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From January 9th to 27th, Canadians have the best opportunity in a generation to shape the future of our national parks and national marine conservation areas by participating in a nationwide public consultation. 


Under the Parks Canada Agency Act, a Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada must be held every two years to enable interested persons to provide advice to the Minister on Parks Canada’s performance in delivering on its mandate. For the first time, this process is open to the public.

The Minister is encouraging all Canadians to submit their recommendations by January 27, 2017.

This is an incredible opportunity to tell the Minister that you’d like Parks Canada to refocus on nature as the first priority in all aspects of park management, and to create more national parks and national marine conservation areas. By law, the Minister must respond to all recommendations received within 180 days of the consultation period.

For several years, CPAWS has been raising the alarm about Parks Canada’s shift away from nature conservation as the first priority, towards more focus on tourism, infrastructure development and revenue generation, at the expense of nature. Read the 2016 Report

The good news is that the federal government has already committed to limit development and refocus on ecological integrity in our national parks, and to restore open, transparent decision making. By sending an email into this public consultation process, you can help make sure they deliver on these promises.

How you can help

Please send an email to the public consultation process urging the Minister to refocus Parks Canada on protecting nature as the first priority in our national parks. Including a few sentences about why you love our national parks based on your personal experience will make your message more powerful.

Please consider the following recommendations to the Minister:

I recommend that you refocus Parks Canada on nature conservation as the first priority for national park management. Specifically, please:

  1. Stop expanding the development footprint in our national parks, particularly in Banff and Jasper
  2. Re-invest in science and ecological monitoring to guide park management
  3. Focus Parks Canada’s visitor experience programs on nature-based education and stewardship
  4. Create more new national parks and national marine conservation areas

Want even more information about this campaign? You can read more here

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Your message will be sent to the Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada consultation email address.
If you would like to address your email please address it to: Minister Catherine McKenna 

 
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