Friday, March 20, 2015

Canadian First Nations Seek to Protect Forest Homeland

February, 24, 2015.
Edwin Dobb, of National Geographic, has written an informative article about the recent efforts of several First Nations of Canda to preserve and protect their ancestral land and are part of the "truth and reconcilliation process" with Canada's government.

"But becoming part of a global campaign wasn't on the minds of Sophia Rabliauskas and other Poplar River leaders when they started trying to reclaim the place they simply call the "bush."

Their aim was as simple as it was bold—to become the guardians of their traditional territory. To that end they created a land management and conservation plan while recruiting their First Nations neighbors to join them in what has been a decades-long endeavor.

Eventually, in 2011, the provincial government relented, giving the Poplar River First Nation control over an area known as the Poplar/Nanowin Rivers Park Reserve.

The reserve, home to most of the band's 1,700 members, covers only 3,800 acres, but the Poplar River First Nation's historic territory stretches eastward from the lake almost to the Ontario border—about two million acres of lowland forest and bog, or muskeg, that the provincial government officially considered unoccupied as recently as the 1990s."

To read the full articleclick here.

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