OTTAWA, June 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's
Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today
commented on the news that the United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee has asked
Canada to refine the nomination proposal for the inscription of
Pimachiowin Aki on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The World Heritage
Committee made this decision today at its annual meeting in Cambodia.
"Canada nominated Pimachiowin Aki as a site of global cultural and
natural importance, where there is an indivisible relationship between
the First Nations who live there and the boreal forest landscape they
inhabit," said Minister Kent. "It is a nomination that illustrates the
connection between human society and the natural environment around us.
We are pleased that the Committee commended Canada, the First Nations
and other stakeholders involved in the project for our exemplary
efforts to develop a nomination that will protect, maintain and restore
the significant cultural and natural assets and values associated with
Pimachiowin Aki. At this year's meeting, the Committee has concluded
that the nomination is a strong candidate for inscription on the World
Heritage List and asked its expert advisors to work with Canada so that
the nomination can be considered for inscription at the Committee's
meeting next year."
Pimachiowin Aki is a cultural landscape where the Anishinaabeg people
have lived for thousands of years and where they have been proud and
careful stewards of the land. It is a huge protected area in Canada's
globally important boreal forest, where the rivers flow freely and such
iconic species as the wolf and the moose find vital habitat. At more
than 33,000 km2, Pimachiwoin Aki centres around the traditional territories of the
Bloodvein River, Little Grand Rapids, Paungassi, Pikangikum and Poplar
River First Nations along with Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and the
Eagle-Snowshoe Conservation Reserve in Ontario and Atikaki Provincial
Park in Manitoba.
The nomination process was spearheaded by the Pimachiowin Aki
Corporation, established through a partnership of the five First
Nations whose lands are included and two provincial governments.
Parks Canada has a mandate to protect and present nationally significant
examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage to Canadians, today
and in the future. Parks Canada is also the Government of Canada's
representative for the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. Eleven of
Canada's World Heritage Sites are areas managed by Parks Canada.
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment