Parks Canada

Parks Canada

October 10, 2007 11:25 ET

Canada's New Government Signs Agreement With Gespeg Micmac Nation in Forillon National Park

GASPE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 10, 2007) - On behalf of the Canada's Environment Minister John Baird, Mr. Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Levis-Bellechasse, signed an agreement-in-principle today with Chief Claude Jeannotte to establish a new partnership with the Gespeg Micmac Nation and to create a Micmac site in Forillon National Park of Canada.

"The agreement-in-principle signed today is the fulfillment of our Government's desire to build on Aboriginal traditional knowledge and to include local communities in the management and presentation of Canada's parks and historic sites," said Mr. Blaney. "Today's announcement will add a rich new dimension to Forillon National Park of Canada that will benefit not just Gaspe citizens but all Canadians."

Parks Canada and the Gespeg Micmac Nation have negotiated an agreement-in-principle to create a Gespeg Micmac site in Forillon National Park of Canada. The partnership, which aims primarily to share and present Micmac culture and traditions, is an appealing addition to the park's visitor experience.

"The signing of the agreement-in-principle with Parks Canada is a historic moment for Gespeg. The attachment our ancestors felt to the entire Gespeg'ewagi area, particularly to Penouille Point, is still present in our community. The agreement will allow Gespeg to renew its ties to the area by creating a Gespeg Micmac site in Forillon Park," declared Chief Jeannotte.

(Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada - Quebec
    Lise Rochette
    Senior Advisor
    Communications Service
    418-648-4539