Our Work

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s grassroots voice for wilderness. We are solutions-oriented, and we get results.

Manitoba chapter

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. CPAWS Manitoba ensures that the voice of conservation is heard on issues affecting our parks and wilderness areas.

CPAWS as a national organization

Since we were founded in 1963, we have helped protect over 50 million hectares of Canada’s most treasured wild places. CPAWS’ structure is unique among national conservation groups: we are chapter-driven, yet nationally focused. Our regional strength and volunteer spirit is unparalleled: 13 chapters, hundreds of dedicated volunteers, and 50,000 supporters across Canada. CPAWS focuses on establishing new parks and making sure the needs of nature come first in their management. These are ongoing activities. Wilderness areas, and the wildlife populations they support, need to be conserved and protected. We must ensure that wilderness areas and the links between them are adequate to maintain breeding populations of all the living things that are dependent on them. Why? So that Canada’s wilderness and wildlife, some of the few remaining pristine ecosystems in the world, remain forever … so that our children and grandchildren can continue to experience what we have enjoyed.

Mission statement

CPAWS envisions a healthy ecosphere where people experience and respect natural ecosystems.

We will achieve this by:

  • Protecting Canada’s wild ecosystems in parks, wilderness and similar natural areas, preserving the full diversity of habitats and their species;
  • Promoting awareness and understanding of ecological principles and the inherent values of wilderness through education, appreciation and experience;
  • Encouraging individual action to accomplish these goals;
  • Working co-operatively with government, First Nations, business, other organizations and individuals in a consensus-seeking manner, wherever possible.

CPAWS believes that by ensuring the health of the parts, we ensure the health of the whole, which is our health too.