This Week in History
Kluane Issued a Stamp
For the week of Monday April 25, 2011
Located in the southwest Yukon, Kluane is known for its spectacular landscapes, diverse plant and animal life, and history of Aboriginal settlement going back thousands of years. In 1943, the Kluane Game Sanctuary was created, banning First Nation harvesting. When a portion of the sanctuary was declared a national park reserve in 1976, the ban was lifted, but many First Nations were uncertain of their rights in the area. When the federal government signed land claim agreements with Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and Kluane First Nation in 1993 and 2003, sections clarifying their rights to resume harvesting in the park were included.
Together, the parks feature unique ecosystems created by glaciers moving over millions of years, spectacular mountains, and more than three dozen river systems. The Kluane and Wrangell / St. Elias area is one of exceptional beauty. It has some of the highest peaks in North America: the 5,959 metre-high Mount Logan in Kluane National Park and Reserve is Canada’s highest peak and Mount Saint Elias, on the Yukon-Alaska border, is the second highest peak in the United States. As well, the region’s more than 200 glaciers form the largest non-polar ice field in the world. Furthermore, animals such as Dall’s sheep and grizzly bears, endangered in other regions, thrive in this area.
To learn more about Kluane, please visit the Kluane National Park and Reserve and World Heritage pages on the Parks Canada web site, as well as the This Week in History story, Conquering Mount Logan. For more stories about World Heritage Sites in Canada, please visit: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Vikings in Canada, The British Colony that wasn’t British, and Québec Fortifications Unique in North America in the This Week in History archives.
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