Province Organizes Boreal Forest Summit in Northern Manitoba

Province Organizes Boreal Forest Summit in Northern Manitoba

Manitoba's boreal forest and wetlands. (HANDOUT)
Manitoba’s boreal forest and wetlands. (HANDOUT)

The provincial government has organized a summit in northern Manitoba to talk about how best to make sure the province’s boreal forest stays healthy.

Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh said the forest contains wildlife, rivers, lakes and wetlands that have both local and international significance, so to that end, they brought together stakeholders and Indigenous communities to talk about it.

The summit is happening Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Opaskwayak Cree Nation, where participants are discussing how to gather information, coordinating future planning, policy and initiatives, looking at ways to collaborate for northern jobs and environmental health and protection.

“The development of a meaningful and effective strategy for the north must include First Nation perspectives,” said Chief Ron Evans, Norway House Cree Nation. “I am pleased to see the inclusion of Aboriginal and First Nation participants in this summit.”

— Staff