When we speak of the land, we mean all parts of the land:
the rocks, the water, the fish, the birds, the wildlife, the forest.
People are keepers of the land.
The land is there for the use of the people,
but the land must be kept in balance.
– Donald Saunders, York Factory First Nation
- National Parks System Plan
- Wapusk Management Board
- Wapusk National Park Management Plan
- State of the Park Report
- Research and Monitoring
The plan was developed in the early 1970s to provide a framework for establishing new national parks. To create the plan, scientists divided the country into 39 distinct natural regions based on landscape and vegetation. Parks Canada continues to work towards ensuring that all 39 regions will eventually contain at least one national park. To view a map showing current progress on completing the national park system, see Map - Completing Canada's National Parks System.
The Wapusk National Park Management Board was established in 1996 to consider matters relating to the planning, management and operation of the park, and to make recommendations on these matters to Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. The ten-member board is made up of representatives of Government of Canada; Province of Manitoba; Town of Churchill; Fox Lake Cree Nation; and York Factory First Nation. The work of the Board reflects the philosophy, expressed in the Wapusk Park Establishment Agreement (PDF, 1.3 MB), that people are Keepers of the Land.
» Meet the Wapusk Management Board
This is the first State of the Park report for Wapusk National Park. This report offers an opportunity to examine the successes and challenges of park management decisions that were taken in the Wapusk National Park Management Plan. The SoPR provides a context piece for both Aboriginal and traditional local use, in addition to an overview of First Nations and local perspectives related to the health of the land and their relationship with Parks Canada. With its comprehensive overview of the state of the park, the report is a key tool in the park management planning process.
Research and monitoring programs are important tools that can be used to gain an understanding of ecological resources and processes in the park. Monitoring also allows park managers to determine the effectiveness of management actions.
» Learn more about Research and Monitoring