Indigenous Partnerships with Wood Buffalo National Park

Wood Buffalo National Park

Goal: Improved relationships between WBNP and its Indigenous partners results in improved, cooperative management of the park that meets the interests of all partners.

Lead: Parks Canada (Wood Buffalo National Park)

Collaborative efforts between WBNP management and Indigenous partners take place through WBNP’s Cooperative Management Committee as well as through bilateral engagement. Through these opportunities to meet, the parties have identified some ongoing challenges as well as some shared priorities, which are reflected in the Action Plan. Areas of priority action include the development and implementation of key policies (staffing and procurement) and enhancing park management capacity in the Fort Chipewyan office.

For more information

Background on the Cultural History of Wood Buffalo National Park and the park’s relationship with Indigenous peoples is available here.

Information on Parks Canada’s approach to working with Indigenous partners, including its guidance document Promising Pathways, is available here.

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