Public comments on Bloodvein River First Nation's proposed Pimitotah Management Plan are being requested.
The proposed Pimitotah traditional planning area regulation describes boundaries of the proposed 3,482 square kilometre area and acknowledges the proposed management plan that would apply to the Pimitoah lands. In addition to establishing a new permanent protected area, the plan proposes community-resource and commercial-development zones.
A public open-house about the proposed planning area regulation and management plan was held July 8th, 2011 in Winnipeg. The open-house revealed that additional changes to the original plan survey map will be made: additional sacred shoreline archeological sites areas on or near the shore are now identified for protection, and land use classification will be changed from commercial to local community resource use for another zone.
The proposed Pimitotah traditional land-use area is the second First Nation lands plan to be reviewed by regulation under Manitoba's East Side Traditional Lands Planning and Special Protected Areas Act - the Poplar River First Nation Asatiwisipe Aki Management Plan was the first plan approved under the Act, in June 2011.
Poplar River's and Bloodvein's protected traditional areas will be part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site bid that goes to Canada for review in 2011, to be formally submitted in 2012 to UNESCO. Five Ontario and Manitoba First Nations entered into an accord for the future of their neighbouring lands in 2002. The accord indicates that world heritage site listing would be investigated by the communities.
More information, including comment sheets, can be found on Manitoba Conservation's website. The public has until August 23, 2011 to submit their comments.
View Manitoba Conservation, Land Programs "Public Registry"
View Proposed Regulation (PDF)
View Proposed Management Plan (PDF)
View Comment Sheet (PDF)
View June 28, 2011 Manitoba Government press release
View June 28, 2011 Winnipeg Free Press article
View Manitoba Wildlands Protected Areas/Parks Reviews page
Government of Manitoba