Poplar River is a small First Nation community on the east shore of Lake Winnipeg, 400 km north of Winnipeg. I was fortunate to be able to spend some time there on assignment for National Geographic Magazine, with writer Ed Dobb, looking at the community and their efforts to protect their ancestral land, a part of the vast Boreal forest, continuously inhabited by their ancestors for over 6000 years.


(http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/150224-poplar-river-first-nation-ojibwa-manitoba-global-warming-conservation/). 


Accessible only by air for most of the year, the community will eventually be linked via a new all-weather road to population centres further south. Polar River's isolation had a cost, as will its new connection to the wider world.
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Weaver Lake, upriver from Poplar River
Weaver Lake, upriver from Poplar River
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Willard Bittern, and his dog Buster, at the edge of a stand of poplar trees flooded by a beaver dam
Willard Bittern, and his dog Buster, at the edge of a stand of poplar trees flooded by a beaver dam
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Poplar River Elder, Ed Hudson, with his 1948 Bombardier Snow Cat
Poplar River Elder, Ed Hudson, with his 1948 Bombardier Snow Cat
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Kids after school, 'downtown' Poplar River
Kids after school, 'downtown' Poplar River
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Poplar River Ice Rink
Poplar River Ice Rink
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Summer evening, Poplar River
Summer evening, Poplar River
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Poplar River Women
Poplar River Women
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Ernest Bruce, heading upriver to Weaver Lake
Ernest Bruce, heading upriver to Weaver Lake
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Breakfast before school
Breakfast before school
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Weaver Lake, upriver from Poplar River
Weaver Lake, upriver from Poplar River
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Poplar River school playground
Poplar River school playground
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Checking traplines north of Poplar River
Checking traplines north of Poplar River
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Weaver Lake, upriver from Poplar River
Weaver Lake, upriver from Poplar River
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