Our Current Campaigns
Every letter counts.
Because every letter gets read and registered. That's how our government works.
We know, because we've helped create 23 parks and protected areas in Manitoba. With your help, we hope to achieve our long-term goal of protecting half our wild spaces.
Manitoba currently protects 11% of our province. CPAWS Manitoba is working on campaigns that would more than double the healthy lands and waters we conserve for future generations of people and wildlife.
Take action by sending a letter supporting our campaigns to protect polar bears, woodland caribou, moose, the Seal River Watershed, Hudson Bay, the southeastern Interlake, Assiniboine Forest and Manitoba's provincial parks.
Our Current Campaigns
Protect 30% of Manitoba by 2030
We need to protect our lands and waters today to make sure nature and people can thrive in the future. Manitoba has committed to conserving 30% of the province by 2030 to help fight climate change and protect threatened species. But it’s going to take a lot of work to meet this ambitious target. So efforts need to begin immediately. Tell Premier Wab Kinew we can’t wait. We need swift and decisive action to protect Manitoba’s lands and waters. Take action for the future you want.
Protect Polar Bear Habitats
Manitoba has lost a third of its polar bear population. If we act now, we can help mother bears protect their cubs. Northern communities are working to establish Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas in the region. These initiatives could protect the lands south of Hudson Bay where polar bears dig their dens and raise their cubs. Conserving the Hudson Bay Lowlands would also help to mitigate climate change and safeguard critical habitats for threatened birds and a wide array of wildlife. Join us in the fight to protect polar bears.
Fisher River Cree Nation Conservation Areas Initiative
The goal of the FRCN Conservation Areas Initiative is to protect the health of Manitoba’s southeastern Interlake's thriving natural landscape so it can continue to provide sustainable economic opportunities and support cherished lifestyles and cultures. The aim is to establish a network of protected areas for future generations of people and wildlife. FRCN is leading the effort and neighbouring Peguis First Nation and CPAWS Manitoba are partners. The initiative has the support of the province of Manitoba and the government of Canada.
The Seal River Watershed
In Manitoba’s far north lies one of our most vast and little known wilderness areas, the Seal River Watershed. At 50,000 square km (nearly the size of Nova Scotia), this pristine landscape encircles a realm of unimaginable natural beauty with a richness of geography and ecology unparalleled in our province. CPAWS Manitoba is working with four First Nations to conserve the entire watershed as an Indigenous Protected Area.
Assiniboine Forest is the largest urban forest in Canada. And yet a simple 2/3 Winnipeg city council vote is all it would take for the forest’s 711 acres to be opened up to developers. A huge opportunity presented itself in August 2021 when the city entered into an agreement with the federal government to establish a National Urban Park. The location has not yet been announced. Assiniboine Forest is the natural choice for Winnipeg’s first National Urban Park. The federal designation will create jobs for park maintenance, management and interpretive programs.
Hudson Bay is losing ice faster than any other part of the Arctic. That doesn’t just make it harder for polar bears to hunt. It also means there are more ships in Canada’s great inland sea. Federal protection could help ensure the survival of belugas, polar bears, sea birds and other species which are under increasing pressure from the changes in the Arctic.
Save Our Moose
There are few things more iconically Canadian than the moose. This majestic creature is a symbol of our Great White North and a keystone species of our boreal ecosystem. Moose may soon disappear completely from some parts of Manitoba, where the population has dropped by as much as 57 percent.
CPAWS is working to protect threatened woodland caribou from extinction. These spectacular creatures need immense sections of unbroken boreal forest to find enough food and avoid predators. Caribou ranges continue to degrade as human activity, including logging, mining and road networks, push northward throughout Canada – Manitoba being no exception.
Canada has one of the oldest and most extensive parks systems in the world but, with rapidly increasing development pressures, it is more important than ever to preserve as many deserving and unique wild places as we can before they are threatened. CPAWS Manitoba is dedicated to creating new parks, protected areas, and wilderness corridors and act as a watchdog to ensure that existing ones are well-managed.
Our Successful Campaigns
Defend Manitoba Parks
Manitobans could have lost access to nature under a proposal to run provincial parks like a business and to shed unprofitable ‘assets.’ The provincial government was looking to potentially decommission or sell off provincial parks and is seeking greater “financial sustainability" for the parks that remain. More than 2,600 Manitobans told the government that parks are for people - not for profit. It's time to invest in park services and give Manitobans more opportunities to enjoy nature.
Amisk Park Reserve
A sanctuary for Manitoba’s most threatened woodland caribou remains safe—for now. Thanks in large part to all the people who joined CPAWS’ quest, the Manitoba government has extended protection for the Amisk Park Reserve until 2028.
Little Limestone Lake
Little Limestone Lake, located approximately 450 Km north of Winnipeg, along the highway to Thompson, Manitoba, is the biggest and best marl, colour-changing lake in the world! CPAWS worked in partnership with Mosakahiken Cree Nations to establish Little Limestone Lake Provincial Park in 2007. The next step is to ensure a sufficient area around the lake is protected so the water body’s ecology remains intact and the needs of local communities are met.
Manitoba’s east side is in the heart of the Earth’s largest roadless and wild boreal forest region. Continuously inhabited by Indigenous communities for over 6000 years, the region supports a richness of cultural and biological diversity that are inextricably linked. The region is also home to some of the most robust herds of threatened woodland caribou. It was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2018.