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CPAWS Commends Progress Toward East Side World Heritage Site

CPAWS Commends Progress Toward East Side World Heritage Site

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 …

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Big wilderness protected by Bloodvein plan

Big wilderness protected by Bloodvein plan

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is cheering the protection of a huge area of Manitoba’s Boreal Forest announced today.

The vast area on the east side of Lake Winnipeg is home to Bloodvein First Nation. They worked with the province to develop a land use plan that is now officially solidified in legislation.

Congratulations to Bloodvein First Nation for their hard work and determination to safeguard part of the world’s largest intact section of Boreal Forest. We also applaud the Manitoba government, environmental groups, and Manitoba citizens for supporting large-scale wilderness protection in the region,” said an exuberant Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of the Manitoba chapter of CPAWS.

Through a provincial campaign, CPAWS has educated and inspired tens of thousands of Manitobans to voice their support for protection of the east side of Lake Winnipeg.

This is a great day for Manitoba,” …

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CPAWS Applauds Wilderness Protection Announcement

CPAWS Applauds Wilderness Protection Announcement
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The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is cheering the protection of a huge area of Manitoba’s Boreal Forest that was announced by the provincial government today. The ancient and largely undisturbed wilderness, about 20 times the size of Winnipeg, was legally protected from industrial activities such as logging, mining, and hydro developments.

The vast area on the east side of Lake Winnipeg is home to Poplar River First Nation, which led the conservation initiative.

“Congratulations to Poplar River First Nation for their hard work and determination to safeguard part of the world’s largest intact section of Boreal Forest. We also applaud the Manitoba government, environmental groups, and Manitoba citizens for supporting large-scale wilderness protection in the region,” said an exuberant Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of the Manitoba chapter of CPAWS.

Through …

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INTERNATIONAL GUESTS WELCOMED TO ONE OF THE LAST GREAT FORESTS OF THE WORLD

Proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site east of Lake Winnipeg would be Canada’s first to earn status for both natural and cultural value: Premier Selinger

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada—May 27, 2011

Over a dozen special guests from across Canada and the United States spent the last two days in the boreal forest of Manitoba learning first hand why the area is worthy of UNESCO World Heritage site status and world wide support. Premier Greg Selinger and Pimachiowin Aki Corp. Spokesperson Sophia Rabliauskas co-hosted the tour.

“It’s an honour to welcome new friends to Pimachiowin Aki, which means ‘The Land that Gives Life’ in Ojibwe,” said Rabliauskas. “As Anishinabe people we enjoy a special connection to the lands and waters that have sustained our ancestors forever. We look forward to sharing our culture and teachings with more visitors from around the world as we work to …

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EARTH DAY WITH MAUDE BARLOW

EARTH DAY WITH MAUDE BARLOW

“Heart of the Boreal” Fort Garry Hotel, Provencher Room

222 Broadway Street, Winnipeg, Mb.

7-11pm, Friday evening

The Boreal Forest Network is pleased to present Maude Barlow, National Chair of the Council of Canadians, author and activist, at a free Earth Day forum, where she will speak to international water issues, privatization and trade agreements, and other pressing issues.

“This Earth Day, we celebrate the fact the the United Nations has just debated, for the first time, the need for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. Modern humans regard nature as a great resource for our pleasure and profit and not as a living ecosystem which gives us life. Our relationship to nature must change, from one of exploitation to one of caring stewardship, ” said Barlow.

The Indigenous communities on the east side of Lake Winnipeg, who …

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Pimachiowin Aki leaders take Canadian successes to New Zealand and the international stage

WINNIPEG—January 26, 2011—Manitoba and Ontario First Nations leaders led an eight-person delegation to New Zealand this month to share lessons with environmentalists, researchers and Aboriginal people from around the world on how First Nations here are working with governments to protect traditional lands through projects like the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Site project and land use planning.

It was evident to the Pimachiowin Aki (pim MATCH cho win – ahh Key) team that Manitoba and Ontario First Nations had some good lessons to share with their Maori counterparts who are also struggling with how to work with other interests groups in efforts to protect the land.

“It was amazing  how similar our stories and our connections with the land are with the Maori we met. After the conference we traveled …

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International Plea to Protect the Heart of the Boreal – East side of Lake Winnipeg McFadyen gets a surprise delivery

Today, copies of almost 10,000 letters from North Americans who support a World Heritage Site on the east side of Lake Winnipeg were delivered to the Manitoba legislature. The letters ask the province to maintain the quest for the prestigious international UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the ecologically and culturally significant region and to hold strong on its decision to not run a major hydro corridor through the area.

Representatives from three leading Manitoba environmental groups made a point of hand delivering copies of the letters to Manitoba Tory leader Hugh McFadyen, the main proponent for an east side hydro corridor routing. A major hydro transmission pathway through the region would jeopardize Manitoba’s chance of UNESCO granting a world heritage site.

The competition to achieve World Heritage Site designation is challenging as many apply, few are chosen. Manitoba needs to make its application the best it can …

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Groups back Manitoba decision on boreal protection

Groups back Manitoba decision on boreal protection

Announcing Heart of the Boreal action alert/website
Canadian, Manitoban and U.S. organizations have joined together in an action alert to urge the Manitoba Government to stand firm on its commitment to not construct the BiPole III hydro transmission line on the east side of Lake Winnipeg and to protect millions of hectares of unique boreal forest as an UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS).

The Boreal Forest Network (BFN), Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), the Wilderness Committee (WC) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are calling on the public, in Canada and the United States, to tell the province to continue to say no to an industrial transmission line on the east side and to move forward with the creation of a World Heritage Site.

The Manitoba based groups launched a joint website today at heartoftheboreal.ca to celebrate the ecological and cultural attributes …

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Bloodvein River First Nation Supports World Heritage Site Bid

WINNIPEG—December 22, 2009—Bloodvein River First Nation has become an active member of Pimachiowin Aki Corp. joining with four other First Nations to have a portion of the Manitoba-Ontario boreal forest designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bloodvein River’s decision means that additional lands will be added to the project planning area.  Bloodvein River spokesperson William Young says he anticipates that more than 50 percent of his community’s traditional territory will be added to the 40,000 square kilometres currently in the World Heritage Site project area.  Bloodvein River’s land use plan is being developed and when complete will determine exactly which part of the First Nation’s traditional area will be included within  the UNESCO bid.

Located 210 kilometres north of Winnipeg, Bloodvein River First Nation sits on three kilometres of shoreline on the east side of Lake Winnipeg directly north of the Bloodvein River and is home to about 1500 residents both …

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Manitoba First Nations Support International Resolution to Protect More than Half of the Boreal

An Essential Step in Addressing and Adapting to Climate Change
Two Manitoba First Nations are stating their support for a resolution to protect more than 50% of Canada’s Boreal Region in a network of protected areas that allow for species to migrate and adapt to climate change. Last month, over 1500 scientists, conservationists, and concerned citizens from 51 countries around the globe passed the resolution in Merida, Mexico at the World Wilderness Congress. The resolution, proposed by the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), calls for achieving this goal through First Nations community-based land-use planning including eco-system based resource management across the remaining landscape.

“People from all over the world are joining the growing movement to safeguard the Boreal Region,” stated Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of CPAWS Manitoba. “Manitoba has the grand opportunity to become a Canadian leader by announcing a process that works with First Nations and …

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