Pimachiowin Aki is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Thanks to the leadership of four Anishinaabe First Nations—Bloodvein River, Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi and Poplar River—UNESCO has designated Pimachiowin Aki a World Heritage Site in honour of its outstanding cultural and natural values.

The Anishinaabe people have called this vibrant stretch of boreal forest home for 6,000 years, and it lives up to its name, which means “the land that gives life.”

“This project is a testament to the dedication of the Pimachiowin Aki First Nations and their provincial partners,” said Valerie Courtois, Director of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative. It provides “an example of how Indigenous-led conservation gains can help Canada meet international targets for protecting biodiversity.”