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Manitoba Forest a Step Closer to World Heritage Designation – Winnipeg Free Press

by NationTalk on January 19, 2012467 Views

Manitoba forest a step closer to world heritage designation

By: Bruce Owen
Posted: 01/19/2012

A decade-long bid to get a huge slice of northern Manitoba designated a United Nations world heritage site will soon be in the hands of UN officials.

The nomination request for a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designation by four First Nations on the east side of the province was announced Wednesday by Premier Greg Selinger at the legislative building. The First Nations are Poplar River, Bloodvein, Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi and includes Pikangikum in northwestern Ontario.

“As you can imagine there’s been so much work to get to this stage, literally years of work and planning done by the First Nations communities,” Selinger told reporters. “It’s a significant milestone in the process we’re entered into.”

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