Dec. 14 decision on park reserves could have implications for lakes and fisheries


The Manitoba government’s deadline to make a decision on the permanent protection of nine islands in Lake Winnipegosis is tomorrow, Wednesday December 14th. Grand, Pemmican and Goose Islands have been temporarily protected as park reserves since 2001 to conserve wildlife and ecosystems in the Manitoba Lowlands Natural Region. Potential mineral interests on Pemmican Island have drawn concern from CPAWS.

Province asks you how parks that support moose and Lake Winnipeg should be managed

MiraNews, Save Our Moose

First nominated for protection by Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation, Kinwow and Sturgeon Bay Provincial Parks were officially established along the shores of Lake Winnipeg in 2015. CPAWS supported this effort by facilitating hundreds of letters to the province calling for park designation. Manitoba Sustainable Development has drafted management plans for these protected areas and wants your input before November 19, 2016.

New Boreal lands secured for nature in Manitoba


The province today announced the designation of two new provincial parks in the Boreal region as well as the designation or expansion of nine additional ecological reserves and one park.

Two new protected areas and important conservation target announced with protected areas strategy


The province of Manitoba today released its Protected Areas Strategy outlining priority regions within which protections from industrial development will be sought. Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s (CPAWS) Manitoba Chapter, who spoke at the Nov. 26 press event, was pleased to contribute to the development the strategy, which targets the protection of 17% of the landscape of Manitoba by 2020. This level of protection is on par with the national targets committed to by Canada through the United Nations Declaration on Biodiversity in 2010 .

NEWS RELEASE: Manitoba making more progress than other parts of Canada on wilderness protection

MiraManitoba's Parks, Press release

In its latest annual report released in advance of Canada Parks Day, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling Canada out for falling behind most other countries in protecting its land and fresh water. CPAWS’ 2015 report, Protecting Canada: Is it in our nature? assesses whether our governments are on track to meet their collective international commitment to protect at least 17% of our land and fresh water by 2020, and to improve the quality of our protected areas.

Kinwow, Sturgeon and Fisher Bays: A Healthy Future for Lake Winnipeg!

MiraFisher Bay, News

The Kinwow and Sturgeon Bay park reserves have been in interim protection since 2001. Nominated for protection by Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation, the Manitoba government is asking us if we want these areas to be permanently protected from industrial developments by designating them as wilderness-class provincial parks.

Caribou Losing Ground Across the Country

MiraForests, Press release, Wildlife

In its second annual review of governments’ efforts to conserve Canada’s boreal caribou, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that threats from industrial development to boreal woodland caribou have continued to increase while conservation and restoration efforts have shown little progress across the country.

Pimachiowin Aki setting the stage for critical change to World Heritage Site selection process


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.