For the First Nations people who have lived for thousands of years on
the Eastside of Lake Winnipeg this is the place where the Creator sits
– Manidoo Abi.
The intent of Landscapes from Manidoo Abi is to capture for the first
time ever the timeless beauty of the land and waterways on the Eastside
of Lake Winnipeg and share these stunning colour photograph images with
the rest of the world, and to broadly promote the area, as stated by
UNESCO, “as an outstanding example of the Canadian Boreal Shield both
geographically and culturally.”
There are three components to this initiative that are designed to
fulfill the stated intent. The first is the creation of a website.
Secondly, is the production of a limited edition 11 x 12 inch hard
cover coffee table book and finally, a Gala Exhibit will held in
Winnipeg in September of 2008 to showcase the best of the landscape
Formed by the laws of nature some 2 billion years ago, and commonly
known as the Canadian Shield, the land on the Eastside of Lake Winnipeg
is covered over by coniferous forest, ponds, bogs, and wild rice
marshes, laced with tumbling rivers, and tied together by multitude of
lakes, eventually draining into Canada’s sixth largest water body –
This region also provides one of the largest protected habitats for the
threatened woodland caribou in Manitoba, which share the forests,
wetlands and waterways with other wildlife typical of the boreal forest
such as; snowshoe hares, marten, lynx, moose, wolves, fishers, black
bears, and wolverines, while bald eagles watch from their lofty
So unique is this area, that a 4.3 million hectare region on the
Esatside of Lake Winnipeg has been short-listed by the government of
Canada for nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For more information please visit www.manidooabi.org and view a
slideshow of images taken for the limited edition coffee table book or
to learn more about this unique initiative.