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March 19, 2009 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Infrastructure in Forillon National Park of Canada and Signs an Agreement With the Gespeg Mi'kmaq Nation

Canada's Economic Action Plan supports recreational and heritage infrastructure projects in Forillon National Park of Canada

GASPE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 19, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada, today announced an important investment in Forillon National Park of Canada. The announcement was followed by the signing with Chief Claude Jeannotte of a final agreement between the Gespeg Mi'kmaq Nation and Parks Canada.

"These projects will ensure that Forillon National Park of Canada remains an outstanding natural and cultural site for everyone to enjoy," explained Minister Prentice. "The money invested will help us respond to the issues linked to shoreline erosion, while ensuring that visitors enjoy a memorable experience."

The Government of Canada is investing $7.1 million in the Park. These funds will be used to protect, maintain and enhance the biological and ecological diversity of the Penouille sector; to redevelop the Route du Banc; and to repair the campground infrastructure throughout the Park. The projects announced illustrate the federal government's support for businesses and communities, a key element of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"The agreement with the Gespeg Mi'kmaq Nation will allow Mi'kmaq culture and traditions to be shared and showcased, making a visit to Forillon National Park of Canada an even more interesting experience," added Minister Prentice.

"The signing of an agreement between Gespeg and Parks Canada demonstrates Gespeg's faith in local involvement. We believe that these agreements are fruitful when all parties involved act in good faith. This agreement also bears historic and cultural importance for Gespeg because Pointe Penouille is part of our traditional territory. This agreement is also likely to have positive economic outcomes, another element that is important to Gespeg," said Claude Jeannotte, Chief, Gespeg Mi'kmaq Nation.

Since 1999, Parks Canada and the Gespeg Mi'kmaq Nation have been negotiating an agreement in principle for the creation of a Gespeg Mi'kmaq interpretive site inside the Forillon National Park of Canada. Under the agreement signed today, Parks Canada will establish a new partnership with the Gespeg Mi'kmaq Nation and open the door to integrating a Mi'kmaq element in the Park.

Forillon National Park of Canada is part of a system of national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas that is recognized as one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected areas in the world. Parks Canada works to ensure Canada's cultural and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians.

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  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Parks Canada - Quebec
    Melissa Larose
    Communications Advisor