Minister's Round Table on Parks Canada
Under the Parks Canada Agency Act, the Minister responsible for Parks Canada is required to convene a round table every two years to seek advice from Canadians on matters for which Parks Canada is responsible.
In 2017, Parks Canada undertook the largest ever Minister’s Round Table, Let’s Talk Parks, Canada! Last January, more than 8,000 Canadians participated in online discussions, public outreach events, and face-to-face workshops. Some 5,000 more contributed their thoughts and ideas over social media.
The Minister identified three priorities for Parks Canada:
- To Protect and Restore our national parks and historic sites.
- To enable people to Discover and Connect with our national parks and heritage.
- To Sustain for generations to come the incredible value of our national parks and historic sites.
For each of the priority themes, the Minister outlined a series of action items to respond to what was heard.
From Consultation to action: Creation of a short-term independent working group
Minister McKenna’s response calls upon Parks Canada to undertake a number of actions. One of these is to support a short-term independent working group to make recommendations to the Minister to ensure that maintaining ecological and commemorative integrity are priority considerations in decision-making.