Debate over new national park reopened


Last updated 7/15/2017 at 10:55am

Rather than having a national park, First Nations leaders want an area model that would provide Indigenous protection for the area. They want to have greater control of harvesting rights.

LAKE WINNIPEG, MB-Over twelve years ago, the plan to create a national park including lowlands along the northwest shores of Lake Winnipeg were squashed by then Indigenous leader Ovide Mercredi. Now it is back having been resurrected from the grave but again it is creating a lot of debate and controversy.

The Canadian government included funding for it in this year's budget by indicating financial support for the 4,400-square-kilometre proposed park.

Supporters of the park say that it will protect the wetlands-a very unique ecosystem which also includes forests, beaches, sinkholes...

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