Lake Winnipeg

Pimachiowin Aki nominated area

"The Indigenous views of mother earth as a living, breathing, identity may help save Lake Winnipeg, the boreal forest, and ultimately, the entire planet. 

This is a current and critical subject of national and international importance. Lake Winnipeg, the Boreal Forest, global environment and the future of humanity are all ongoing matters of public interest and concern. Future media attention on these issues is almost certain. As the world teeters on the brink of environmental collapse, this story examines people who respect the indigenous worldview that the Earth is our mother, the rivers...

Manitoba Legislative

On December 1st, 2017, five LWIC representatives from four First Nations met with the Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development, Rob Olson, and his assistant, Jocelyn Baker. The First Nations in attendance were Norway House Cree Nation, Black River First Nation, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, and Pinaymootang First Nation. This meeting was requested following the CBC news article released on July 6th, 2017, describing the City of Winnipeg's wastewater effluent violations from the northend treatment plant, and the application by the city to ammend their license to allow for a rolling average on...

Minister McKenna, 2017

On July 24, LWIC elder William Abraham, offered an opening prayer in his traditional language before Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that the federal government will invest $25.7 million in the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program. This program will focus on three priorities, according to ECCC’s press release:

  • Reducing nutrient pollution
  • Enhancing collaboration to protect freshwater quality throughout the Lake Winnipeg basin
  • Strengthening collaborative-governance opportunities and supporting enhanced engagement of Indigenous peoples in addressing...

On March 23rd, 2017, LWIC launched its first video series. This four-video series features Norway House Cree Nation, Misipawistik Cree Nation, Fisher River Cree Nation, and Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. The series describes each First Nation and the traditional uses of their waters, the relationships they have with Lake Winnipeg, and the environmental challenges they face in the midst of resource development in the Lake Winnipeg Basin. 

This project was sponsored by the Department of Sport, Culture, and Heritage of the Manitoba Government

Over the past four decades Lake Winnipeg has been in decline as a result of nutrient loading, climate change, resource extraction, hydropower development, agriculture, and more recently, aquatic invasive species. These effects have had an impact on all those who live, work and play on the lake. The First Nations who are connected to Lake Winnipeg have a great deal of knowledge of the lake and have seen significant impact on their cultural, spiritual, social and economic well-being as a direct result of this environmental challenge. It has also been recognized that Indigenous voices are notably...

In celebration of World Water Day 2017, LWIC representatives gathered in Pinaymootang First Nation on March 22nd and 23rd to showcase the finalized LWIC video project. This project involved the creation of three 5-minute videos featuring three First Nations including Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Norway House Cree Nation, and Misipawistik Cree Nation. The videos highlight the relationship each First Nation has with the lake and describe the environmental challenges they are facing. LWIC has also finalized a participation handbook, outlining the roles, responsibilities, and benefits of...

Federal environmental regulatory review

In 2016, the Government of Canada began it's review of key federal environmental regulatory processes.This review was based on changes made in 2012 through the two key environmental regulations: the Fisheries Act, and the Navigation Protection Act. Two environmental regulatory processes were also reviewed including the National Energy Board and the Environmental Assessment process. LWIC participated by submitting parliamentary briefs on the two environmental regulations. LWIC's position on the Navigation Protection Act focused on restoring protections  to all lakes and rivers in Canada from...

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