Cultural Use Area
The Jasper National Park Cultural Use Area is a place set aside for Indigenous partners to use for reconnecting to the land, cultural learning, ceremony and celebration. The desire for a dedicated cultural heritage space within Jasper National Park came from discussions between the Jasper Indigenous Forum (Forum) and Parks Canada. A site blessing and powwow was held in August 2012 to initiate the dedication of the site, and use of the Cultural Use Area started in June 2013.
Members of the Forum have access to the site. Forum members have identified the primary purpose of the Cultural Use Area as a place for physical, spiritual and cultural reconnection, and most Indigenous partners use the space to host cultural camps, community gatherings and ceremonies. The site is closed to the general public to ensure privacy.