The Pimachiowin Aki area’s pristine lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands provide food, water and medicines. It is invaluable to the health and wellbeing of the area’s ecosystem, its threatened wildlife and the people who care for the land.
The waterways are thriving with a bounty of fresh fish. In fact, fishing in The Land that Gives Life is valued at $35 million per year.
Its wetlands are also essential in helping filter the water flowing into Lake Winnipeg. Without them, the International Institute for Sustainable Development estimates it would cost approximately $32 million per year in additional wastewater treatment to remove the phosphorous and nitrogen.