Pimachiowin Aki (Pim–MATCH–cho–win Ahh–KEY)) is part of the boreal forest that wraps around the globe , through North America, Asia and Europe. But for those of us who grew up in this traditional Ojibwe territory, the land is our home, given by the Creator in a sacred trust.
Geologists know this place as the land that was carved in the last ice age when moving glaciers scraped the surface and left behind the boreal shield, with its forest of black spruce, jack pine, and poplar. Biologists know this as home to one of the largest herds of Woodland caribou south of Hudson Bay. Thousands of other animals, birds and insects co-exist here. A lacework of rivers, streams, lakes, bogs and wetlands support numerous fish including sturgeon, walleye and lake trout. The forest is a healthy environment and continues to be shaped by fire, wind, insects and other forces of nature. Climate change scientists call the boreal forest "the lungs of the earth" for the way it turns carbon dioxide into oxygen.
Even though most of our Anishinaabe Elders have not travelled far from their homes they have been telling us for generations that this land is important to the world and we must keep the Creator’s trust and take care of it.