First Nations and National Parks

On behalf of the Sencot’en Alliance–an alliance of four Coast Salish First Nations–ELC student Carly Chunick has prepared a report intended to be used as a tool in the participation of First Nations in the planning and management of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

Chunick’s 47-page report outlines Parks Canada’s policies and procedures for fulfilling their legal obligations to Aboriginal peoples and sets out the legal framework for interactions between government and First Nations. Several models for the participation in national parks management are included in the report as well as potential content for agreements between First Nations and Parks Canada.

Although prepared for the Senco’ten Alliance, this report may prove useful to other Aboriginal groups affected by Canadian national parks. Groups negotiating agreements with Parks Canada may want to consider the models and suggested agreement content in the report.

Read Carly Chunick’s Report