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!
Straddling the Manitoba-Ontario border, the area is on Canada’s short list of future World Heritage Sites. The Manitoba government has also announced its support for the initiative. Now, the province must act on its endorsement by providing legal protection from industrial developments during community lead planning, and the quest for World Heritage Site Status.
The Lands Management Plan for Poplar River First Nation’s territory calls for permanent protection of over 8,000 square kilometers, which currently has interim protection within the Poplar/Nanowin Rivers Park Reserve. Interim protection measures are also required for the remaining Manitoba section of the proposed World Heritage Site. We support these requests for protected lands, as they will allow the First Nations involved in the Accord to plan with confidence for their future while increasing this boreal region’s eligibility as a World Heritage