David Suzuki Backs Push to Designate Forest an UNESCO Site

Renowned environmental activist David Suzuki was in Winnipeg on Friday to discuss the proposed designation of Manitoba’s boreal forest as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Suzuki was scheduled to attend a tour of the boreal forest on the east side of Lake Winnipeg on Thursday, but couldn’t make it due to illness. More than a dozen guests from across Canada and the United States made the trip, which was co-hosted by Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger.

Guests spent two days this week engaging with members of Pimachiowin Aki Corp., which has spearheaded a multi-year fundraising campaign to garner attentions from national and international leaders of the importance of the UNESCO designation.

On Thursday, the Bloodvein River First Nation played host, where the dignitaries and others invited took a float plane tour over Atikaki Provincial Wilderness Park. On Friday, they toured the park by boat and helicopter before returning to Winnipeg.

“This visit was a tremendous opportunity to showcase the last forest of its kind left in the world,” Premier Greg Selinger said. “Our guests were quick to remind us of how lucky we are in Manitoba to have such an incredible unspoiled landscape right here in our own backyard.”

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