After five years of planning and research, our nomination to recognize a vast track of the boreal forest in Canada as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been completed. Our nomination is the first Canada has submitted based on both natural and cultural heritage values. The Pimachiowin Aki bid is built on the guidance and advice of Anishinaabe Elders whose ancestors have lived on "the land that gives life" for thousands of years.
The almost 300-page nomination document accompanied by over 30 research documents filled a box the size of a small filing cabinet. This nomination package was sent to UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. A 24-page summary of the nomination document has been prepared using both Ojibwe and English.