Section 1: Canada National Parks Act

Section 2: The Prime Minister's Mandate Letters

Section 3: Parks Canada Charter

Section 4: CB Highlands National Park Management Plan 

Section 1

Canada National Parks Act Excerpt

Parks dedicated to public

4 (1) The National Parks of Canada are hereby dedicated to the people of Canada for their benefit, education and enjoyment, subject to this Act and the regulations, and the Park shall be maintained and made use of so as to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.

Note: The Cape Breton Highlands National Park has done an excellent job of resolving this conundrum by using existing trails, farm sites, et al so as not to imperil the ecology of the Park. The site of the NFNM, at Green Cove, was the location of a fishing station (1500's) and a village from the 1870's to the year of expropriation in the late 1930's. Today, Green Cove has a paved parking lot and a boardwalk which is built mostly on the rubble from the construction of the iconic Cabot Trail. 

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Section 2:

 Excerpts from the Prime Minister`s Mandate Letter to the Environment Minister:

“Canadians need to have faith in their government’s honesty and willingness to listen. We have also committed to set a higher bar for openness and transparency in government. It is important that we acknowledge mistakes when we make them. You must uphold a highest standard of honesty and impartiality. We have committed to an open, honest government that is accountable to Canadians and lives up to the highest ethical standards.”

“As minister, you will include: close collaboration with your colleagues and not-for-profit and charitable sectors; and identify ways to find solutions and avoid escalating conflicts unnecessarily. You will develop Parks Canada programs and services so that more Canadians can experience our National Parks and learn more about our environment and heritage. Where possible, work with nearby communities to help grow local eco-tourism industries and create jobs.”


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Minister of Environment and Climate Change Mandate Letter:

Excerpts from the Prime Minister`s Mandate Letter to the Heritage Minister, Melanie Joly:

“I expect you, in your work, to bring Canadians together. As Minister of Canadian Heritage, your overarching goal will be to implement our government’s plan to strengthen our cultural and creative industries. Our cultural sector is an enormous source of strength to the Canadian economy. Canada’s stories, shaped by our immense diversity, deserve to be celebrated and shared with the world.”

We have a commitment to grow the economy and I expect all ministers to do their part - individually and collectively - to improve economic opportunity and security for Canadians...and provide jobs in our cultural and creative sectors. You are to work with the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities to make significant new investment in cultural infrastructure as part of our investment in social infrastructure.

“It will be your responsibility to review current plans for CANADA 150 and champion government-wide efforts to promote this important celebration and provide jobs and economic opportunities in our cultural and creative sectors.”


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Minister of Canadian Heritage Mandate Letter:

Section 3:

Parks Canada Charter:


"On behalf of the people of Canada, we protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure the ecological and commemorative integrity of these places for present and future generations."


2) "We are guides to visitors from around the world, opening doors to places of discovery and learning, reflection and recreation."

4) "We are storytellers recounting the history of our land and our people - the stories of Canada."

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Parks Canada Charter:

Section 4:

The Management Plan for Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada provides strategic direction for achieving Parks Canada’s mandate, namely: protection of Ecological and Cultural resources; the facilitation of meaningful visitor's experiences; and fostering public appreciation and understanding of Parks Canada's heritage places.

CB Highlands National Park Management Plan Exerpts and Comments:

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Cape Breton Highlands National Park - Management Plan: