The largest ‘mixed’ cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage site in North America
Part of the largest stretch of untouched boreal wilderness left on earth
Pimachiowin Aki is home to millions of trees, hundreds of lakes, rivers and wetlands, over a thousand plant and animal species, and an ancient living culture that thrives today.
Pim MATCH – o win – a KEHThe Land that Gives Life
Cared for by the Anishinaabeg for over 7,000 years
The Anishinaabeg live as one with Pimachiowin Aki, using ancient conservation practices to keep the land it in its purest form for all generations.
Ji-ganawendamang GidakiiminaanKeeping the Land
The Creator has given us the responsibility to protect and care for the lands on which we were placed.
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Great spirit moon
The Great Spirit Moon soars high in the winter sky, representing a new beginning of life for all. At this sacred time of year, we welcome the Great Spirit into our lives. It is also known as kissy month as we greet friends and neighbours, and wish each other a happy New Year.
Moon with short light
The daylight hours grow shorter. Red sucker fish migrate from their winter habitats to shallow streams where they will spawn. It is said that this fish gives up its life for the people during this time of year.
The bald eagle returns to the North.
As Canada Geese return to the North, their V-formations mark the sky with a sure sign of spring. Along with their honks, we begin to hear the low croaking and calling of frogs.
Ice break-up moon
The ice breaks up on lakes and rivers, allowing moose to enter the waters—moose cows will swim across lakes and swamps to nearby islands where they will give birth and keep their calves safe from predators.
Flowers, leaves and medicines are given life and begin to bloom.
Hatching egg moon
Geese eggs start to hatch, and soon parents will lead their goslings to water for safety.
Wild blueberries emerge and grow ripe enough for picking. During this moon, many crops are ready for harvesting, including raspberries, chokecherries and sagewort.
Wild rice starts ripening on the shorelines. This is a season of harvesting and a way of life.
Leaves changing colour moon
At this time of the year, the trees paint the horizon with brilliant hues of red, orange and yellow. The fall crops are ready for harvest. One must avoid watching the Vs of geese flying south or it will be a long and hard winter.
Falling leaves moon
The beautiful colours of fall make their offerings with falling leaves. Anishinaabeg collect medicines and firewood to prepare for winter.
Lakes, rivers and waterways begin to freeze, a signal that it is time to harvest moose, ducks, geese and beaver in preparation for winter.
Little spirit moon
This is a time of healing, for making efforts to walk a good path, and for sharing positive energy with family and community.