In the northernmost reaches of Manitoba there is a pristine expanse of tundra, wetlands and forests as vast as Nova Scotia.
It is one of the last great wild places on our planet. Caribou and polar bears roam beneath massive flocks of birds near an estuary teeming with beluga whales.
There are no permanent roads. No mines. No logging interests. No industrial development of any kind.
Only one community is located in the 50,000 square kilometre watershed: the Sayisi Dene First Nation, which lies on the beautiful shores of Tadoule Lake and has a population of fewer than 400 people.
Sayisi Dene First Nation is leading an initiative to protect the entirety of the Seal River watershed from industrial activity in partnership with its Cree, Dene and Inuit neighbours.
Every aspect of our cultures, spirituality and identities are rooted in our relationship to the caribou and to the lands which sustain us.
Recognizing and supporting our management and stewardship of these lands would be an act of reconciliation for the forcible relocation of Sayisi Dene First Nation in 1956 along with the injustices of colonization and the legacy of residential schools which impacted all of our nations.
Support for the project is provided by two nonprofits: the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Indigenous Leadership Initiative.
Permanently protect the Seal River Watershed from industrial development as an Indigenous Protected Area.
We envision a pristine watershed where people, animals and fish are healthy, our unique languages and cultures are thriving, and there is hope and abundance for all future generations.
At over 50,000 square kilometers—an area the size of Nova Scotia—the Seal River watershed accounts for eight percent of Manitoba and 0.5 percent of Canada’s landmass.
The Seal River Watershed Alliance is seeking part-time Community Youth Representatives to develop grassroots support for the initiative.
Our Land. Our Voices. Our Future.
The Seal River Watershed Alliance is asking community members to share important land-use information so we can make sure that our work to protect our lands, waters and wildlife reflects the values and needs of our communities.