MMF Recognized by Government of Canada for its Community-based Monitoring of the Lake Winnipeg Basin
May 23, 2019
Today, the Government of Canada formally acknowledged the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) and its volunteers for their continued work monitoring the quality of Lake Winnipeg.
“We are very excited to play an integral role in watershed monitoring for the Lake Winnipeg Basin,” said John Parenteau, MMF Minister Responsible for Fisheries. “Protecting our water resources is of the utmost importance to the MMF as our Citizens and Harvesters are so reliant on them. It is our duty to protect and conserve our natural resources to ensure future generations are able to use them for traditional and cultural purposes.”
The efforts of MMF volunteers are part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to protecting Canada’s natural heritage, including the commitment to protect and restore the ecosystem health and water quality of freshwater resources.
Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, joined the MMF and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation to recognize and thank the volunteers who gather valuable scientific data in support of reducing nutrient loading to Lake Winnipeg. Mr. Duguid also highlighted $150,000 in funding for the Manitoba Métis Community-Based Monitoring Program. This project will engage Citizens and build capacity for collecting, analyzing and sharing scientific data and local knowledge. It will also increase awareness of water quality issues and help identify phosphorus hot spots to better focus nutrient-reducing actions to Lake Winnipeg.
The Manitoba Métis Community-Based Monitoring Program is also part of the ongoing work funded through the initial $3.8-million envelope from the Government of Canada and administered by the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program. This program supports local action to reduce nutrient pollution in Lake Winnipeg, fosters collaboration throughout the basin, and engages with all traditional stakeholders on freshwater issues.
For media information, please contact:
Manitoba Metis Federation
Al Foster – Director of Communications