WINNIPEG – A piece of boreal forest that lies in Manitoba and Ontario still hasn’t earned a special label.
For years, a group has been trying to get it named as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Now comes word of two setbacks.
Today, in Turkey, the committee decided to ‘refer’ the bid, in a meeting that was delayed by the coup attempt there.
That doesn’t mean the land known as Pimachiowin Aki won’t get the designation, it just means the local committee has to submit more information within the next three years.
Before the session finally got underway today in Istanbul, the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation also learned one of its members, the Pikangikum First Nation, had withdrawn its support of the bid.
Gord Jones, the project manager of the effort tells 680 CJOB they’re not giving up.
“It’s very important to the local communities who are committed to stay with it. Again, based on what we heard at the world heritage committee this morning, this project is important to the world,” said Jones.
He watched the livestream of the decision in Turkey and was pleased that no less than seven countries felt the nomination should be brought back very soon.