Shortcomings of the current UNESCO designation process to adequately assess sites nominated on the combined basis of cultural and natural heritage value was a topic of discussion at both the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee and at the 2014 World Parks Congress. Catalysed by the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage bid, these discussions stand to acknowledge the value of the “indissoluble bonds between nature and culture: in indigenously managed sites all over the world. Read our blog post by Olivia Atkins to discover more about Pimachiowin Aki, the land that gives life.
In partnership with the Canadian Canoe Foundation, Paddle Manitoba and Northern Soul Wilderness Adventures , CPAWS Manitoba worked to provide an incredible wilderness experience for 7 enthusiastic youth participants. From July 9th-15th, these intrepid individuals learned, laughed, sweat through a one of Manitoba’s most pristine river canoe routes. 70 km through both Nopiming and Manigotagan River Provincial Parks, the group navigated a shifting landscape of dense moist Poplar and Elderberry, dry upland Jack Pine stands, endless stretches of wetland teeming with life and dozens of rapids and waterfalls. Focused on educating participants on the outstanding ecological significance of the Manigotagan River, the watershed, and the entire East Side of Lake Winnipeg, they were given a first-hand understanding of this region and the need to protect it.
Chanda and I have recently returned from an enriching and enlightening trip to Weaver Lake in Poplar River First Nation’s traditional territory. Nestled within the intact wilderness on the east … Read More