Last year, under Prime Minister Trudeau's predecessor, Stephen Harper, Canada finalized the creation of the 2.6 million-acre Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve in Newfoundland and Labrador. Final boundaries were also set in 2015 for a national park and an adjoining territorial park in the Thaidene Nene region of the Northwest Territories, which will protect an additional 6.4 million acres.
What does a billion acres of intact forest look like? It's a question worth considering. If you were to fly over Canada's immense boreal region -- a plane ride that would take most of a business day -- you could see the answer firsthand and enjoy scenery as splendid and diverse as the country itself.
By adopting new rules on the rights of Indigenous peoples within the World Heritage process--and by working to integrate the review of natural and cultural values in its evaluations--UNESCO has taken important steps in the right direction, which the people of Pimachiowin Aki hope will improve the ability of Indigenous peoples.