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Alberta Wilderness Association is the oldest wilderness conservation group in Alberta (since 1965), seeking a network of representative protected areas.  AWA has a proven history of being an effective, credible, and independent advocate for wildlands, wildwater, and wildlife.

Sponsored by the Alberta Wilderness and Wildlife Trust, the Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture is an opportunity to present the ideas of researchers in a field related to conservation of wilderness. AWA invites speakers for our Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture, to challenge AWA to seek new directions and ways to increase its effectiveness.

AWA is proud to present these lectures in pursuit of its mission “Defending Wild Alberta through Awareness and Action.”

Martha Kostuch

Martha Kostuch

An expert in consensus-based decision making her work helped join groups that traditionally might not have worked together. She sought ways to make the system work so we could move forward. Kostuch was a “feisty, fine woman, who never hesitated to speak her mind.” When she recognized things weren’t right, she would fight very hard, tirelessly; to make sure that there was a change and that it would be better for all of us. Kostuch, who died April 23, 2008, was a national leader, an Alberta Wilderness Defender and a woman who leaves a vital legacy. AWA has honoured her legacy and her memory by naming our annual lecture the Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture.

Past Martha Kostuch Wilderness and Wildlife Lecturers:

  • Wayne Howse
  • Christyann Olson
  • James Ahnassay
  • Linda Duncan
  • Kevin Van Tighem
  • Mark Boyce
  • Michael Sullivan
  • Chris Turner
  • Ray Rasmussen
  • Sid Marty
  • Ted Morton
  • Lorraine Mitchelmore
  • Lorne Fitch
  • Bob Scammell
  • Peter Lee
  • Richard Secord
  • Mike McIvor
  • Ian Urquhart
  • Bill Donahue
  • Jim Butler
  • Valerius Geist
  • Charlie Russell
  • Thomas Power
  • David Schindler

October 31, 2022

2021 Martha Kostuch Annual Lecture and Wilderness and Wildlife Defender Awards: Wayne Howse

Wild Lands Advocate article by: Nigel Douglas Click here for a pdf version of the article….

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July 5, 2022

Martha Kostuch Annual Lecture – Modern Day Rebels Christyann Olson, Wilderness Defender

Wild Lands Advocate article by: Nigel Douglas Click here for a pdf version of the…

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February 22, 2021

A Conversation with Dene Tha’ Chief James Ahnassay

AWA’s prestigious Wilderness and Wildlife Defenders Award was presented to Dene Tha’ Chief James Ahnassay…

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If I were asked to illustrate a scene of utter serenity and peace, I would choose a picture of a mother grizzly wandering across flower-covered slopes with two small cubs gamboling at her heels. This is truly a part of the deep tranquility that is the wilderness hallmark.
- Andy Russell, 1975
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