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Fish, Kin and Hope: Tending to Water Violations in amiskwaciwâskahikan and Treaty Six Territory

Plastiglomerate sample/ready-made, collected by Patricia Corcoran and sculptor Kelly Jazvac at Kamilo Beach, Hawaii, 2013. Photograph: Jeff Elstone. Courtesy Kelly Jazvac
On 21 July 2016, Husky Energy Inc. spilled around 200,000 litres of oil mixed with diluents into the North Saskatchewan River, near the Saskatchewan-Alberta border. The oil spill breached the containment booms that had been built in the river, and flowed past cities and First Nations lands downstream of the leak. The cities of Prince Albert and North Battleford and the James Smith Cree Nation were forced to enact emergency drinking-water measures. Beyond the spill’s technical and infrastructural impact, the oil and diluents killed many more-than-human beings within the river: