The Heart of the Boreal
Manitoba’s vast boreal forest is home to many Indigenous Nations who have stewarded this landscape for millennia. We are supporting their leadership to find solutions for sustainable resource management and lasting conservation results in this invaluable landscape.
Our Work in Manitoba
We work in partnership with Indigenous Nations to support Indigenous-led conservation and sustainable resource management. This includes: Indigenous Guardian program development; community-led land use planning; establishment of Indigenous protected areas; and youth-on-the-land programs.
We believe conservation must go hand-in-hand with building local economies, which is why we also support sustainable economic development that aligns with cultural values, and durable financing opportunities to fund stewardship in the long term. We also support initiatives that allow for collaboration and collective action among Indigenous nations as well as with other actors.
Moose Monitoring and Management
We’ve heard that moose declines are a big concern to Indigenous communities in this region, so we’ve been supporting the development of community-led solutions, such as moose monitoring programs. Learn More
Community-led Land-use Planning
We’ve supported a number of land-use planning training sessions so communities can lead their own processes, using a process that was developed with Indigenous nations in Australia. Learn More
Forestry Best Practices
We are committed to supporting best practices in the forestry sector. This includes robust engagement processes that respect indigenous rights and protection and management of cultural and ecological values along with timber values.
Bringing People Together
We believe in the value of people coming together to network, learn, and share, so we have held a number of gatherings on topics of interest to the communities we have been working with.
Stretching across northern Canada from the Yukon to Newfoundland and Labrador, the country’s boreal forest is the largest intact forest remaining on Earth. This vast, interconnected landscape provides habitat for billions of birds every spring, gives room for moose and herds of woodland caribou to roam, and stores 208 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide—the equivalent of 26 years of global carbon emissions. With deeply rooted connections to the land, Indigenous communities have stewarded the boreal for millennia. Manitoba is in the heart of the boreal.
Conserving forests like Canada’s Boreal is a win-win solution because we can help mitigate climate change while providing many other benefits to humans and nature, such as filtering water and providing habitat for an amazing diversity and abundance of animals and plants. Nature United works in the Boreal with Indigenous Nations, governments and industries to explore revenue opportunities for forest stewardship, such as carbon markets.
Manitoba Community Highlights
Theory of ChangeDOWNLOAD
Moose Monitoring SummaryDOWNLOAD
Moose Management GuideDOWNLOAD
Healthy Country PlanningDOWNLOAD
Healthy Country Planning Case StudyDOWNLOAD
Manitoba Conservation Values
High Conservation Values in Northwestern ManitobaDOWNLOAD