What Does a National Park Reserve Designation Mean?
A national park reserve designation is used where there are outstanding claims by aboriginal people regarding aboriginal rights and title, and these claims have been accepted by Canada for negotiation. Once the claim is settled, the lands can be converted from national park reserve status to a national park. A national park reserve is operated and run in the same manner as a national park.
The Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia have asserted Aboriginal rights and title to the Province of Nova Scotia, and Canada and Nova Scotia are negotiating this claim under the Made in Nova Scotia Process. Many iconic national parks in Canada are national park reserves including Gwaii Haanas, Nahanni, and Pacific Rim.
A yellow water lily blooms in one of the freshwater ponds on Sable Island © Parks Canada