Chief Cameron Catcheway of Skownan First Nation has accepted an award from the Province of Manitoba for Excellence in Sustainability in the category of Water and Natural Areas Stewardship. The community was nominated in recognition of their work toward the designation of Chitek Lake Anishinaabe Provincial Park and for their efforts toward the sustainability of the local fishery.
The province is moving ahead toward its commitment to create 10 new or expanded parks by 2020. The commitment is part of TomorrowNow, Manitoba’s Green Plan, which seeks to balance environmental protection with a thriving sustainable economy. The designation of Chitek Lake Provincial Park and the Walter Cook Caves Ecological Reserve move the measuring stick forward toward CPAWS’ goal of protecting 50% of our boreal regions from industrial developments to maintain ecological and economic stability as well as the forest carbon reserves that help to buffer against the impacts of climate change.