Agnieszka Pawlowska-Mainville

University of Northern British Columbia
This presentation will elaborate on the northern Manitoba community of Asatiwisipe Anishinaabeg and their attempt to protect their traditional territory.  For the past decade, this fly-in community collaborated with neighbouring First Nations to establish the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site called Pimachiowin Aki, ‘the land that gives life in Anishinaabemowin. The 29 000km2 site was designated an area of ‘outstanding universal value’ in June 2018 and Anishinaabeg customary governance is the mechanism ensuring the ecological integrity of the area. With the hope that lessons can be learned within the BC context, this presentation will illustrate some of the challenges and successes this community experienced as part of this First Nation-led protective area endeavour.