Pimachiowin Aki Nomination Sent to UNESCO

After five years of planning and research, our nomination to recognize a vast track of the boreal forest in Canada as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been completed. Our nomination is the first Canada has submitted based on both natural and cultural heritage values. The Pimachiowin Aki bid is built on the guidance and advice of Anishinaabe Elders whose ancestors have  lived on "the land that gives life" for thousands of years. 

The almost 300-page nomination document accompanied by over 30 research documents filled a box the size of a small filing cabinet. This nomination package was sent to UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. A 24-page summary of the nomination document has been prepared using both Ojibwe and English.

A Send Off Ceremony

Eric Courchene and the Sagkeeng Singers drum to the Pimachiowin Aki Song in a ceremony to send off the UNESCO nomination with everyone's best prayers and wishes.

Watch the ceremony.

The Box to UNESCO

The Pimachiowin Aki Board, staff and leaders from five First Nations proudly gather around the box sent to UNESCO that contained 4,000 pages of research and 6,000 years of First Nations history.