green and yellow trees on the shore of a lake
Boreal Boreal © Michael Pietrocarlo

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.

  • A moose munches on snowy branches in Calgary AB

    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

  • Nature United staff, consultants and First Nation representatives discuss Healthy Country Planning during a workshop in May 2019 at Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba.

    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

  • at The Pas, Manitoba

    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.

  • Elders and youth from the Misipawistik Cree Nation gathered on the shore of Lake Winnipeg, near Grand Rapids, Manitoba.

    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.


  • Considerations and Recommendations
for Initiating Indigenous-led Moose Monitoring and Research

    Moose Monitoring Summary

    Recommendations for initiating Indigenous-led Moose Monitoring and Research

  • Resulting from the December 2019 workshop hosted by Nature United and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.

    Moose Management Guide

    Resulting from the December 2019 workshop hosted by Nature United and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation

  • An overview of the Indigenous-led land-use planning process

    Healthy Country Planning

    An overview of the community-led land-use planning process

  • A case study of the Healthy Country Planning process

    Healthy Country Planning Case Study

    A case study showing how Healthy Country Planning helped revitalize fire culture in the Yurok, Hoopa and Karuk tribes.

  • Report produced for Nature United - Assessment of High Conservation Values in Northwestern Manitoba

    Manitoba Conservation Values

    High Conservation Values in Northwestern Manitoba

    Report produced for Nature United showing high conservation values in Northwestern Manitoba.

fall leaves on a forest floor
Fall Leaves Canada's boreal is rich with color and life in fall. © Michael Pietrocarlo