Islands of Lake Winnipegosis - new provincial parks?
Your voice is needed!
In alliance with Pine Creek, and Sapotaweyak Cree Nations, CPAWS and the Wilderness Committee are asking Manitobans to help get two new provincial parks established on Lake Winnipegosis, the 12th largest lake in Canada.
The eight islands that make up the Grand and Goose Islands park reserves on Lake Winnipegosis have been in interim protection for 16 years. The time for a decision about their future has finally come as the Manitoba government is asking citizens to comment on its proposal to permanently protect the islands as new provincial parks.
Comments are due by March 24th.
Indigenous people have an ancestral connection with these islands as they have used them for thousands of years for subsistence, cultural, and spiritual activities. Blessed with lush wetlands and mixed forests, they are important breeding grounds for many species of water birds as well as valuable habitat for moose, fox, coyote, and numerous songbirds.
Lake Winnipegosis is a significant ecological and economic resource for the region supporting both commercial (about 160 licensed fisherman in 2012) and recreational fishing, tourism and providing important ecological services. It is upstream from the western hemisphere’s first (and one of very few) certified sustainable freshwater fisheries on Waterhen Lake. Its waters eventually flow into Lake Winnipeg. Protecting lands that drain into Winnipegosis waters helps to ensure Lake Winnipeg can continue to support communities of people and wildlife. It's quick and easy to issue your support for these parks at the bottom of this page.
Join us in communicating your support for the permanent protection of these islands to help ensure they and their surrounding environment remain healthy for future generations of people and wildlife.