News Release March 20, 2015: New Indigenous Voice for Lake Winnipeg Emerges!
As a follow up from the First Nations' Gathering for Lake Winnipeg, the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective, a group of First Nation Champions that came together at the Gathering, have announced themselves in a news release to coincide with World Water Day. Read more below.
First Nations' Gathering for Lake Winnipeg
Lake Winnipeg is a cherished place for activities like fishing, paddle boarding and canoeing. But right now, the lake is in a precarious position due to pollution, toxic blooms of algae and invasive species. If these challenges aren’t addressed quickly, the future of the world’s tenth largest lake is in peril.
Governments and environmental organizations are coming together to tackle these issues, but right now a key piece is missing — the voices of local First Nations. First Nations have lived on this lake for millennia and continue to rely on it for their way of life. These voices are essential to saving the lake.
Gordon Bluesky, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Lands and Resources Manager, identified a need for the First Nations on Lake Winnipeg to come together and identify common areas of concerns and ways to work together to save the Lake. As a result, CIER worked with the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, Gordon Bluesky, Chair of the National Aboriginal Land Manager's Association and Mountain Equipment Co-op to host a gathering for First Nations that live on Lake Winnipeg. The Gathering:
Funding for the Gathering and work on this important initiative was generously provided by: Lake Winnipeg Foundation, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Manitoba Hydro, Mountain Equipment Co-op, The Winnipeg Foundation, and Tides Canada Foundation - Boreal Conservation Fund.
By signing up today, you’re showing your support and interest in bolstering the First Nations’ role in saving Lake Winnipeg. A strong First Nations voice benefits all of us who care about Lake Winnipeg. Once you sign up, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on how you can help!