Province Announces Trust Fund Established to Support Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project

Government of Manitoba (Press Release) – Manitoba will contribute $10 million to establish a trust fund expected to be worth a minimum of $20 million in support of the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project, Premier Gary Doer announced today. “I commend our First Nations partners for their vision and leadership toward securing UNESCO World Heritage status for the unique place they call home east of Lake Winnipeg,” said Doer. “Today’s commitment will help ensure their efforts will result in a sustainable international attraction that benefits the people who live there.” The Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage project is an initiative led by the Poplar River, Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi and Pikangikum First Nations with support from the governments of Manitoba and Ontario. The group is currently preparing a bid to secure a UNESCO World Heritage designation for lands within a 40,000-square-kilometre area of pristine boreal forest in eastern Manitoba and western Ontario.

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