cover of Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage nomination document

Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Nomination

Pimachiowin Aki is 33,400 of boreal forest and home to five First Nations that, together with the provinces of Manitoba and Ontario, are leading the nomination of the area as a World Heritage Site. The nomination document, excluding its extensive appendices, is available online at

Cover page of keeping the land, a land-use strategy for the whitefeather forest

Keeping the Land: A Land Use Strategy for the Whitefeather Forest

Keeping the Land — Cheekahnahwaydahmungk Keetahkeemeenaan: A Land Use Strategy for the Whitefeather Forest, prepared by Pikangikum First Nation and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. This ground breaking land use strategy is the first community-based strategy approved in Ontario and was developed under the guidance of community elders.

aerial view of beaver dam near Fort McMurray

Beaver Dams without creeks

Elder Francis Orr of Fort McKay, explained how beavers build up their dams in the bush to reach their preferred foods, poplar and willow, even where there is no running water: in the spring, when the snow is melting, beaver will build a low dam to hold the spring runoff; for two more years, the…

brown bat sleeping under bean vines in the daytime

Little Brown Bat

In one of my plots in the Oakvale Green Community Gardens, pictured above, yardlong beans (Vigna unguiculata) grew very well in 2012 and formed a dense canopy over the small 4′ x 8′ plot. One morning i went to harvest beans and found a little brown bat resting, in underneath the bean canopy. At first…

zebra spider carrying off a robber fly

Zebra Spider takes down Robber Fly

In the summer of 2012 i grew cucumbers in a pot on my second-floor deck, with the vines being trained along a brick wall (the black landscaping fabric rolled up at the bottom of the image is for shading the vines on hot days, since the west facing wall can heat up too much for…

this is indian land

“Cultural Landscape” — is the term not redundant?

note: this was originally written for as a full pdf version with images. It’s too bad the term “cultural landscape” needs to be defined and defended. As an anthropologist (if the parenthetical style that follows is not enough to identify my disciplinal origins), i take it for granted that all land(scape)s, with the possible…