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Jon Waterhouse

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Jon Waterhouse Biography

Jonathan Andrew Waterhouse (S’Klallam, Chippewa, Cree) is honored as a 2012 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award finalist for his tireless dedication to the restoration and preservation of the Yukon River Watershed. Among his many roles, Waterhouse serves as executive director for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC), a grassroots organization that brings together 70 sovereign indigenous governments with a simple goal—“to be able to drink directly from the Yukon River.” Jon has an extraordinary ability to capture the vision of the Watershed Council membership and translate it into meaningful and significant implementation. Jon’s work serves as a model for indigenous peoples around the world, as they attempt to restore, protect and preserve their watersheds, while using traditional knowledge as a foundation for achieving their goals.

In 2007, to assess the health of the Yukon River Watershed amid growing concerns about the significant decline in salmon runs, native elders and tribal leaders asked Jon to “go out and take the pulse of the river.” That began a 1,500-mile canoe trip that Waterhouse christened “The Healing Journey.” Gathering traditional knowledge through stories told by the people of the river while collecting water quality data, the Healing Journey spurred a watershed-wide cleanup effort, removing nearly 16 million pounds of hazardous waste and recyclable materials from the more than 320,000-square-mile watershed. Tribal leaders have praised Jon as a competent and dedicated leader, who follows the guiding principles of the Yukon River elders and respects traditional protocols that have shepherded indigenous people through thousands of years.

Jon’s original goal to restore the intimate connection between Yukon native communities and their natural world has reached far beyond the Yukon to watersheds in remote regions of North and South America, Russia, Europe, Greenland, Africa, and New Zealand. Jon’s original canoe trip has developed into a worldwide Healing Journey event. The Healing Journey is tackling social issues by helping community members reconnect with the natural world and, in turn, with one another.

Born in the South of France to military parents, Jon is one of few North American tribal members who had to become a naturalized citizen. At the age of 14, Jon’s family returned to the United States, but he was discontented and grew rebellious. He turned to the natural world as an escape from an unstable home environment, but his vagrant lifestyle and brushes with the law found Jon at a crossroads. In 1975, he joined the military and narrowly averted a prison sentence. Twenty years later, Jon retired as a decorated U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. In 1997, he began his work with the people of the Yukon River Watershed.

Over the years, Jon’s remarkable work has ranged from policy-level consultation with tribal, national, and international governments to native youth outreach and education. In 2009, Jon guided the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council to U.N. Consultative Status. That same year, Jon was named a National Geographic Education Fellow. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Waterhouse to the fifteen-member Joint Public Advisory Committee, where he is among representatives from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, who have been chosen to advise the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). He also serves on the Board of the Alaska-Sudan Medical Project as community development director, assisting in the creation of primary medical care facilities in remote areas of South Sudan. Most importantly, Jon’s work has always been about taking direct, impactful action. The late two-time Alaska Governor Walter J. Hickel recognized Jon’s pragmatic approach to the Yukon River Watershed restoration and echoed Jon’s mantra, often quoting him as he urged Alaskans to “put on some gloves and get to work.”

Jon lives in Anchorage, Alaska with his wife, writer Mary Marshall, who is a passionate advocate for reconnecting people and the natural world around them.

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Jon Waterhouse Biography

Jonathan Andrew Waterhouse (S’Klallam, Chippewa, Cree) is honored as a 2012 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award finalist for his tireless dedication to the restoration and preservation of the Yukon River Watershed. Among his many roles, Waterhouse serves as executive director for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC), a grassroots organization that brings together 70 sovereign indigenous governments with a simple goal—“to be able to drink directly from the Yukon River.” Jon has an extraordinary ability to capture the vision of the Watershed Council membership and translate it into meaningful and significant implementation. Jon’s work serves as a model for indigenous peoples around the world, as they attempt to restore, protect and preserve their watersheds, while using traditional knowledge as a foundation for achieving their goals.

In 2007, to assess the health of the Yukon River Watershed amid growing concerns about the significant decline in salmon runs, native elders and tribal leaders asked Jon to “go out and take the pulse of the river.” That began a 1,500-mile canoe trip that Waterhouse christened “The Healing Journey.” Gathering traditional knowledge through stories told by the people of the river while collecting water quality data, the Healing Journey spurred a watershed-wide cleanup effort, removing nearly 16 million pounds of hazardous waste and recyclable materials from the more than 320,000-square-mile watershed. Tribal leaders have praised Jon as a competent and dedicated leader, who follows the guiding principles of the Yukon River elders and respects traditional protocols that have shepherded indigenous people through thousands of years.

Jon’s original goal to restore the intimate connection between Yukon native communities and their natural world has reached far beyond the Yukon to watersheds in remote regions of North and South America, Russia, Europe, Greenland, Africa, and New Zealand. Jon’s original canoe trip has developed into a worldwide Healing Journey event. The Healing Journey is tackling social issues by helping community members reconnect with the natural world and, in turn, with one another.

Born in the South of France to military parents, Jon is one of few North American tribal members who had to become a naturalized citizen. At the age of 14, Jon’s family returned to the United States, but he was discontented and grew rebellious. He turned to the natural world as an escape from an unstable home environment, but his vagrant lifestyle and brushes with the law found Jon at a crossroads. In 1975, he joined the military and narrowly averted a prison sentence. Twenty years later, Jon retired as a decorated U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer. In 1997, he began his work with the people of the Yukon River Watershed.

Over the years, Jon’s remarkable work has ranged from policy-level consultation with tribal, national, and international governments to native youth outreach and education. In 2009, Jon guided the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council to U.N. Consultative Status. That same year, Jon was named a National Geographic Education Fellow. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Waterhouse to the fifteen-member Joint Public Advisory Committee, where he is among representatives from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, who have been chosen to advise the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). He also serves on the Board of the Alaska-Sudan Medical Project as community development director, assisting in the creation of primary medical care facilities in remote areas of South Sudan. Most importantly, Jon’s work has always been about taking direct, impactful action. The late two-time Alaska Governor Walter J. Hickel recognized Jon’s pragmatic approach to the Yukon River Watershed restoration and echoed Jon’s mantra, often quoting him as he urged Alaskans to “put on some gloves and get to work.”

Jon lives in Anchorage, Alaska with his wife, writer Mary Marshall, who is a passionate advocate for reconnecting people and the natural world around them.

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  • Connected?: Jon Waterhouse at TEDx Anchorage 2012

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  • How to book Jon Waterhouse?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jon Waterhouse for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jon Waterhouse, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jon Waterhouse or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jon Waterhouse?

    Booking fees for Jon Waterhouse, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jon Waterhouse, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jon Waterhouse?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jon Waterhouse for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jon Waterhouse for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jon Waterhouse or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jon Waterhouse or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jon Waterhouse is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jon Waterhouse for your event is available upon request. Jon Waterhouse generally travels from Portland, OR, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Angel Hsu, Chad Pregracke, Andrew Behar, Marcelo Mena Carrasco and Tim Flannery. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jon Waterhouse for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • Connected?: Jon Waterhouse at TEDx Anchorage 2012

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