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Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Provincial Park

Decision to Establish Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Provincial Park

     

    The Government of Alberta has created Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Provincial Park following months of collaborative discussions with Indigenous Peoples, industry and other stakeholders. Consultation with Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the public occurred between December, 2018 and February, 2019.

    Previously referred to as the Biodiversity Stewardship Area Wildland Provincial Park during the consultation period, the area’s new name, Kitaskino Nuwenëné, is both Cree and Dene meaning “our land.”

    The new Wildland Provincial Park covers an area of 161,880 hectares. As a result of feedback received during the consultation period, the final boundary of the park was adjusted to accommodate industrial activities currently taking place in the area. 

    To achieve the broader biodiversity and conservation goals for the area, a collaborative approach between the Government of Alberta, Indigenous communities and industry was taken to determine the land base. By voluntarily relinquishing oilsands and mining leases in response to Indigenous Peoples’ concerns, industry champions Teck Resources, Cenovus Energy and Imperial played a vital role in securing the land base for the new park.

    Management Intent 

    Supports Treaty Rights and Traditional Use

    Existing rights of Indigenous peoples are respected in all Wildland Provincial Parks, which remain open to hunting, trapping, fishing and other traditional use activities. Natural values found in this area and northeastern Alberta are generally described by Indigenous Peoples as important to supporting the distinctive cultures of their communities.

    Initially proposed by Mikisew Cree First Nation, the Wildland Provincial Park will safeguard Indigenous peoples’ way of life while addressing concerns raised in a 2016 UNESCO report on Wood Buffalo National Park.

    Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland will support the exercise of Treaty and harvesting rights for First Nations and approved Metis harvesters, as well as other traditional uses, including cultural activities, for Indigenous Peoples. The area includes many natural values important to Indigenous People’s culture and well-being, including the Ronald Lake bison herd - a critical species for many Indigenous Peoples in the region who share a cultural relationship with the herd.

    Alberta Parks will work closely with interested Indigenous communities and organizations to identify an approach to cooperatively manage the area. Objectives of a cooperative management approach could include:

    • Co-development of a park-specific management plan;
    • Maintaining and supporting Indigenous people’s constitutionally protected rights and traditional-use activities;
    • Protecting and preserving known traditional use sites, cultural areas and historic resources;
    • Exploring economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples through employment with the Government of Alberta; and
    • Potential Indigenous Guardian Program opportunities.


    Conservation

    The park will increase protection of the Peace-Athabasca watershed, while increasing connectivity between existing Wildland Provincial Parks and Wood Buffalo National Park, which is important to maintain ecological integrity and habitats for species at risk like woodland caribou.

    Recreation

    The park would maintain its wild, undeveloped character. Recreation opportunities would focus on wilderness-oriented recreation experiences, hunting and fishing, and experiencing nature with few if any amenities.

    Nature-based recreation opportunities would be focused on remote backcountry experiences where visitors can experience solitude, challenge and personal interaction with nature. Facilities would be limited to trails and rustic backcountry campsites. Nature-based ecotourism or adventure tourism opportunities could be supported. Details of this nature could be identified through future management planning processes. 

     

    Permitted Activities in Wildland Provincial Parks

    Activity

    Permitted Activities –
    Wildland Provincial Park

    Foot Access
    (hiking, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, etc.)

    Yes

    Equestrian Use

    Yes

    Hunting

    Yes

    Fishing

    Yes

    Backcountry Camping

    Yes

    Off-highway Vehicle/Snowmobile Use

    Yes – On existing trails

    Trapping

    Yes

    Existing Petroleum and Natural Gas Commitments
    (Crown Owned)

    Yes

    New Petroleum and Natural Gas
    (Crown Owned)

    Yes, but with no surface access

    Fixed Roof Accommodation

    Maybe – Non-auto access backcountry or fly-in lodges may be permitted if compatible with site values and objectives and restricted to backcountry facility zones 

    Helicopter/Float Plane Landing

    Maybe – A permit for landing is required.

    Auto Access Camping

    No

    Large Scale Tourism Development

    No

    Commercial Forestry

    No

    Coal, Metallic and Industrial Minerals
    (Crown Owned)

    No

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Updated: Mar 11, 2019