First Nations woman appointed as spokesperson for Canadian boreal forest World Heritage Site project

Pimachiowin Aki, the organization working to designate part of the Canadian boreal forest a World Heritage Site, has appointed Sophia Rabliauskas, an internationally recognized First Nations woman, to be its spokesperson.

Rabliauskas (RA-BLOUS-KISS) won international acclaim in 2007 when she was one of only eight people worldwide to win the Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts to protect the boreal forest around her home in Poplar River First Nation, Manitoba. In 2008 she received the Province of Manitoba’s highest honour, inducted into the Manitoba Order for her work preserving the land in her Ojibwe community, 450 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

In her new role as Pimachiowin Aki spokesperson she will work with the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation, a non-profit group, to create a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the boreal forest, straddling the Manitoba-Ontario border. See press release.

Sophia Rabliauskas speaks with reporters about her role and the need to take care of the Pimachiowin Aki area, which means "the land that gives life."  See more videos.
In one of her first jobs as spokesperson Sophia Rabliauskas meets with students studying eco-tourism at a U of W summer camp. See more photos.