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Proposed Big Island Provincial Park

June 30, 2022

The Government of Alberta, the Enoch Cree Nation and the City of Edmonton are proposing to establish Big Island Provincial Park. The park will contain a section in Southwest Edmonton along the North Saskatchewan River, and be managed cooperatively by the three governments.

Alberta Wilderness Association supports designation of Big Island Provincial Park. This designation will help conserve the sensitive river valley ecosystem and protect an area of parkland, a region that remains severely under-represented in Alberta’s protected areas network. Given the history of the area, AWA welcomes the collaborative management and the inclusion of the Enoch Cree Nation. The designation of Big Island could allow greater reconciliation, as well as providing progress on the protection of parkland in Alberta.

 

Read AWA’s letter to Alberta Environment and Parks on Big Island Provincial Park here.

The Government of Alberta is seeking engagement on the proposed park until August 21. More details on the proposal and engagement can be found at Alberta.ca/BigIsland.

A healthy relationship to the wilderness is not in the least incompatible with civilized living. Indeed, I believe it to be an indispensable condition thereof; that no man is truly civilized unless he is involved in and cares for the wilderness.
- Ashley Montagu, 1969
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