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June 21, 2011 11:37 ET

Canada's Environment Minister Presents "Working Together: Our Stories" on National Aboriginal Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 21, 2011) - In celebration of National Aboriginal Day, the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced the release of Working Together: Our Stories. This collection of stories reflects Parks Canada's vision of working together with Aboriginal peoples to ensure a more holistic stewardship of our natural and historical heritage that includes the cultural values and the knowledge of Canada's First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples.

"It is a pleasure to celebrate a new era of cooperation between the Government of Canada and Aboriginal peoples, especially during our centennial year," said Minister Kent. "Working Together: Our Stories attests to our unique partnerships and our shared vision of conservation."

Canada is recognized as an international leader in working with Aboriginal peoples. Working Together: Our Stories showcases examples of successful projects where Parks Canada and Aboriginal partners have worked together to protect our heritage.

Current projects and partnerships involve close collaboration with more than 300 Aboriginal groups. For example, Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador, Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site in British Columbia, and the expansion of Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories could not have happened without the support of our Aboriginal partners. Another project worked with the Métis people to restore Saskatchewan's Batoche National Historic Site as a symbol of hope, renewal, and reconnection.

"Our centennial celebrations give us a chance to look back and be proud of our accomplishments," said Alan Latourelle, Chief Executive Officer of Parks Canada. "Today, we could not imagine creating a new national park, presenting Aboriginal history in a national historic site or ensuring the stewardship of our heritage places without the support and collaboration of Aboriginal peoples."

Every year on June 21, Canada celebrates National Aboriginal Day, recognising and celebrating the diverse cultures, unique heritages and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Parks Canada works to ensure Canada's historic and natural heritage is protected and, through a network of 42 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas. We invite Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery at our treasured natural and historic places.

For more information on Parks Canada, please visit parkscanada.gc.ca.

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