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
decided to defer the inscription of Pimachiowin Aki on UNESCO's World
Heritage List. The World Heritage Committee made this decision at its
annual meeting held in Cambodia.
"The Government of Canada is disappointed that the World Heritage
Committee has decided to defer the inscription of Pimachiowin Aki until
the future," said Minister Kent. "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. It is a nomination that
illustrates the connection between human society and the natural
environment around us. Unfortunately, at this year's meeting, the
Committee has concluded that the nomination does not yet satisfy all of
the necessary requirements for inscription on the World Heritage List."
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