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7: Northern Interior Mountains and Plateaux (Candidate Site - Wolf Lake): Parks Canada has maintained a long-standing interest in the Wolf Lake area as a possible national park. Until there is support for a feasibility study by the territorial government, the Teslin Tlingit Council (First Nation), the Teslin Renewable Resources Council and the community, a study will not commence. This has been the case for several years and did not change in 2004-2005.
3: Interior Dry Plateau South Okanagan (Candidate Site - Lower Similkameen): In 2004-2005, a three-year feasibility study was launched. Public consultations were held in the fall of 2004. Technical studies were begun, including resource mapping and draft terms of reference for a socio-economic study. The study is guided by a steering committee of senior civil servants from the federal and British Columbia governments.
17: North western Boreal Uplands (Candidate Sites - East Arm of Great Slave Lake - W* ) A contribution agreement between Parks Canada and the Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation provided the means for band members to research aboriginal involvement in national parks. In 2004-2005, this led to a Band Council Resolution supporting consideration of a national park as part of a broader protection initiative for their traditional territory.
21: East Coast Boreal (Candidate Site - Mealy Mountains) The feasibility study continued, with work focusing on research and analysis to resolve the issues that arose during public consultations regarding traditional land use activities and ecological boundaries. Analysis, mapping and reporting on conservation targets is ongoing.
38: Western High Arctic (Candidate Site - Bathurst Island - W* ) The Resolute Bay Community Lands and Resources Committee agreed to an extension and reconfiguration of the land withdrawal order for a national park. Its support for the order does not mean that it accepts the government's proposed park boundary. The lands are withdrawn until October 2009. A workshop will be held in Resolute Bay in 2005 to discuss the government's proposed boundary.
14: Manitoba Lowlands (Candidate Site - Manitoba Lowlands): The final round of consultations was delayed. Public consultations will begin next year. Discussions with the Government of Manitoba concerning land and resource issues continued. An economic impact and park development study was completed in September 2004 and contributed to efforts to stimulate new economic and capacity building opportunities for communities near the proposed park area.
24: Northern Labrador Mountains (Candidate Site - Torngat Mountains - W* ) Agreements were signed that will lead to the establishment of the Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve of Canada: the Memorandum of Agreement for a National Park Reserve of Canada and a National Park of Canada in the Torngat Mountains with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Labrador Inuit Park Impacts and Benefits Agreement with the Labrador Inuit Association.
Areas of significant progress in 2004-2005 are highlighted. There was no progress in four regions (20, 22, 23, 25) due to a lack of local or provincial support to advance national park proposals. Region 28 is considered low priority. There is no funding under the Government Action Plan to establish national parks in these regions.
Source: Parks Canada National Parks Establishment Branch