Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec – The management plan for Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve was tabled in Parliament today. The tabling of this document fulfills a legislative requirement of the Canada National Parks Act.
Management plans are the primary accountability documents for the management of protected heritage places under Parks Canada’s care and are reviewed every 10 years. Through this plan, Parks Canada is contributing to Canada’s National Conservation Plan by identifying tangible actions to conserve Canada’s lands and waters, restore Canada’s ecosystems and connect Canadians to nature. The new plan for Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve outlines the following key priorities:
• Establish a distinct relationship with First Nations;
• Increase the park reserve’s recognition nationally and internationally;
• Make Minganie area residents become ambassadors of the park reserve;
• Establish a specific management approach for the park reserve’s eastern sector.
The plan was developed as part of a pilot experience allowing the Regroupement Petapan inc., Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Natashquan First Nation to be involved in each step of the review process. The management plan was drafted following consultations with Innu communities in the area, the Follow-up Committee, partners and the public.
The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve Management Plan is available for viewing on the Parks Canada website at www.pc.gc.ca/mingan.
• Established in 1984, the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve comprises a 152-kilometer stretch of islands and islets.
• The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve contains Canada’s largest concentration of erosion monoliths, unique flora and diverse birdlife, all of which make it a world-class tourism product and a destination of choice for nature lovers, boaters and history buffs.
• The Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve receives approximately 30,000 visits per year.
“The public consultations have generated a lot of interest among participants. We are pleased to see that the community shares the vision and key strategies set forth by Parks Canada for the next ten years.”
~ Dany Lebrun, Acting Director of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve