When we speak of the land, we mean all parts of the land:
the rocks, the water, the fish, the birds, the wildlife, the forest.
People are keepers of the land.
The land is there for the use of the people,
but the land must be kept in balance.
– Donald Saunders, York Factory First Nation
The plan was developed in the early 1970s to provide a framework for establishing new national parks. To create the plan, scientists divided the country into 39 distinct natural regions based on landscape and vegetation. Parks Canada continues to work towards ensuring that all 39 regions will eventually contain at least one national park. Currently, there are 44 parks representing 29 regions.
To view a map showing current progress on completing the national park system, see Map - Completing Canada's National Parks System.
Wapusk Management Board © Parks Canada
The Wapusk National Park Management Board was established in 1996 to consider matters relating to the planning, management and operation of the park, and to make recommendations on these matters to Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. The ten-member board is made up of representatives of Government of Canada; Province of Manitoba; Town of Churchill; Fox Lake Cree Nation; and York Factory First Nation. The work of the Board reflects the philosophy, expressed in the Wapusk Park Establishment Agreement (PDF, 1.3 MB), that people are Keepers of the Land.
» Meet the Wapusk Management Board
Wapusk National Park Management Plan © Parks Canada
The Wapusk National Park Management Plan was approved and tabled in Parliament by the Minister of the Environment on October 19, 2007. This plan provides guidelines to follow and implement for visitor activities and future management.
Some changes, such as entry fees and business licensing, will be introduced over time. Certain activities will continue as they have since the signing of the Park Establishment Agreement on April 24, 1996, but the approval of the management plan allows for more visitor activities.
The Wapusk Management Board and Parks Canada are currently taking steps towards the implementation of management goals and visitor activities as they are presented in the management plan. Changes affecting people or businesses will be developed with stakeholders and decisions will be communicated well in advance of implementation.
» Wapusk National Management Plan - Summary
Wapusk National Park - State of the Park Report 2011 © Parks Canada
This is the first State of the Park report for Wapusk National Park. This report offers an opportunity to examine the successes and challenges of park management decisions that were taken in the Wapusk National Park Management Plan. The SoPR provides a context piece for both Aboriginal and traditional local use, in addition to an overview of First Nations and local perspectives related to the health of the land and their relationship with Parks Canada. With its comprehensive overview of the state of the park, the report is a key tool in the park management planning process.
» State of the Park Report 2011 - Executive Summary
Research and monitoring programs are important tools that can be used to gain an understanding of ecological resources and processes in the park. Monitoring also allows park managers to determine the effectiveness of management actions.
» Learn more about Research and Monitoring
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