OTTAWA, June 19, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today issued the following statement highlighting the passing of Qausuittuq National Park of Canada Act in the House of Commons:
"Our Government is committed to protecting the rich cultural heritage of Inuit and ensuring economic benefits for Nunavummiut.
"On Monday, June 15th, our Government introduced Qausuittuq National Park of Canada Act to create Canada's 45th national park. Qausuittuq, on northern Bathurst Island in Nunavut, will join Canada's system of national parks – one of the finest and most extensive networks of protected natural areas in the world.
"This new proposed national park will protect the area's natural and cultural heritage, including the endangered Peary caribou and other wildlife, and will ensure that this magnificent part of Canada can continue to be enjoyed for generations.
"In addition to protecting one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the proposed new park will support local employment and business as well as contribute to the protection of Inuit cultural practices and traditional economy.
"I am especially excited about Qausuittuq National Park on Bathurst Island because we're working hand-in-hand with local Inuit. The Impact Benefits Agreement with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association will ensure that Inuit not only directly benefit from the creation of the Park, but are also part of its management.
"Today, the House of Commons unanimously supported our Government's bill – which is a clear demonstration of the Government's leadership in protecting our environment. As the bill makes its way to the Senate, I would like to encourage all senators to support Qausuittuq National Park of Canada Act for our environment and for Northerners."
SOURCE Parks Canada
For further information: Contacts: Jonathan Lefebvre, Office of the Minister of the Environment, 819-997-1441; Media Relations, Parks Canada, 1-855-862-1812, www.twitter.com/parkscanada