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The Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project, Canada

The Pimachiowin Aki is a proposed World Heritage site that covers 33400km2 in central Canada, on the border of Manitoba and Ontario. It is the home of the Anishinaabeg peoples, who are leading the nomination to promote recognition for their culture and the boreal forest, in order to protect their ancestral lands and resources whilst creating new livelihoods. They are supported by both the Government of Manitoba and the Government of Ontario, in a significant display of partnership and cooperation between First Nations and Provincial Governments. The proposal recognizes the importance of protecting the natural and cultural landscape, and the significance of First-Nation led stewardship of the land. The Proposal is still under consideration, and the Anishinaabe people of the area are optimistic for its outcome.