Fraser Riverkeeper, an initiative of Swim Drink Fish, is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Fraser River and its watershed—our encompassing mission is to ensure the right of all citizens to safely swim, drink, and fish in BC waters.
We believe the best way to ensure swimmable, drinkable, fishable water is to build a network of water guardians, people who are connected to their waters, connected to each other, and active in community life.
Fraser Riverkeeper was founded in 2007 by the late Doug Chapman, a renowned environmental lawyer and seasoned prosecutor of environmental crime. When Doug launched Fraser Riverkeeper, he vowed that the organization would be a vigilant protector and defender of the river and its surrounding waters, including the Georgia Strait, Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet.
In December 2017, Fraser Riverkeeper officially joined Swim Drink Fish Canada to combine efforts in our shared mission to ensure swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters for all.
Swim Drink Fish is a registered Canadian charity established in 2001. Today, we represent a movement of nearly 4 million people in communities where access to clean water is threatened. We teach water literacy, support grassroots efforts to combat beach closures, drinking water threats, and disappearing habitats. We also aim to ensure that everyone has access to clean water for swimming, drinking, and fishing.
Projects & Programs
Our flagship projects inspire people to know and safeguard their local waters using citizen science and communications technology. We work closely with other local Waterkeepers across Canada, including Fraser Riverkeeper, North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper, and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, to implement a variety of programs to archive and share stories, data, and evidence collected by these communities.
Embracing Indigenous Knowledge and Values
Here at Fraser Riverkeeper, we are steadfast in our pursuit of building relationships with Indigenous communities through consultation and partnership. Our work will always endeavour to support Indigenous rights to sovereignty, self-determination, and free access to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.
Diversity Within Fraser Riverkeeper
Our employees and partners come from many different cultural, linguistic, and national backgrounds. They all provide valuable knowledge that helps us address complex environmental issues.