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National Indigenous Peoples Day

Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day to our First Nations and Metis members: Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation, Christina River Dene Nation Council, Conklin Resource Development Advisory Council, Fort McKay First Nation, Fort McKay Métis Local 63, Fort McMurray First Nation 468 and Fort McMurray Métis Local 1935.

We sincerely appreciate having your voice at our table. Your perspectives and environmental knowledge are invaluable to the work we do in the region.Thank you for your continued support of WBEA!

Click to learn more about traditional Indigenous knowledge at WBEA. 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Air quality risks with wildfires

Alberta and Western Canada are now into the wildfire season and both Alberta and BC are currently experiencing wildfires. Alberta’s Airsheds monitor and analyze air quality data and also provide the data to calculate the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). Using the AQHI can help you understand what the quality of the air around you means to your health.

To know the AQHI in your community, visit: To protect yourself, limit exposure by adjusting your activity during episodes of increased air pollution (high AQHI) and save those more strenuous physical and outdoor activities for days when the index is lower. To better understand the AQHI and the actions to take visit:

Airsheds are not-for-profit, consensus-based, regional multi-stakeholder organizations. They facilitate the development of regional and community strategies on initiatives to improve air quality, including public outreach and education. Alberta Airsheds Council is a partnership of Alberta’s Airsheds and provides leadership in support of healthy air quality for Albertan’s and the environment.

For links to Alberta’s Airsheds and air quality information visit:

Karla Reesor
Executive Director



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WBEA publishes 5 year Strategic Plan

The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) 2017-2021 Strategic Plan captures, in a single document, what WBEA is about and what it seeks to achieve over the next five years.

WBEA President, Cliff Dimm, said of the plan, “We believe that the strategic plan demonstrates the value of our successful multi-stakeholder, consensus-based organization. As the Association responsible for state-of-the-art environmental monitoring in our region, we are constantly striving to be the best at what we do, and this approach is reflected throughout our strategic plan.”

All of WBEA’s 38 member organizations contributed to the planning process. The development of the plan involved reflecting on past years of operation, gathering feedback and perspectives from all participants and setting goals to successfully carry the organization into the future.

The Strategic Planning Committee worked to identify what is working well within the organization, as well as key issues, gaps and areas for improvement. The result of this work is a forward-looking, five year strategic plan that focuses on four major goals. In short, WBEA plans to:

1. Provide state-of-the-art environmental monitoring

2. Support meaningful stakeholder engagement and strategic partnerships

3. Recognize traditional knowledge as an important source of wisdom and information

4. Establish socially and fiscally responsible business practices

“As the region moves forward, WBEA will also move forward. Over the next five years, we will work closely with our Governance Committee, membership at large, technical committees and staff to deliver on the specifics outlined in the plan. We will also look to this Strategic Plan to focus our work and help drive discussions with our members, our funders, and the communities in our region,” said Dimm.

Click to download the 2017-2021 WBEA Strategic Plan

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You're Invited! WBEA Earth Day Talks - April 22

The number, size and intensity of wildfires has been increasing over the last 30 years. What are the causes? What are the effects?

On April 22, 2017 you're invited to the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association’s Earth Day talks.

Matt Landis, Ph.D., will explore the largest wildfire in Alberta’s history and the impact it had on the Region’s air quality, and Eric S. Edgerton, Ph.D., will examine the influence of wildfires on atmospheric concentrations in the Athabasca Region.

Don’t miss the WBEA Earth Day talks, Saturday April 22 (Earth Day), from 11AM to 1 PM at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library.

For more information, please contact the WBEA office at 780-799-4420 or 


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