1.0 Creating a National System

As the lead federal agency on the Canadian Heritage Rivers Board, Parks Canada will advocate a national perspective on the development of the System.

Parks Canada will encourage the membership of all provinces and territories in the System.

Through the development of national framework plans, Parks Canada will support and encourage the nomination of rivers that represent the natural and cultural heritage of all of Canada's river environments.

Parks Canada will cooperate with other federal agencies and, where necessary, coordinate actions between these agencies and participating provincial and territorial governments, on issues concerning the nomination, designation and management of rivers in the System.

Through the Board Secretariat, and working with other federal agencies, national cooperating associations and non-governmental organizations, Parks Canada will publicly promote the System as a national program.