Aboriginal leaders, scientists and environmental activists from across Canada are talking this week about water quality at a national summit in Yellowknife, reports CBC News.

More than 100 delegates gathered for the Dene Nation’s National Environment and Water Summit to discuss issues such as the effect of oilsands development on water.

“We are seeing the direct impacts of climate change,” Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine told delegates in his opening remarks Tuesday, “such as the drying up of lakes and rivers, and making access to some communities very difficult and costly.”

Delegates will discuss ways to address water quality concerns, and also hear about the Northwest Territories government’s water strategy.

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