All Parks Canada consultations and formal engagement on management plans are suspended until further notice.

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is of the utmost importance to the Agency. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and implementing measures to support Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and reduce risks to employees and visitors.

As a result, Parks Canada has also suspended all public consultations and formal engagement with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples on management plans until further notice.

Management plans are developed through consultation and input from various people and organizations, including Indigenous peoples, local and regional residents, visitors, and the public.

The Agency is currently focusing its efforts on critical operations. There is, therefore, limited capacity to undertake full and meaningful management planning consultations at this time. Parks Canada also recognizes that the focus of the Canadian public, Indigenous partners and our stakeholders is on public health and safety and the economy.

Parks Canada is committed to resuming all management planning activities, including public consultations and formal engagement with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples, once operations return to normal and capacity allows.

A new management plan for Bar U Ranch National Historic Site is due in fall 2020.

This management plan, developed in part through engagement with Indigenous partners, stakeholders, youth and other interested Canadians, will guide the future of the site. It will include a vision, key strategies and objectives to achieve over the next 10 years.

Stage one of public engagement is now complete for the Bar U Ranch NHS. Public feedback helped identify a key vision and priorities to consider in the site’s draft management plan. The What We Heard report, summarizing public input, is available.

The next phase of engagement and consultations will occur in March 2020. At that time, there will be an opportunity to review and comment on the draft management plan.

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