Parks Canada

Parks Canada

March 27, 2008 18:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Development of New Protected Areas Near Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 27, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister John Baird and Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide $82,100 to the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation to help develop a series of protected areas adjacent to the Long Beach Unit of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The initiative is part of the First Nation Tribal Park system.

"Today's announcement demonstrates our Government's desire to work collaboratively with Aboriginal people in and around Canada's national parks," said Minister Baird. "By protecting both national park and tribal park lands we are ensuring the long-term ecological integrity of the Pacific Rim area. This is real action that builds on our Governments record of expanding and protecting national parks and marine protected areas across Canada."

Under this initiative, the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, with support from Parks Canada, will develop land management plans and a business plan to handle existing tribal parks in Tla-o-qui-aht territory as well as the creation and operation of new ones.

"As the local Member of Parliament I understand how iconic Pacific Rim National Park is to Canadians," said Dr. James Lunney. "Today's announcement builds on the existing good working relationship between our Government and the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation to protect this beautiful part of our country for generations to come."

Development of a Tribal Park system adjacent to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve will provide economic opportunities for the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, enhance the ecological integrity of tribal and national park lands and increase the spectrum of visitor experiences available in the Long Beach area.

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

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

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
    Nadine Crookes
    A/Superintendent
    250-726-4709