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On behalf of the people of Canada, we protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations.
Parks Canada's mandate
Management plans are the cornerstone of Parks Canada's commitment to the future. Prepared in consultation with the public, they describe a vision for Canada's national parks and national historic sites and set out a strategy to transform the vision into reality. This plan for Mount Revelstoke, Glacier and Rogers Pass will guide these protected areas as they pursue ecological and commemorative integrity while at the same time inviting Canadians and international guests to explore our heritage and identity.
The Canada National Parks Act (2000) defines ecological integrity as "a condition that is determined to be characteristic of its natural region and likely to persist, including abiotic components and the composition and abundance of native species and biological communities, rates of change and supporting processes."
The Parks Canada Agency Act (1998) states that commemorative integrity of national historic sites must be ensured. A national historic site possesses commemorative integrity when:
- the resources directly related to the reasons for designation as a national historic site are not impaired or under threat,
- the reasons for designation as a national historic site are effectively communicated to the public, and
- the site's heritage values (including those not related to the reasons for designation as a national historic site) are respected in all decisions and actions affecting the site.
The Canada National Parks Act requires Parks Canada, in consultation with Canadians, to review each national park's management plan every five years. The Parks Canada Agency Act states that management plans will be prepared for each national historic site administered by Parks Canada. The federal minister responsible for Parks Canada approved the previous plan for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier in 1995. This is the first management plan for Rogers Pass National Historic Site.
Management plan implementation is the responsibility of the Superintendent. The actions stated in the plan will be monitored and reported on through public reporting opportunities such as the State of Protected Heritage Areas Report.
Parks Canada is responsible to Canadians for the administration of their national parks, national historic sites, national historic canals, and national marine conservation areas. Together, these national treasures protect representative elements of Canada's natural and cultural heritage.
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