Paddling Past Polar Bears: Exploring Manitoba’s Seal River Watershed

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Paddling Past Polar Bears: Exploring Manitoba’s Seal River Watershed

January 15 2021

In the northernmost reaches of Manitoba, there is a pristine expanse of tundra, wetlands and forests as vast as Nova Scotia.

The Seal River Watershed has no permanent roads. No dams. No mines. No industrial development of any kind. Caribou and polar bears roam beneath massive flocks of birds near a powerful river teeming with beluga whales, seals and fish.

Sayisi Dene First Nation is leading an initiative to protect the Seal River Watershed’s 50,000 square kilometres in partnership with its Cree, Dene and Inuit neighbours.

In this webinar, learn about the importance of protecting the Seal River Watershed and supporting Indigenous-led conservation.

Stephanie Thorassie from the Seal River Watershed Alliance talks about the cultural significance of the region and the importance of formalizing the traditional stewardship practices of the peoples who have cared for these lands and waters since time immemorial.

The Seal River Watershed Alliance aims to expand tourism opportunities in the region in order to share the beauty of this region — and of their cultures — with travellers from Canada and beyond.

The event also features Caroline Wintoniw who explored one of the most challenging rivers in Canada this summer and paddled past polar bears and got dive bombed by terns on her way to Hudson Bay.

See photos of Caroline’s trip by checking out her Instagram.

Protecting the Seal River Watershed is yet another way we can ensure we #KeepManitobaWild.

Visit the Seal River Watershed Initiative website for more information.

Watch the webinar recording.

Connecting for Conservation Speaker Series

This year, people have been spending more time than ever outdoors and establishing meaningful connections with nature. This connection to nature fuels a desire to protect and improve our natural spaces.

It hasn’t been easy for us to gather this year to learn from one another and rally for change, so CPAWS Manitoba is launching a monthly webinar series to help us connect for conservation online.

Join us to connect with others in your community, learn about important environmental topics, share stories, and find out how you can make a difference for nature in Manitoba.

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With your help, we can protect half our lands and waters for future generations of people and wildlife.