Fisher River Cree Nation renews plea for provincial park

March 10, 2009

A northern community’s efforts to convince the Doer government to create a provincial park in its area is moving to Winnipeg today.

The Fisher River Cree Nation is holding a news conference at 11:30 a.m. in room 334 of the Legislative Building.

Fisher River chief David Crate said the province created the Fisher Bay park reserve 10 years ago the studies needed to establish a park in the area have not been carried out.

“We’re asking the province to finish the job and create the Ochiwasahow (Fisher Bay) provincial park,” Crate said in a prepared statement.

Ron Thiessen, executive director of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, said the establishment of the park is supported by a large cross-section of Manitobans, including politicians of every political stripe.

“It would be a crime if the province misses this opportunity to permanently protect the Fisher Bay region,” Thiessen said.

More details will be released at the news conference.