Lake Winnipeg Foundation
About the Lake Winnipeg Foundation:
The Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF) is an environmental charity that advocates for change and co-ordinates action to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg – the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world.
Guided by the expertise of its Science Advisory Council, LWF advances collaborative efforts in research, education, policy and stewardship. Its flagship initiative, the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan, addresses the root causes of potentially harmful algae blooms through the implementation of eight actions to manage phosphorus loading.
Founded in 2005 as a volunteer coalition of concerned citizens, LWF today is a leading organization working with non-profit, academic, industry and government sectors, First Nations, and the public. It remains the only membership-based freshwater stewardship organization in Manitoba.
LWF’s supporters are lake-lovers who want to make a difference. Together, we are translating science into solutions for the health of Lake Winnipeg – now and for future generations.
Learn more at lakewinnipegfoundation.org.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Manitoba Chapter
About CPAWS Manitoba:
The Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS Manitoba) has been a champion of wilderness and parks in the province since 1991. They focus on collaboration with rights-holders and stakeholders to establish protected areas within the vast Boreal region of Manitoba.
Healthy Boreal forests and wetlands play an important role in storing carbon, mitigating floods and absorbing nutrients from the waters that flow through them. CPAWS’ work to protect these landscapes within the Lake Winnipeg watershed helps to reduce the excess nutrient levels that have plagued our beloved lake and ensure these ecosystems remain healthy and continue to provide life giving services that support our people and wildlife.
Learn more at cpawsmb.org
Pimachiowin Aki: World Heritage Project
About Pimachiowin Aki:
Pimachiowin Aki, pronounced ‘Pim –MATCH–cho–win Ahh–KEY’ means The Land that Gives Life. This name is also shared by a non-profit corporation comprised of First Nations and the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba who achieved World Heritage inscription in July of 2018. Pimachiowin Aki covers 29,040 square kilometers. The nominated area is area is a rich cultural landscape; home to Anishinaabe people living in in Poplar River, Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi, and Bloodvein First Nations. Atikaki Provincial Park (Manitoba) as well as Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and Eagle-Snowshoe Conservation Reserve (Ontario) complete the area. For First Nations, the land and the people are one. It is a heritage they want to share with world.
Pimachiowin Aki is an exceptional example of a landscape within the North American Subarctic geo-cultural area that provides testimony to the cultural tradition of Ji-ganawendamang Gidakiiminaan (Keeping the Land). Pimachiowin Aki is also an outstanding example of the ecological and biological diversity of the global boreal biome.
In 2002, the First Nations signed the Protected Areas and First Nations Resource Stewardship: A Cooperative Relationship Accord (the Accord). Through the Accord the First Nations agreed to work together to propose lands within their traditional territories as a World Heritage Site. The governments of Ontario and Manitoba joined with the First Nations to develop a submission that led to Pimachiowin Aki’s inclusion on Canada’s Tentative List of World Heritage Sites in May 2004. The First Nation and provincial government partners established the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation in 2006. Pimachiowin Aki was designated as Canada's first "mixed" (cultural/natural) World Heritage Site in July of 2018.
Learn more at pimachiowinaki.org
About the Anishinaabe:
The Anishinaabe or Anishinaabeg are the indigenous peoples (First Nations) of the central North American boreal forest. Anishinaabeg are also known as Ojibwe. Anishinaabeg speak Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwe language. In Pimachiowin Aki, this ancient language is in vibrant everyday use. Anishinaabeg engage in activities and livelihoods that are continuously evolving and adapting, but which are rooted in traditional cultural values and relationships with the land and other beings. Anishinaabe traditional knowledge, language, spirituality and customary governance are central to sustaining the living cultural landscape known as Pimachiowin Aki and fulfilling a sacred duty to protect this land.