There are few great forests left in the world. And even fewer where indigenous people have been taking care of the land for thousands of years. But such a rare place exists in the heart of Canada's boreal forest. In Ojibwe we call it Pimachiowin Aki (Pim–MATCH–cho–win Ahh–KEY) or "the land that gives life." Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) Elders teach us that the land provides fresh water, healthy food and clean air for many people near and far.
We have listened to the elders and are inspired by how they have been taking care of the land - long before any of us were born. First Nations communities and the Manitoba and Ontario provincial governments are working together in a unique partnership to look after the exceptional forest and the sacred culture that have existed together for centuries.
The Pimachiowin Aki Corporation, formed by the First Nations and provincial governments, is working to have 33,400 square kilometers of this boreal forest that straddles the Manitoba-Ontario border in Canada recognized as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. When a site achieves UNESCO recognition, it means the entire world agrees it is worthy of protection and is important enough to preserve for everyone. Pimachiowin Aki, “the land that gives life”, has the potential to be one of a very few sites recognized for both cultural and natural values.
The 260-page nomination for inscription of Pimachiowin Aki on the World Heritage List was transmitted to UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre in January 2015 and has since been forwarded to Advisory Bodies for evaluation.
Through the Anishinaabe cultural tradition of Ji-ganawendamang Gidakiiminaan (Keeping the Land), Pimachiowin Aki has been cared for over the millennia and will be carried forward as a gift to future generations.
Join in supporting our vision for Pimachiowin Aki--an ancient, enduring, and sustainable kinship between culture and nature. Please donate now to The Land that gives Life.