Manitoba Government introduces land-use legislation that supports UNESCO World Heritage Bid

In December 2008 the Manitoba government introduced a new act believed to be the first of its kind in Canada. The legislation would allow First Nations on the east side of Lake Winnipeg to play a major role in ensuring better protection, management and development of their traditional lands. The act would support a bid by Pimachiowin Aki Corp. to have a vast track of Manitoba-Ontario boreal forest declared a World Heritage Site.

When the legislation was passed in June 2009 then Conservation Minister Stan Struthers said, “Under this new legislation, east side communities now have the option of using this legal tool to plan their traditional lands and to protect lands that have significant cultural and environmental value.” See December 2008 press release, the passing of the legislation in June 2009 and the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritge Fund Act.

Pimachiowin Aki spokesperson Sophia Rabliauskas explains how the proposed legislation supports the UNESCO bid as Elder Ed Wood, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers and Poplar River Chief Russell Lambert listen. See more videos.
“This legislation and the land-use plans that will come out of it will give the people who are judging our world heritage site nomination a greater sense of how the land will be used and managed in the future,” said Sophia Rabliauskas, Pimachiowin Aki spokesperson. See more photos.