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Sable Island National Park Reserve

Park Establishment

Public Engagement

Recording comments at one of the open houses held to collect public comments Recording comments at one of the open houses held to collect public comments
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Between June and September 2010, Parks Canada embarked on a public consultation program to seek input on the proposal to designate Sable Island as a national park. This process was guided by four objectives:

  • To familiarize the public, stakeholders and others with Parks Canada’s mandate, vision, system of protected places and process for park establishment and planning.
  • To familiarize the public, stakeholders and others with Sable Island, its natural and cultural history and current situation.
  • To give the Mi’kmaq, the public and a diverse range of stakeholders an opportunity to provide Parks Canada with their vision for the future of Sable Island as a national park.
  • To identify opportunities and challenges associated with management, operations and conservation of Sable Island as a national park.
Open House Discussions at one of the open houses held in June 2010.
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Opportunities for the public, stakeholders and partners to participate have included: open house sessions, bi-lateral meetings, workshops, email, written and on-line submissions and a toll-free number. A formal process of consultation is also underway with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia.

The report, Sable Island: What We Heard – A Summary of Public Input (PDF, 1.5MB), provides a summary of the input received, along with some background information and an overview of next steps.

Sable Island and its isolated sand dunes hold a special place in the hearts and minds of Canadians. Nova Scotians feel a particular tie to Sable, as it figures prominently in their history and looms large in their imaginations. The passion and great interest Canadians have in Sable Island was evident in the submissions Parks Canada received from across Canada and even abroad, expressing support and highlighting ideas, concerns and visions for the future of Sable Island as a national park.


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