Parks Canada is committed to a system of national heritage places that recognizes and honours the historic and contemporary contributions of Indigenous peoples, their histories and cultures, as well as the special relationships Indigenous peoples have with ancestral lands, waters and ice.
Indigenous connections to ancestral lands, waters and ice are reinforced in many heritage places names.
The Indigenous Guardians program supports Indigenous land management and stewardship in their territories based on a cultural responsibility for the land.
Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have been nurturing a long-term relationship with ice, lands and waters, resulting in deep understandings of places and living systems.
Strong relationships with Indigenous partners are essential to Parks Canada’s work and contribute to the process of reconciliation.
Collaborating with Indigenous communities across Canada, Parks Canada and Indigenous peoples are partners in conserving natural and cultural heritage and sharing the stories of these treasured places.
A windstorm at SG̱ang Gwaay Llnagaay became an opportunity to breathe Haida environmental and cultural stewardship into this landscape.
The recovery of the Plains Bison from near extinction is one of the great success stories of wildlife conservation in North America, achieved in collaboration with Indigenous partners.
Community members from Gjoa Haven help protect and monitor two shipwreck sites, integrating Inuit knowledge into site operations.
Parks Canada is committed to ensuring Indigenous connections are honoured, and Indigenous rights are respected.
Parks Canada collaborates with Indigenous communities and organizations in various programs and activities through the use and application of Indigenous approaches and Indigenous Knowledge systems in the management of heritage places.
Indigenous tourism experiences
Learn first-hand about First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, traditions, and connections to the lands, water and ice. Listen to Indigenous voices share their stories, rich in history and culture.
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- Calls to Action made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- National Indigenous History Month
- Learn more about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Canada
- Parks Canada Charter in Indigenous languages
- This Week in History
- Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
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