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Trust Fund for East Side of Lake Winnipeg


In his last major announcement as Premier of Manitoba, Gary Doer launched a 10 million dollar trust fund to support the quest for a 40,000 square kilometer World Heritage Site on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. The east side of Lake Winnipeg is the heart of the world’s largest intact section of Boreal Forest.

According to the Manitoba government press release, the Trust Fund will demonstrate that “there is financial and public support for the site, will generate revenue for operation of the site and will create jobs and opportunities for First Nation communities by funding community-driven projects related to the site.”
 
"This is a great day for everyone who has and continues to work so hard to protect and promote our traditional territories through the UNESCO World Heritage process," said Pimachiowin Aki spokesperson Sophia Rabliauskas.

"Today\'s announcement will strengthen our nomination document which must describe how the site will be managed including sources of funding. It means we are one step closer to international recognition of the lands and waters that sustained our ancestors and are so important to people all over the world today – a place we call Pimachiowin Aki in Anishinabe, or the land that gives life."

CPAWS congratulates the First Nations involved for their tremendous leadership as well as the Manitoba government for its support of the World Heritage Site project. CPAWS is delighted as we have long pressed for increased funding for “conservation and communities first” planning and opportunities on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.

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Contact:
Ron Thiessen
Executive Director
CPAWS Manitoba
204 949 0782
www.cpawsmb.org