussion and a broad range of topics in water management. 2022 is an important conference for the CWRA as it celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Canadian Water Resources Association, the 110th Anniversary of the International Joint Commission, and 145 years since the signing of Treaty 7.

The theme of our 2022 conference focuses on our shared uses of water: its cultural significance, agricultural and ecological needs; respecting and upholding Indigenous rights; and the roles of municipalities, governments, and industry in managing water resources. Special Sessions are expected to focus on water shared across multiple jurisdictions, water shared across provincial and territorial jurisdictional borders, the decision-making and stewardship of and by Indigenous communities, and our shared international waters.

The conference will provide a safe and inclusive space to discuss and collaborate. We hope to see you there!


CWRA is partnering with the Government of Canada to support the participation of Indigenous participants.

Conference Programming

CWRA has committed to a diverse and broad technical program. Throughout the conference, you will find sessions that explore topics through Indigenous-centered perspectives. In addition, a dedicated Indigenous Inclusion session has been developed. Visit our Program Page for more information!

Indigenous Inclusion Planning

Conference planning is being coordinated through the CWRA Conference Committee. In addition, a dedicated Indigenous Inclusion team is working hard to ensure a diverse and inclusive program and conference.