Manitoba protects First Nation’s territory
CBC News, 16 June 2011

MANITOBA, CANADA: More than 8,000 square kilometres of boreal forest and wetlands on the east side of Lake Winnipeg have been designated as protected territory of the Poplar River First Nation, the government of Manitoba in Canada has announced. The First Nation, located approximately 400 kilometres north of Winnipeg on the east side of Lake Winnipeg, is the first community in Manitoba to proceed with land-use planning and submit a management plan for approval under the East Side Traditional Lands Planning and Special Protected Areas Act. The province has legally designated the planning area and approved the community’s plan, ensuring the Poplar River First Nation assumes a significant role in developing and implementing strategies for the use, management and sustainable development of the First Nation’s traditional area. “The Asatiwisipe Aki Management Plan protects the traditional land [of the Poplar River Anishinabek] from industrial developments, sustaining natural ecological processes for present and future generations,” Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson said. The plan incorporates traditional knowledge, elders’ oral histories, traditional land and resource uses, and mapping and scientific data relating to climate, geology, vegetation, fish and wildlife. The rights of First Nations and aboriginal communities to access the area for hunting, fishing, trapping and other traditional pursuits will be respected and continue. Poplar River’s land management plan will be part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site bid that will be formally submitted in 2012. Read the article …