Our Elders remind us that the Creator gave us this land to take care of for our children’s children and children around the world. We know the future we all share is deeply connected by simple things like fresh air – cleaned by the boreal forest every day. We see a future where our people and people from miles away can reconnect with a land that is healthy. We know the land can help heal First Nations people and can be a place for visitors to learn, relax and restore.

The vision for this healthy future was confirmed when First Nations came together in June 2002 to sign The Protected Areas and First Nations Stewardship: A Cooperative Relationship Accord. It incorporates the teachings and wisdom of the Elders and calls on us to work with others to preserve the land and the Anishinaabe culture. We recognize our shared work, between communities, governments and the larger society, is unique and internationally significant.

The next critical step to a strong future was for all of the First Nations Communities to develop land use plans that would set out how the traditional territories could be used in the future. At the same time we created the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation to develop our bid to become a UNESCO for a World Heritage Site .

The journey to a UNESCO WHS started with meetings with Elders and people in our First Nations communities and continued with hiring experts to help build our case. See more videos.
A traditional ceremony starts with smudging where young and old pull the smoke from smoldering sage over their head and body to cleanse the spirit. See more photos.