Parks Canada, Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq Negotiate to Co-Manage P.E.I. National Park

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Parks Canada and the Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq are in the process of negotiating an agreement for co-management of P.E.I. National Park.

As per a report, in a joint statement, the parties stated that the negotiations referred to as Rights Reconciliation Agreements, recognize and respect Indigenous rights and interests under the Peace and Friendship Treaties in Parks Canada-administered places in the province.

“Guided by the treaty principles of peace and friendship, collaboration and respect, the Mi’kmaq and Parks Canada are co-developing a new way to move forward in partnership in a way that honors Mi’kmaq ancestors and the parties’ responsibilities to each other and the Lands,” the statement said.

The agreement for co-operative management includes Mi’kmaw stewardship and the presentation of Mi’kmaw culture and history in natural heritage places administered by Parks Canada on P.E.I.

According to the parties, additional details will be announced as soon as the agreement is completed.

In an earlier statement, L’nuey said the partnership would create opportunities for the Mi’kmaq in P.E.I., including employment and training, resource management, and tourism opportunities.

This story originally appeared on Yahoo.

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