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Week of February 5, 2023

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Mantario Cabin Ski Trip

Mantario Cabin Ski Trip

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Event Date: 

February 4, 2023 to February 6, 2023

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Contact / Registration: 

Katrina Froese,

Update: This trip is full.

Join Katrina Froese for a cross-country ski trip to Mantario cabin - for experienced backcountry adventurers. This trip is rated as advanced, requiring you to have the gear and fitness to ski 22km to Mantario Cabin in the Whiteshell’s Mantario Wilderness Zone, across open lakes and portages. We will spend 2 nights at the cabin, skiing out Saturday, spending Sunday exploring nearby wilderness, using the sauna and enjoying the cabin, and skiing back on Monday.

This trip will be cancelled in case of extreme weather.

Cabin Fees (per night): $20 Nature Manitoba member, $35 non-member, $15 student

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Before 1am
Developing sustainable co-culture of wild rice and fish farming with indigenous communities

Developing sustainable co-culture of wild rice and fish farming with indigenous communities


Vince Palace, Head Research Scientist (IISD – Experimental Lakes Area) and Aquatic Toxicologist


Monday, February 6, 2023

Start Time: 

7:30 pm


Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre (Pauline-Boutal Theatre), 340 Provencher Blvd


$5 for members (non-member rate $10)

IISD-ELA is undertaking a multi-year research project that will study changes to water quality and fish and aquatic ecosystem health associated with co-culture of fish and wild rice. The general goal of the proposed 5-year project is to evaluate the capacity for wild rice to bioremediate aquaculture waste products (including liquid and solid wastes) and determine what beneficial effects the plants can receive from this treatment in terms of growth/nutrient composition.

This project is a collaborative venture with the Myera group and Indigenous communities (refers to both Metis and First Nations). Myera will mange the project with an overall goal to improve the economies of Indigenous communities by helping them to develop fish aquaculture and use the waste produced from this activity to fertilize cultivated wild rice grown in flooded paddies on land. Canada currently imports 50% of its wild rice from the US, most of which is grown in flooded paddies, a technique not used in Canada. Because the use of fish waste as fertilizer can potentially impact water quality and ecosystem health in downstream waters receiving runoff from the flooded paddies, research is needed to carefully couple the volume of applied fish waste, and its nutrient content, to the area of cultivated wild rice. IISD-ELA will work with Myera, Lakehead University, and Indigenous communities to develop and implement community-based water quality monitoring and to assess the health of resident fish and the quality of aquatic habitat using non-lethal and minimally invasive methods. Specifically, genetic markers of fish health will be developed using fish mucus and aquatic ecosystem health will be examined using environmental DNA and RNA (eDNA/RNA).

This research will allow sustainable practices to be established for the co-culture of fish and wild rice by Indigenous communities. The research also enhances IISD-ELA's ability to assess fish health non-lethally and strengthens our relationships with Northern Ontario Indigenous communities. This project builds on the principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAP) as the first of many building blocks of Indigenous inclusion into the Canadian economy


Virtual attendance option: $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
Purchase your virtual tickets through Eventbrite using this link to join the meeting with Zoom:


Photos supplied by Vince Palace

Feb 6 2023
Hike / Skate-Hike / Hike to The Forks

Hike / Skate-Hike / Hike to The Forks

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Event Date: 

February 8, 2023

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Contact / Registration: 

John Schulz (register by email at   Nature Manitoba's COVID-19 protocols (effective 2022-Sep-22): Here.

Location: Meeting at and returning to Aubrey and Palmerston in Wolseley. There is non-time-restricted parking on Palmerston.

Time: Leave Aubrey and Palmerston at 10:30 AM.

Description: We will hike down to the Assiniboine River, and then head east on foot in search of the west trailhead of the Nestaweya River Trail. (This should take ~30 minutes.)
Skaters will skate to the east end of the skating trail (near the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Centre) and back to The Forks. (This should take 45 minutes to an hour.)
Hikers will head for The Forks, with everyone meeting in The Forks Market at The Common for lunch.
After lunch we will hike back to Wolseley. (This will take about an hour.)
Note: If the Assiniboine River turns to slush from increased Shellmouth Reservoir outflow, we will adjust to only skate what is open and either hike on the river walk or along Assiniboine Ave.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours.

Bring: Your name tag, lunch (or buy at The Forks), and a knapsack to carry your shoes if you plan to skate.

Feb 8 2023