Debwendon Inc is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 to promote and preserve the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve, raise public awareness of the historic cultural connection between the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and the Brokenhead Wetland, construct and maintain over the long term a boardwalk and interpretive trail adjacent to the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve, and raise funds toward those ends.  The word Debwendon means... read more

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site updated: 2010May07

Lawrence Smith, an elder on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, passed away October 28, 2015. He was a remarkable and cheerful person and a great friend to NOCI and Debwendon. He worked with NOCI from 1998 to 2005 to get a large portion of the Brokenhead Wetlands protected as an ecological reserve. Lawrence was very encouraging throughout and generous in sharing his knowledge of native plant species and the Ojibway culture with us. He was an original member of the Debwendon Inc. board of directors and lived to see the boardwalk completed using many of his suggestions for the interpretive trail route and points of interest. He also suggested the name, "Debwendon" which means "trust" in Ojibway. His children helped with this work and his son, Carl Smith, is the chairperson of Debwendon Inc. today. His obituary in the Winnipeg Free Press Passages may be found here.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen construction delays the opening of the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail will not be June 26th. Please stay tuned and check this website frequently for the opening date later this summer.

An update on the Brokenhead Wetlands Interpretive trail

Winnipeg Free Press article on the Brokenhead Interpretive Trail

The Summer edition of the Manitoba Eco Network Journal includes an article on the Wetland Interpretive Trail.

Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announces the expansion of the Brokenhead Ecological Reserve:  Images and information from the Special Field Day held at the Boreal Woods Nature Centre on June 22nd.

Brokenhead Wetlands Interpretive Trail Funding Announcement Video:  Thanks to the generous efforts of Kelly-Anne Richmond and Matthew McBurney, here is a video of the Special Event that announced the Funding in support of the Brokenhead Wetlands Interpretive Trail Project

Premier Greg Selinger announces funding for a new interpretive trail and boardwalk:  "This new resource will allow the public to safely visit the area without causing damage to the fragile native plants and their habitat," said Selinger. "I especially want to thank our partners, Debwendon Inc. and Eugene Reimer, for their support in making this new trail possible."

Photos from our Chasing Benevolence Fundraiser at the Orbit Room

Debwendon receives Charity-Status!
We now have Charity-status. Our registration-number is 85940 9997 RR0001. read more

Photos from the Reel Green Film Festival where we showed our EKO video and had a display

Debwendon receives Charity-Status!
We now have Charity-status. Our registration-number is 85940 9997 RR0001. read more