First Nations call for more say in park system at Canadian Parks Conference

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Giving Indigenous people a greater say in the operation of national parks and the creation of new protected areas is on the agenda at the Canadian Parks Conference being held in Banff March 8-11. First Nations leaders and federal and provincial officials are to review proposals that could give more legal weight to protected areas designated by bands, said conference delegate Steve Nitah.

"Canada can be a real leader in the process of reconciliation by re-establishing a new relationship with Indigenous governments and communities that have been impacted by national parks and provincial parks that have been created in the past," he said.

Bob Weber, The Canadian Press