Government of Canada

Government of Canada

June 19, 2009 10:30 ET

REMINDER/Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada Protected Forever

"The greatest conservation achievement in a generation"

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) -

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The expansion of the Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada is enshrined forever in legislation. The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, is pleased to announce that the Bill to massively expand Nahanni received Royal Assent today.

"Today's act to protect this magnificent area in law, under the Canada National Parks Act, is a gift to future generations and will ensure Nahanni National Park Reserve is managed according to the most stringent conservation standards," said Minister Prentice. "This is a great day for all Canadians. Nahanni is one of the Crown jewels of our incredible system of national parks and it is with pride that I take part in the greatest conservation achievement in a generation," said the Honourable Jim Prentice."

The legislation, which was tabled by Minister Prentice on June 9, was supported by all parties. "I'm very happy to acknowledge all of Parliament, and all of our partners and stakeholders, in particular the Dehcho First Nations, who have come together with the purpose of creating this incredible new national park reserve," added Minister Prentice.

The expansion makes Nahanni six times its current size, and the third largest park in Canada. It will protect over 30,000 square kilometres (a little less than the size of Vancouver Island), which is approximately 91% of the Greater Nahanni Ecosystem in the Dehcho region. It will enhance Nahanni's UNESCO World Heritage Site designation as a protected area, and further enhances Canada's leadership in international protected area conservation.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Parks Canada
    National Corporate Communications Branch
    Media Relations