anne-lindseyFirst established in 1990, the Anne Lindsey Protecting Our Earth Award (affectionately known as the Earthies) are presented by Manitoba Eco-Network annually in recognition of achievements in protecting and stewarding Manitoba’s environment.  The environmental community acknowledges the creativity, diligence and commitment of our peers in presenting the award.

What are the Earthies all about? Check out this short video to learn more!

In 2011, Anne Lindsey retired from Manitoba Eco-Network after serving for 23 years as Executive Director.  In recognition of her extensive service, the Board of Directors voted to rename Manitoba Eco-Network’s Protecting Our Earth Award in her honour.

For over 20 years, Manitoba Eco-Network has provided recognition to groups and individuals for their contributions in promoting sustainability and protecting ecosystems with its annual award. Anne, an award winner herself, provided inspiration and mentoring for many of the groups and individuals who have won the award over the years. Anne has been active on nearly every environmental issue that concerns Manitoba.  She helped spearhead the campaign in the 1980s that kept nuclear waste out of this province, led initiatives on children’s health, and raised awareness about toxicity in our environment. It was under her leadership that the Manitoba Eco-Network took on important causes including food, climate change, and water.


2019 Nominees 

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WINNER:  The Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network trains citizen scientists to collect water samples across Manitoba, which helps decision-makers take action to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg.

Geraldine McManus established Spirit of the Buffalo, a prayer camp set up where she teaches visitors about reconciliation and the importance of protecting land and water.

Lorena Mitchell works in the renewable energy sector as the founder and president of Evolve Green, designing and installing solar and wind systems across the province.


2018 Nominees 

WINNER: Turtle Lodge Indigenous Education and Wellness Centre  in Sagkeeng First Nation has been leading initiatives on environmental stewardship for over 15 years. The Lodge is a place for sharing universal and ancient knowledge, for reconnecting to the earth and nature, and for sharing among people of all races and nations. We are incredibly inspired by their accomplishments bringing Indigenous knowledge into the national conversation on climate change. If you are interested in knowing more about Turtle Lodge, and the important work they do, please click here.

Caroline Chartrand who has protected more than 24 plant varieties from extinction, focusing on heirloom vegetables grown by the Red River Metis. For more information about Caroline Chartrand and her work please click here

Justin Lecocq who has founded an eco-village and trained young people to stand up for wilderness protection. For more information about Justin and his work, please visit the Wilderness Committee website here. 

The Meechim Project who have brought the gardens back to Garden Hill Manitoba with a farm and market that promotes healthy eating and creates jobs. For more information on the Meechim Project and the work they do please view their Transformation Stories here.

Chief David Crete who worked to protect the Fisher River Cree Nation traditional territory and helped establish Fisher Bay Provincial Park. For more information about Chief Crate and his work, please click here


Previous Winners

Turtle Lodge; Dennis Cunningham; Gerry Dube; Curt Belton; Anders Swanson; Vicki Burns; Alice Chambers (twice); Sasha Kopelow; Anne Lindsey; Helen McCullough; Eva Pip; Jennifer Shay; David Barnes; Janine Gibson; Glen Koroluk; John Barker; Nick Carter; Walter Danyluk; Joe Dolecki; Kenneth Emberley; Bill Goddard; Claude Huot; Peter Miller; Dave Kattenburg; Brian Pannell; Mitch Podolak; Dan Soprovich; Don Sullivan; Roger Turenne; Harvey Williams; Ian Greaves; Ruth Pryzner; Randall McQuaker; Sisler’s Sustainability Circle; The Landless Farmers Collective; Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association; Organic Food Council of Manitoba; Anishinaabe Turtle Island Protectors; Brandon and Area Environmental Council; Concerned Citizens of Manitoba; Concerned Citizens of the Valley; Friends of Oak Hammock Marsh; The Global Change Game; Manitoba Naturalists Society; Organic Producers Association of MB; Rainforest Action Information Network; Resource Conservation Manitoba; Save Our Seine; Western Canada Wilderness Committee – MB; Harvest Moon Society; The ‘Idle Free Girls’; Assiniboine Credit Union; Ron Thiessen; The Forks, Target Zero Project; Greg Holden; Fred Tait; Noah Erenberg; Habitat Re-Store; Harvest Collective; Humbodt’s Legacy; Manitoba Environmental Council; The Mathias Colomb Cree Nation; Val Werier; Carl Driedger; Helen Fallding; Richard Gamble and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation; Dave Pancoe, Northern Soul Wilderness Adventures; Manitoba Nature Summit.

Lifetime Achievement

Carl Ridd; Carolyn Garlich and Peter Miller