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  • » PROVINCE ANNOUNCES TRUST FUND ESTABLISHED TO SUPPORT PIMACHIOWIN AKI WORLD HERITAGE PROJECT | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    World Heritage process said Pimachiowin Aki spokesperson Sophia Rabliauskas Today s announcement will strengthen our nomination document which must describe how the site will be managed including sources of funding It means we are one step closer to international recognition of the lands and waters that sustained our ancestors and are so important to people all over the world today a place we call Pimachiowin Aki in Anishinabe or the land that gives life In addition to funding the operation of the site through revenue earned by the trust fund a portion of the fund will be dedicated to providing direct benefits to local communities by supporting grassroots development projects Projects such as heritage interpretive centres cultural education and training programs culturally appropriate social services including traditional healing centres support programs for community artisans eco tourism initiatives and interpretive trails will all be given priority consideration Participating First Nations will take the lead role in all project funding decisions The trust fund will be administered and managed by the Winnipeg Foundation We are excited to be part of this ambitious and visionary initiative said Winnipeg Foundation CEO Rick Frost Building legacy funds for the future benefit of Manitoba is fundamental to our mission and we look forward to actively supporting the fund s development during the coming years 30 BACKGROUNDER PIMACHIOWIN AKI WORLD HERITAGE PROJECT The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO World Heritage Convention was established through an international effort to identify and protect sites of universally outstanding value so they would survive for the benefit of all humanity The list includes well known sites such as Pyramids of Giza the Great Barrier Reef the Taj Mahal and the Grand Canyon More information is available at whc unesco org The Pimachiowin Aki Pim MATCH cho win Ahh KEY Corporation is a non profit corporation comprised of four First Nations Poplar River Little Grand Rapids Pauingassi and Pikangikum Ont The Manitoba and Ontario governments are provincial partners with the corporation Pimachiowin Aki s goal is to achieve international recognition for lands that straddle the Manitoba Ontario border as a UNESCO World Heritage site The area under discussion falls within a 40 000 square kilometre area It includes the traditional territories of the Poplar River Little Grand Rapids Pauingassi and Pikangikum First Nations Atikaki Provincial Park in Manitoba and Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in Ontario The UNESCO project has already generated considerable international interest since the site would fill an identified gap in the world heritage site system of protected areas because it proposes an innovative approach to land management that combines traditional Anishinabe and Western scientific knowledge The site combines natural and cultural features It has exceptional ecological value with extensive undisturbed forests lakes and wetlands that reflect unique geological processes and represent critical habitat for several threatened or endangered species including woodland caribou bald eagles and wolverines The site also represents an outstanding example of traditional Aboriginal life based on a close and enduring relationship to the

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/293/province-announces-trust-fund-established-to-support-pimachiowin-aki-world-heritage-project (2016-02-09)
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  • » Six Quebec Aboriginal Organizations Receive a Contribution From the Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk Program | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    benefited from the various initiatives said Minister Prentice Over the last four years the Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk budget gave assistance to 333 projects for a total amount of 10 2 million dollars The project developed by the Mashteuiatsh community will document the traditional knowledge of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh on the wolverine and the woodland caribou and their habitats to enrich our scientific knowledge We are proud to contribute to protecting these species at risk within a perspective of sharing the millennial knowledge of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh said the community relations vice chief of the Conseil des Montagnais du Lac Saint Jean Mr Sebastien Kurtness There are two components to the Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk Program the Aboriginal Critical Habitat Protection Fund and the Aboriginal Capacity Building Fund The key objective of these funds is to encourage meaningful involvement of Aboriginal people and communities in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act http www sararegistry gc ca approach act default e cfm ABORIGINAL FUNDS FOR SPECIES AT RISK The federal government s Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk Program plays an important role in the recovery of species at risk that live on Aboriginal lands The purpose of this program is to promote the conservation and protection of Canada s biodiversity by supporting species recovery planning habitat protection and overall conservation and capacity building initiatives by Aboriginal people in Canada The key objective is to encourage meaningful involvement of Aboriginal people and communities in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act http www sararegistry gc ca approach act default e cfm Over the last five years the Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk Program has funded 333 projects for a total of 10 2 million dollars Among over 250 listed species at risk here are some of the species that have benefited from these initiatives The plains bison threatened the Vancouver Island marmot endangered and the mottled sculpin special concern in British Columbia The ferruginous hawk threatened and subspecies of the piping plover endangered in the Prairies The golden winged warbler threatened the Eastern area Fringed Orchid endangered and the lake sturgeon threatened in Ontario The woodland caribou threatened and the American ginseng endangered in Quebec and Blanding s turtle endangered the thread leaved sundew threatened and the North Atlantic right whale threatened in the Canadian zone of the Atlantic In 2009 2010 a total of 3 3 million dollars will be allocated to 105 projects More than 90 community organizations or groups encompassing the First Nations the Inuit and the Metis band councils organizations alliances between nations companies research centres and schools participate directly in the projects funded this year The Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk Program include two funds the Aboriginal Capacity Building Fund which supports Aboriginal organizations and communities across Canada in building capacity to enable their participation in the conservation and recovery of species at risk and the Aboriginal Critical Habitat Protection Fund which supports the recovery of species and protection

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  • » Selinger confirms commitment to east Manitoba UNESCO site | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    get it established as a UNESCO world heritage site Selinger said We will work with communities on the east side of Lake Winnipeg to build a plan to protect the forest while providing sustainable economic opportunities for the people who live there Selinger released the plan while meeting with members of the Manitoba Young New Democrats who are holding a leadership vote tonight at the University of Winnipeg Some 108 delegate spots at the Oct 17 leadership convention are up for grabs MYND members from outside the city were sent ballots by mail Those mail in votes will also be counted tonight Unlike the delegate selection process in constituencies the young New Democrats will vote directly for either Greg Selinger or Steve Ashton The leadership candidates will be able to choose youth delegates based on the percentage of the youth vote they receive Selinger said his economic development plan for the east side of Lake Winnipeg will include investments in eco tourism and training programs plus the development of an interpretive centre to give visitors information on the historic cultural and ecological significance of the boreal forest A spokesman for the campaign declined to say which community was being eyed

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/282/selinger-confirms-commitment-to-east-manitoba-unesco-site (2016-02-09)
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  • » Park Reserves Renewed | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    About the Project Contact Us This project was supported by a grant from The Winnipeg Foundation Home Park Reserves Renewed Comment on this Story Email This Story Park Reserves Renewed October 7th 2009 The Chitek Lake and Poplar Nanowin Rivers park reserves have received a five year extension of their protection from industrial developments A park reserve is an area placed in interim protection while a decision making process ensues to determine a permanent designation The park reserve process obligates the province to consult with local communities and receive input from industrial stakeholders and Manitoba citizens The province has been shamefully slow at moving park reserves processes forward Over the last decade we have witnessed the extension of the majority of Manitoba s park reserves deadlines due to the Manitoba government s failure to take the steps necessary to complete the job CPAWS encourages the province to deal with this issue by allocating the human and other resources required to establish protected areas in our wilderness regions For more detail and maps of the Chitek Lake and Poplar Nanowin Rivers park reserves please visit http www gov mb ca conservation parks public consult index html Be Sociable Share Tweet You

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/280/park-reserves-renewed (2016-02-09)
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  • » Fisher River Cree Nation Wins Tourism Award | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    Award Comment on this Story Email This Story Fisher River Cree Nation Wins Tourism Award October 5th 2009 Source Cpaws Manitoba Fisher River Cree Nation a community working with CPAWS to establish a Fisher Bay provincial park around the south basin of Lake Winnipeg won a tourism award today for the Leigh Cochrane Memorial Visitors Centre The Visitors Centre is proposed to serve as the hub for the candidate park At the Interlake Tourism Awards ceremony today Wayne Copet of Travel Manitoba spoke highly of Fisher River s Visitors Centre Sometime in life projects start as one thing and somewhere along the path they verve sharply said Wayne This is the case for the Leigh Cochrane Memorial Visitors Centre that started as a project to teach some Fisher River Cree Nation residents how to build log cabins Now it s a site for country music acts such as Charlie Major Marty Stuart and Johnny Reid When you have kids booking their acts for next year you know you have a product that works The Leigh Cochrane Memorial Visitors Centre run by Fisher River s Ochekwi sipi Economic Development Corporation received the Product Development award for a business or organization that

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/273/fisher-river-cree-nation-wins-tourism-award (2016-02-09)
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  • » Canada’s North unprepared to deal with climate change threats; report » E-Mail | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    Sleeping Giant An Interview with Liz Esquega Thomas Beaudry View all stories The Project About the Project Contact Us This project was supported by a grant from The Winnipeg Foundation E Mail Canada s North unprepared to deal with climate change threats report To A Friend Email a copy of Canada s North unprepared to deal with climate change threats report to a friend Required Field Your Name Your E

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  • » In the News | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    and the internationally recognized right of free prior and informed consent This has not been addressed by the proposed changes Minister Gravelle introduced on April 30 2009 The Supreme Court of Canada has said that consultation and accommodation have to be meaningful How can they be meaningful if we don t have the right to say NO to mining that will impact our lives and culture says Grand Chief Stan Louttit of the Mushkegowuk Council The Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments MANITOBA INCREASES SUPPORT FOR PIMACHIOWIN AKI WORLD HERITAGE PROJECT ON EAST SIDE OF LAKE WINNIPEG New Resources to Support Traditional Lands Planning Nomination Document Struthers Source Manitoba Government News Release Manitoba is providing 531 000 in additional new financial and staffing support in 2009 10 for traditional lands planning and a UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination for the east side of Lake Winnipeg Conservation Minister Stan Struthers announced today As First Nations pursue their bid for a world heritage designation in eastern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario the province will increase support for their efforts with investments in traditional lands planning said Struthers The minister noted the Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi First Nations will receive priority attention as their land use plans will be an essential component of the nomination document for the UNESCO world heritage designation The minister notes this investment includes a 30 per cent increase in grant funding for the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation to prepare the nomination document and video Manitoba Conservation funding in 2009 10 will increase by 80 000 Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments PROVINCE TREATY ONE FIRST NATIONS SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING TO STRENGTHEN WORKING RELATIONSHIP Source Manitoba Government News Release A memorandum of understanding to further improve the working relationship between First Nations and the Province of Manitoba was signed today by Culture Heritage Tourism and Sport Minister Eric Robinson acting Aboriginal and northern affairs minister Conservation Minister Stan Struthers and Treaty One chiefs We welcome the opportunity to have a more productive working relationship with the Treaty One First Nations and this agreement signifies the movement toward developing a government to government relationship said Robinson Treaty One has a number of issues to address with the province and this document helps create the forum for discussions This agreement will further improve and strengthen the work done by the First Nations and the provincial government on treaty rights and provides the opportunity for greater clarity and understanding said Struthers As well existing levels of treaty knowledge in the provincial government will be enhanced through this initiative The Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments Language challenge for Cree Nation Norway House sets goal for 2020 By Aldo Santin Winnipeg Free Press MARCEL Balfour is challenging the 5 500 residents of Norway House Cree Nation to become proficient in Cree by the year 2020 Balfour chief of Norway House persuaded the

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/category/news/page/13 (2016-02-09)
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  • » CPAWS Asks Premier Doer to “Make Forests Count” at Global Climate Change Summit | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    its Climate Change Strategy As the Boreal s forests and wetlands are the largest terrestrial storehouse of carbon on the planet it s shocking the province has yet to include large scale Boreal protection from industrial developments as part of its Climate Strategy Canada s Boreal stores more than 186 billion tons of carbon 27 years worth of global carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels But when the Boreal Forest is developed or logged its ability to absorb and store carbon is lost or reduced which degrades its ability to help moderate our climate Large scale protection of Manitoba s Boreal Region is a vital key to taking our foot off the global warming accelerator said Ron Thiessen Executive Director of the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society The Canadian Parks and Wilderness society is asking the Manitoba government to include the following in its Climate Change Action Plan Protect more than 50 of Manitoba s Boreal forests and wetlands from industrial developments Account fully for the carbon lost by cutting forests and destroying wetlands For more information please contact Ron Thiessen at 204 794 4971 Manitoba government press release below 30 Manitoba News Release October 1 2009 DOER TO ATTEND GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT Premier Gary Doer is joining Quebec Premier Jean Charest British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams and other leaders from around the world at the Governors Global Climate Summit 2 On the Road to Copenhagen which continues today and tomorrow in Los Angeles Co hosted by seven U S governors including California Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger and New York Gov David Paterson the summit includes a panel discussion on national and sub national co operation featuring Doer Wisconsin Gov Jim Doyle Nancy Sutley chair of the White

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/267/cpaws-asks-premier-doer-to-make-forests-count (2016-02-09)
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