National Urban Park in preparation for the City of Edmonton – Edmonton

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Although there is still much work to be done, the process of obtaining a National Urban Park for the City of Edmonton is underway.

On Monday, the pre-feasibility phase of building the park was launched by Tourism Minister Randy Boissonnault on behalf of Steven Guilbeault, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

The city and Parks Canada will work closely with Indigenous partners to ensure that a national urban park in the Edmonton area showcases Indigenous stewardship, voices and stories and provides opportunities for connection with land and water, based on indigenous knowledge and values, according to a press release.

At present, it is still unclear where the urban park will be located or what will be designated as part of the park — it could be the entire river valley or sections of the creek.

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“Indigenous peoples have a deep connection to the land, so I’m grateful for this development,” said Chief Tony Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation.

“Having a national urban park in Treaty 6 territory would not only provide space to connect with the land, but also provide opportunities for healing and cultural celebration for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

“It’s a step in the right direction towards reconciliation.”


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Edmonton plans to create a national urban park


Edmonton plans to create a national urban park – November 15, 2021

Other dignitaries at the announcement included Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi, Chief Tony Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and representative of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and Audrey Poitras, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta.

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If the park gets the green light, it would mean better access to green spaces for Edmontonians. The press release says the park would also create jobs, strengthen the local economy and complement the city of Edmonton’s tourism industry.

“Edmontonians are united by our love of nature and the outdoors,” said Mayor Sohi, adding that proximity to natural spaces increases overall well-being and connection.

“We are so fortunate to have an incredible amount of green space in our city, including the largest continuous area of ​​urban parks in the country. I look forward to partnering with Parks Canada, the Confederacy of First Nations of Treaty Six and to the Métis Nation of Alberta for continuing our longstanding stewardship of this land for the enjoyment of all.


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Mayoral candidates weigh in on possible National Urban Parks designation for Edmonton River Valley


Mayoral candidates weigh in on possible National Urban Parks designation for the Edmonton River Valley – August 12, 2021

A victory for nature

The National Urban Parks Program – announced in August 2021 – aims to protect biodiversity and conserve 25% of land and inland waters and 25% of marine and coastal areas by 2025, with a view to reaching 30 % by 2030.

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Since nature and urban green spaces provide habitat for animals, including species at risk, and can serve as critical corridors for wildlife, the urban park would help keep these necessities for wildlife intact.

The potential park would also benefit Canada’s commitment to its climate change goals by sequestering carbon.

In addition to the City of Edmonton, Parks Canada has signed statements of cooperation with the Meewasin Valley Authority and the municipalities of Winnipeg, MB, Halifax, NS. and Windsor, Ont. The organization is also working with others to identify potential city park sites in various locations, including Colwood, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec.


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Whitemud Park will soon be home to Kihciy Askiy, the first urban Indigenous cultural site in Canada


Whitemud Park will soon host kihciy askiy, the 1st urban Indigenous cultural site in Canada – Nov 5, 2021

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