When the World Heritage Committee completed their 11-day meeting in Manama, Bahrain, they added a total of 19 sites onto their World Heritage List.
The list inscribes places around the world that are considered to have special cultural or physical significance and currently includes 1092 sites in 167 different countries. Sites can be inducted onto the list for having exceptional cultural status, natural status, or both.
Pimachiowin Aki, which means “The Land That Lives Life”, forms part of the ancestral home of the Anishinaabeg, an indigenous group of people who make their living from fishing, hunting, and gathering.
The site also encompasses the traditional lands of four different communities: Bloodvein River, Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi, and Poplar River. Its official induction took place on Sunday, July 1.
The boreal forest joins a list of 18 other Canadian sites, including the historic district of Old Quebec, the Rideau Canal, and the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, among others.
Pimachiowin Aki also joins a renowned list of sites around the world including the Great Barrier Reef, the Galapagos Islands, and the Serengeti National Park.