Vuntut National Park was established in 1995 as part of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Final Agreement, to conserve, protect and present to Canadians a portion of the North Yukon Natural Region, to recognize Vuntut Gwitchin history and culture, and to protect the traditional and current use of the park by the Vuntut Gwitchin.
Together, Parks Canada, the Vuntut Gwitchin Government and the North Yukon Renewable Resources Council cooperatively manage the park. The park's values for protection and celebration include: the northern third of Old Crow Flats, a wetland of international significance; portions of the Porcupine Caribou Herd's spring and fall migration range; the ongoing interdependence of the Vuntut Gwitchin and the land; caribou fences and other archaeological sites; and internationally significant palaeontological sites along the Old Crow River.
The relationship between Parks Canada and the Vuntut Gwitchin Government has evolved from one initially based on obligations from the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Final Agreement to one based on collaboration and respect.
The management plan for Vuntut National Park serves as a roadmap for Parks Canada, the Vuntut Gwitchin Government, and the North Yukon Renewable Resources Council as we work together to manage the park. It defines our shared vision, outlines our common goals and objectives, and guides our actions. The current park management plan (2010) was developed by staff and cooperative management partners, with stakeholder and public involvement. Park management plans reflect the policies, legislation, and values of Parks Canada and comprehensive land claim agreements, and provide long-term strategic direction for the management of each national park. They integrate core elements of the Parks Canada mandate into a park vision and key strategies.
2010 Management Plan Summary
Management Plan Review