Conference: Ethics and the Columbia River Treaty

Righting Historic Wrongs

One-Day Conference

Tuesday, May 13
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall, Globe Room
Lunch is provided.  
Event is free, but please RSVP by May 8

To RSVP or to volunteer to help, contact John Osborn  (509) 939-1290

We'll open with the Columbia River Pastoral Letter and spiritual leaders from Tribes and First Nations providing moral reflections on our relationship with water.

Next, people who lived through the dam-building era will describe epic losses suffered in the Columbia Basin.

We'll conclude with opportunities to modernize the Columbia River Treaty that governs management of the river basin in upcoming negotiations between Canada and the United States.   

Support is growing to expand the treaty's two original purposes (flood risk management and hydropower) to include a third purpose: "ecosystem function." This treaty purpose will help restore health to the Columbia Basin and return salmon to ancestral spawning waters.

International water conflicts are a growing global risk in the face of climate change. This conference intends to help establish a water ethic as a foundation for international decisions on water.

Hosts: Gonzaga University's Political Science Department, Native American Studies, and Environmental Studies


502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258
AD Box 37

Laurie Arnold
Program Director
Phone: (509) 313-5947