Share why you value protected nature in our national parks


CPAWS 2016 parks report
documents a troubling shift in how Parks Canada is managing our national parks, away from conserving nature as the primary focus, towards more development and marketing, at the expense of the very nature our national parks are supposed to protect.

Hiker-Adobe-Stock-small-web.jpgThe report also welcomes commitments by the new federal government to limit development, re-focus on ecological integrity, and restore open, transparent decision-making in our national parks, and includes 17 recommendations for a better path forward.

Please send a letter today to Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, sharing why you value protected nature in our national parks, and asking her to re-focus Parks Canada on its priority mandate of nature conservation.

For the greatest impact, we recommend that you personalize your letter and ensure your message is encouraging in tone.

Here are a few key points you could include:

  • I love visiting Canada’s national parks and want their natural beauty and wildlife protected as the first priority for park management. 
  • I’m deeply concerned about Parks Canada’s shift in management approach away from its legal mandate of conserving nature in our national parks as the first management priority, towards marketing, revenue generation and tourism development at the expense of nature. If this continues it will jeopardize the natural legacy we leave to future generations of Canadians.
  • I am encouraged by your government’s commitments to limit development, re-focus on ecological integrity, and restore open, transparent decision-making in our national parks. Please act quickly to implement these promises, starting by cancelling proposed developments in Banff and Jasper National Parks, and appointing an independent expert review panel to recommend a new path forward.
 

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