Pimachiowin Aki, “the land that gives life”, is part of the largest stretch of intact boreal forest on earth, comprising a unique and productive chain of inter-connected habitats. Boreal forests are crucial to the survival of the human race because its trees serve as “the lungs of the earth”— filtering greenhouse gases and storing carbon.

Elsewhere, much of the boreal forest has been changed by human activities.

But not here. Here, the land has hardly changed at all; which is why its people are striving to keep it that way. There are no written descriptions of ancient forests, so that is why Pimachiowin Aki – virtually unchanged for thousands of years – holds an important key to our future. Your support will help protect the land, ensuring this boreal forest’s true value will be recognized for generations to come, and that others can share in its importance.

"We are in the land and the land is us.” The people of the four First Nations are deeply committed to respecting where they live, protecting and preserving its geography and wildlife while honouring their centuries-old Anishinabe values. The people have co-existed here for thousands of years with the land and your support will help preserve their ancient history as well as their vision for the future.

Pimachiowin Aki’s Endowment Fund held at The Winnipeg Foundation supports the ongoing operations of Pimachiowin Aki. The Fund also supports grassroots community projects, such as interpretive programs, cultural education, training and capacity building, scientific knowledge and community services. The Fund’s long-term vision is to provide a strong financial foundation to safeguard and celebrate the area’s cultural and natural values – which is the basis of the UNESCO nomination.