Canadian Government Commits to Wood Buffalo National Park

Last week we told you that Wood Buffalo National Park was under consideration of being added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in Danger, following a 2014 petition submitted to the World Heritage Committee by the Mikisew Cree First Nation.

Last Thursday the Government of Canada announced a $27.5M investment over five years in the development of, and early implementation of, the action plan for Wood Buffalo National Park World Heritage Site. 

“As I have said many times before, the findings and recommendations of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee represent an important call to action. Today, our Government continues to take action with this new, substantial, and long term investment. Our commitment is real and we will continue to work with all of our provincial, territorial, and Indigenous partners to secure the future of the Wood Buffalo National Park World Heritage Site for generations to come.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada 

Parks Canada is working with the 11 Indigenous communities associated with Wood Buffalo National Park through a co-operative management committee that strives to respect both the mandate of Parks Canada and the cultures and traditions of Indigenous peoples.

As one of the most significant investments in nature conservation in Canadian history, Budget 2018 will increase federal capacity to protect species at risk and put in place new recovery initiatives for priority species, areas, and threats to our environment.

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9 Comments

  1. rapnblu July 5, 2018 11:36 am Reply

    Thanks for the update, Heather!

    If anyone is interested in thanking Canadian officials and keeping the pressure on, you can write a quick and easy letter from the link on this page:

    http://cpaws.org/campaigns/wood-buffalo-national-park

  2. Kasie July 5, 2018 11:03 am Reply

    Really great news!!!

  3. Catherine Wohlfeil July 4, 2018 9:17 pm Reply

    Wonderful news and a step towards protecting this national treasure.

  4. Bikebrains July 4, 2018 5:50 pm Reply

    “Minister of Environment and Climate Change” which proves that Canada is more advanced than the United States’ current administration.

    • Karen Anne Kolling July 5, 2018 8:20 am Reply

      The U.S. is well on its way to being a disgrace in many areas compared to other nations.

    • rapnblu July 5, 2018 11:58 am Reply

      Yes, I’m so glad we elected President Gore in 2000, and are continuing his legacy here in the U.S. /snark/

      Elections have consequences, people. And there is a HUGE difference in the parties, don’t believe the ‘both sides’ propaganda. Do what you can – call, write, talk, vote for what you believe in. And if you believe in a healthy environment, you know for sure now which party has that in its platform.

  5. Karen Anne Kolling July 4, 2018 2:29 pm Reply

    What is this going to do about the “oil-sands development and hydro dams on the Peace River — where the B.C. government is now planning to build the massive Site C dam.”?

    • Heather Ray July 4, 2018 2:47 pm Reply

      I’m sure part of the $27.5M will address this.

  6. Barbara July 4, 2018 2:22 pm Reply

    It is good to read that the Canadian government is doing SOMETHING positive to save a valuable resource.

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