CPAWS Commends Progress Toward East Side World Heritage Site

Posted on January 19th, 2012

Source: Cpaws Manitoba

The Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is celebrating Canada’s submission to the United Nations for a World Heritage Site on the east side of Lake Winnipeg – the Heart of the Boreal. The 43,000 km² World Heritage Site proposal is an initiative of five First Nations straddling the Manitoba-Ontario border to advance common interests regarding protected areas in their linked territories.

The application, supported by the respective provincial governments, was submitted to the federal government last year for review. It has now been approved and will be sent to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to consider for the prestigious international World Heritage Site designation.

“Congratulations to the First Nations that have undertaken this tireless effort and a big thanks to the federal and provincial governments for their tremendous support,” said Ron Thiessen, executive director of the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Manitoba chapter. “It’s wonderful to be part of advancing large-scale boreal protection and sustainable communities on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.”

For more information – Ron Thiessen – 204 794 4971

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