World Heritage Site
First Nations on the east side of Lake Winnipeg are linking their bordering traditional territories in an effort to secure protection from industrial developments. Through an Accord signed in 2002, First Nations unified in an effort to establish linked protected areas and a 43,000 square kilometer boreal World Heritage Site — that’s one-and-a-half times the size of Vancouver Island!
Wabanong Nakaygum Okimawin (WNO)
The stated objective of the WNO planning initiative is to bring together local communities, First Nations, industry and environmental organizations to develop a vision for land and resource use, in this area, that respects both the value of the boreal forests and the needs of local communities.
Eastside Aboriginal Sustainable Tourism (EAST) Inc.
As the world loses more of wild areas, tourism visits to the remaining intact forest regions, like the East Side of Lake Winnipeg, will increase.