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January 25th – AMPPE’s January advocacy efforts have been intensely focused on Parks Canada’s Let’s Talk Parks, Canada Initiative: the nationwide public consultation currently underway by Parks Canada to discuss the future of our National Parks and Historic Places. For the first time ever, all Canadians are being invited to participate in the Minister’s Round Table. This public consultation process runs until January 27th and gives Canadians a chance to voice their opinions on our nation’s system of national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Alongside this public consultation Parks Canada is hosting a series of invitation only stakeholder sessions across the country.  On behalf of AMPPE and our Membership I traveled to both Calgary and Ottawa to attend two of these meetings. To read AMPPE’s call to action visit https://www.facebook.com/AMPPE.ORG/posts/830353863770983

Alongside the public consultation Parks Canada is hosting a series of invitation only stakeholder sessions across the country.  On behalf of AMPPE and our Membership Executive Director Casey Peirce traveled to both Calgary and Ottawa to attend two of these meetings. The four themes of discussion included:

  1. Responding to environmental changes in Parks Canada places
  2. Commemorating and sharing Canadian history
  3. Establishing national parks and national marine conservation areas
  4. a) Helping Canadians connect with nature and history
  5. b) Promoting reconciliation between Indigenous Peoples and all Canadians

Please take a few minutes of your time today to speak up for the future of our national parks. It’s crucial the Minister hears loud and clear that Canadians value not just ecological integrity but also a balanced approach toward positive visitor experience and responsible tourism. Visit www.letstalkparkscanada.ca to have your say.

AMPPE’s key messages for the Minister include the importance of:

  • Increased multi-trail networks to enjoy nature in a responsible eco-friendly way
  • Enhanced public mass transit between and in Banff and Lake Louise areas
  • More interpretive and educational opportunities and exhibits within parks
  • Encouraging environmentally friendly ways for people to access and experience parks
  • Supporting the balance of ecological integrity, sustainable tourism and visitor experience
  • Maintaining and enhancing recreational opportunities like biking and hiking trails, ski areas, campgrounds and the facilities to support them

Feel free to distribute this information and call to action to your own stakeholders, share on your social media platforms and don’t forget take the time to submit your thoughts at www.letstalkparkscanada.ca

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