Winnipeg Free Press
Heidi Cook's late grandfather, a Cree trapper and hunter, cherished the limestone caves that are home to little brown bats near Grand Rapids in northern Manitoba.
He helped the province understand the significance of the area and helped pave the way for a proposal in which the Cree and the Manitoba government would share management of the caves, the bats and the land around the unique collection of natural subterranean caverns.
A delegation of three aboriginal Australians met with experts, including traditional aboriginal elders and land managers, in Winnipeg early this month to talk about how they manage part of the Outback.
The group also stopped in Vancouver, Yellowknife, N.W.T., and Ottawa as part of a Canadian tour sponsored by the American-based Pew Environment Group.
Read the full article, Today's Aboriginal Elders are Forging an Environmental Future, on the Winnipeg Free Press website.