About Debwendon Inc

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 “trust” in Ojibway.

For more information please see the Trail page, or download our brochure.

New Entry Sign

New Entry Sign

Brokenhead Trail Now Open for the Season

June 30, 2016

With the grand opening last week the trail is now open daily to the public from 8:00 am to dusk until October 31st.

Please enjoy the trail and interpretive signage. However, please be advised you visit the trail at your own risk. Please note the tips below to make everyone’s visit to the trail and boardwalk safe and enjoyable.

We kindly request that hikers, walkers and wheelchairs stay on the designated trail and boardwalk. Dogs, bicycles and ATVs are prohibited on the trail.

The damage or removal of any plants or other material is prohibited.

Some tips for having an enjoyable time on the trail:

  • Pack out what you carried in.

  • Be Bear Smart. Do not go alone.

  • NO DOGS allowed on the trail.

  • NO BICYCLES or ATVs allowed on the trail.

  • Bring water and mosquito repellent on warm days and wear a hat if it is hot.

  • Washrooms are available at the trailhead only.

  • Please practice: Leave no trace – Take only pictures – Leave only footprints.

Please report any downed trees, vandalism, or other issues on our Contact Us page.









2015-Oct: Passing of Lawrence Smith

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...

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Debwendon Donations

Your donation will help us with operation and maintenance of the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail Project.  We are a registered Canadian Charity, registration-number 85940 9997 RR0001, and will issue a tax-receipt for your donation.

LOGO-OCC-OnePercentForOrchidConservationWe are an eligible recipient under the 1% For Orchid Conservation initiative.  If your company or society has made the commitment to donate 1% of net revenue toward orchid-conservation then please consider donating that amount to us.

Make a one-time donation to the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail:   Amount:   

EKO (for as long as…)

Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve Location

From Winnipeg drive north on PTH 59 past Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. From PR 304 (Stead Road), continue north approximately 2 km – the access is on the west side of the highway. Driving time: approx. 1 hour. Coming from the north on PTH 59, turn right off the highway approximately 500 m south of the PTH 12 intersection.

Latitude: 50.407145, Longitude: -96.541003


Coordinates: 50.407145, -96.541003 Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve Manitoba, Canada

Photo Credits: Will Milne, Mike James, Brian Kotak, Peggy Bainard Acheson, Ryan Wakshinski, Krystal Panetta, John Dyck