Manitoulin First Nations leaders prominent in ‘Biinaagami’ Great Lakes protection project
Manitoulin First Nations leaders prominent in ‘Biinaagami’ Great Lakes protection project

 By Lori Thompson  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter We have a great deal to lose if we don’t acknowledge our shared responsibility to protect and restore the Great Lakes. That’s the underlying premise of Biinaagami, a multi-year collaborative project undertaken by Canadian Geographic and Swim Drink Fish. The project was launched September 26 in Niagara on the Lake with a number of First Nations leaders from Manitoulin Island as key participants. Patrick Madahbee was brought in as advisor to the project and coordinated the launch event. Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare gave a perspective from the Chiefs of Ontario on the protection of water, raising a number of concerns including the burying of nuclear waste near water, and Line 5. Both are key to the protection of water, he said. Historians

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