One River – Ethics Matter: Western Montana

5th annual international conference on the past and future of the Columbia River

You are invited – Please mark your calendar.   This one-day conference is free, open to the public, and lunch is provided.

Kootenai River, Libby dam, “Lake” KooCanUSA.  One of four “Treaty dams” in the Upper Columbia, Libby dam brought benefits but also adverse impacts for the Kootenai River and Kootenay Lake. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)


  • Where:  University of Montana in Missoula
  • When:  April 11th – 8:00-5:00 PM
  • Hosted by: University of Montana –  Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy, Department of Geography

Prime Minister Trudeau, President Trump.  The Trudeau and Trump Administrations continue to move toward negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty.

As Canada and the United States prepare to negotiate and update the Columbia River Treaty, the “One River, Ethics Matter” conference series focuses on the Basin’s dam-building era, consequences for rivers in western Montana, and opportunities to protect these waters in a time of climate change. 

Columbia River Pastoral Letter.  Combining the Roman Catholic Bishops’ international Pastoral Letter with tools used by hospital ethics committees provides the framework for examining the ethical dimensions of the past and future of the Columbia River.

This is the 5th in a series of annual international ethics conferences on the past and future of the Columbia River focusing on tribes and First Nations.  The series is modeled on another injustice, apartheid, and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation process.   The conference series is supported by the Ethics & Treaty Project.

For more information, visit our conference website:  One River – Ethics Matter:  Western Montana

To help with the conference or for more information:

  • Sophia Cinnamon
  • The Rev. Tom Soeldner
  • John Osborn MD

    [Click on map to enlarge] Columbia River, tribes, First Nations. There has never been a basin-wide accounting nor remedy for the wrenching impacts of the dam-building era on the Columbia River and people of the river. (map courtesy of Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission)