Pimachiowin Aki spokesperson receives double honours

 WINNIPEG—Wednesday, June 6 2012 Sophia Rabliauskas of Poplar River First Nations is in Toronto today to pick up a national award for her extensive work protecting the boreal forest as the spokesperson for the Pimachiowin Aki UNESCO World Heritage Site Project and as an advocate for the protection of traditional territories around her own community of Poplar River First Nations in Manitoba. Earth Day Canada, a national environmental charity will present Rabliauskas with their Outstanding Commitment to the Environment Award today. In Winnipeg on June 14th Rabliauskas will receive the Oscar Lathlin Memorial Award at the Keep the Fires Burning Ceremony that recognizes and celebrates the important contributions that First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Elder women have made in the protection, preservation and promotion of First Peoples’ cultures. Donations to honour Sophia's Award can be made to the Pimachiowin Aki Fund

Sophia Rabliauskas (seated centre) sits with Pimachiowin Aki Co-Chairs Alex Peters (left) and Bruce Bremner (right). Immediately beside her is Project Manager Gord Jones. They are joined by the board of directors and leaders and the box of materials prepared for the UNESCO bid.
"We do the work we do for the children here and around the world. Our Elders have taught us that The Creator gave us this land and we have the responsibility to take care of it for future generations," Sophia Rabliauskas.