The traditional land-use of the Waterhen First Nation vis-a-vis a forest management plan

dc.contributor.authorStock, Karen S. E.en_US of Arts (M.A.)en_US
dc.description.abstractFor the first time in the history of the Waterhen First Nation a tradition land-use study has been undertaken. The objectives of this study were to define specifics and general character of the traditional land-use activities in the Waterhen Resource Area and to contrast traditional land-use with third party interests. The area is located in Manitoba's Interlake Region, 320 km northwest of Winnipeg. The Anishinaabe of the Waterhen First Nation use the transitional zone between the Aspen Parkland and the Boreal Forest for a significant part of their livelihood. The complex ecosystem and the traditional land-use make this area unique. Land-use data were collected through interviews resulting in map biographies illustrating hunting, fishing, trapping and gathering activities. The data were digitized into the Map II Map Processor - a raster-based Geographic Information System (GIS) for Macintosh computers. The data was transferred to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator for cartographic improvement of the maps. The thematic maps illustrate seasonal activities. The map 'All-Season Land-Use Areas' summarizes the activity areas as identified by the interviewees. Proposed large-scale forestry developments threaten the traditional land-use patterns. To exemplify the potential conflict between the interests of the First Nation and those of the logging company, the Waterhen Wood Bison Project has been selected. In 1991, a wild wood bison herd was established in Waterhen Resource Area. Implementation of the proposed forest management plans imperil the successful continuance of Manitoba's wild wood bison herd. The interests of the Wood Bison Project are critically juxtaposed to the Forest Management Plan that was proposed in 1989. Potential impacts on the forest and on moose and woodland caribou habitats are discussed. The study concludes that the traditional land-use activities of the people of the Waterhen First Nation are significant to their lives and well being. Therefore, the availability and access to the traditional resources are needed.en_US
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dc.titleThe traditional land-use of the Waterhen First Nation vis-a-vis a forest management planen_US
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