Protecting Canada's water. Empowering Canada's North.

Fort Nelson First Nation joins Mackenzie DataStream

June 9, 2016

The Gordon Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership with Fort Nelson First Nation on Mackenzie DataStream ( “We’re thankful to the Canadian Internet Registration Agency (CIRA) for recognizing the importance of Mackenzie DataStream with their funding,” says Sherry Campbell, The Gordon Foundation’s CEO. “As a leading-edge information hub for freshwater quality in the Mackenzie River Basin, this open source, open access platform currently contains water data collected by communities in the Northwest Territories. With CIRA’s Community Investment Program funding, we are able to partner with Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN) to expand into British Columbia for the first time.”


Fort Nelson First Nation, a Treaty 8 signatory, is located in northeastern British Columbia within tributary waters to Canada’s north-flowing Mackenzie Basin. The community of roughly 800 band members leads a comprehensive land and water stewardship program which includes an ecosystem monitoring program.


“We have invested in water monitoring and see tremendous value in sharing it on this open access platform”, says Chief Liz Logan of the Fort Nelson First Nation.  “Mackenzie DataStream will allow this data to be used in our community as well as by our neighbours downstream in Yukon, Alberta and the Northwest Territories”. 


As The Gordon Foundation’s Carolyn DuBois explains, this is an important milestone for Mackenzie DataStream. “We know the strength of this initiative is its collective approach. Mackenzie DataStream currently contains data collected by 21 communities in the Northwest Territories and we hope to work with many other groups collecting data in the six jurisdictions in the Mackenzie Basin. By collaborating with communities like Fort Nelson First Nation we are not only making more data available, we will also have an opportunity to learn and make Mackenzie DataStream as relevant as possible for communities”.  


The Mackenzie DataStream pilot was funded by The Gordon Foundation and developed in close collaboration with the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Foundation’s key northern and technical partner for this project. This project has received ongoing input from Northwest Territories Water Strategy Water Partners with wide-ranging expertise. The full list of water partners can be found here:


Mackenzie DataStream was developed by Alberta-based Tesera Systems.

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Media Contact

Carolyn DuBois

Water Program Manager, The Gordon Foundation

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The Gordon Foundation

The Gordon Foundation has made a longstanding commitment to protect Canada’s water and empower Canada’s North. The Mackenzie River Basin Initiative supports innovative research and communications to strengthen citizen engagement in freshwater management, and to drive the development of sound freshwater policy.


Fort Nelson First Nation

Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN), located in northeastern British Columbia in the Liard River watershed, is a Treaty 8 First Nation of a Dene/Cree linguistic group with roughly 800 members living on and off-reserve. FNFN is an active steward of its land and water resources and a member of the B.C. Bilateral Management Committee of the Mackenzie River Basin Board.


CIRA’s Community Investment Program

Through the Community Investment Program, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) funds projects that demonstrate the capacity to build a better online Canada. The CIRA team manages Canada’s country code top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. A Member-based organization, CIRA represents the interests of Canada’s Internet community internationally.

Topic Area(s): Water