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Author:  Barbara [ January 22nd, 2012, 9:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Manitoba-Ontario UNESCO bid heads to Paris

The bid to have a vast wilderness area deemed a UNESCO world heritage site is heading to Paris.

The Pimachiowin Aki Corporation — a partnership between five First Nations and the governments of Manitoba and Ontario — has been working for five years to prepare its application to get the esteemed designation.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger announced on Wednesday that the 4,000-page proposal is complete and will be submitted to the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Centre in Paris by Jan. 27.

If the bid is successful, the region would join other UNESCO world heritage sites such as Egypt's Pyramids of Giza, India's Taj Mahal, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Arizona's Grand Canyon and Canada's Banff National Park.

A decision is expected in 18 months.

The Pimachiowin Aki — Ojibway for "the land that gives life" — site is 33,4000 square kilometres of boreal forest, rivers, lakes and wetlands spread across the Canadian Shield and straddling the Manitoba-Ontario border.

It includes Atikaki Provincial Park in Manitoba and Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in Ontario. The First Nations involved are Poplar River, Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi, Pikangikum and Bloodvein River.

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