LWIC Gathers in Poplar River First Nation
On January 29th-31st, 2018, LWIC representatives gathered in Poplar River First Nation. At this gathering, LWIC planned projects and priority actions for 2018, toured the community, heard from Elder Able Bruce on the changes to Lake Winnipeg over the years, and participated in ceremony. At this gathering, LWIC also strengthed its governance by approving an internal communications policy.
The priority actions that arose from this gathering and that will be the focus of 2018-2019 include:
- Creating posters to increase education awareness of the sacredness of Lake Winnipeg
- Develop a community-based monitoring program to monitor the health of Lake Winnipeg and its tributaries
- Hosting a treaty law seminar on the rights to waters for First Nations
- Hosting a second youth gathering to bring First Nations youth together to learn about the importance of Lake Winnipeg and the benefits it provides to communities
- Increasing representation with tribal councils and First Nations chief and council to increase widespread support for LWIC's work
- Continuation of the LWIC video series in other communities
Finally, LWIC would like to thank the members of Poplar River First Nation for their hospitality during this gathering. We look forward to returning to this beautiful community.