As Canada and the United States start negotiations over the Columbia River Treaty, the University of Montana will host a conference to discuss the future of rivers flowing through western Montana.
“One River, Ethics Matter” will examine the moral dimensions of the dam-building era, focusing on U.S. Indian tribes and Canadian First Nations people, rivers and the life that depends on them, and the compelling need to add ecosystem-based function to the Columbia River Treaty.
Tribal, First Nations and religious leaders from the Upper Columbia River will lead the one-day conference on ethics and the past and future of the Columbia River.
The conference brings together religious leaders, indigenous people, educators and writers. David will present a short talk during the day-long event and participate in a panel.
The event is hosted by UM’s Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy and the Department of Geography and is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided, and an evening reception will follow.