Parks Canada PEI Presents the Park Promise
Good morning PTAG members,
Pleased to share with you the launch the Park Promise, an initiative grounded in First Nations teachings encouraging visitors to protect and conserve natural spaces in Prince Edward Island National Park and beyond.
The Park Promise is a call to action/promise pledging to be better environmental stewards of the land. Parks Canada worked closely with PEI’s poet laureate, Julie Pellissier-Lush, a Mi’kmaq Knowledge Keeper, to pull together First Nations teachings and our own hopes for a healthier, more sustainable future into the words, images, and sounds that have become our Park Promise.
As stewards of PEI National Park, Parks Canada is passionate about the preservation of Canada’s ecosystems and the species that call them home. We know our visitors care too. Canadians love their national parks and we know they want to see them go on indefinitely. It was in this caring devotion for Prince Edward Island National Park and the environment in general that the roots of the Park Promise began.
The Park Promise demonstrates how anyone can make a positive difference by caring for themselves and the environment.
Throughout 2021 and beyond, Parks Canada will be using the Park Promise to engage residents and visitors in creating more environmentally friendly habits when experiencing the park in the hopes those new behaviours can translate into even bigger steps toward more sustainable actions overall.
With today being National Indigenous People’s Day, Parks Canada has launched the Park Promise online– please visit us at parkscanada.gc.ca/pei-parkpromise to discover the Park Promise for yourself. You will be able to make the Promise online and you will in turn receive a certificate via email a symbol of your commitment. Participants are invited to share their Promise on social media – this can be an image of the certificate or demonstration of concrete stewardship action (#parkpromise). The Park Promise is also posted on our Facebook site: www.facebook.com/peinationalpark Finally, if you tune in to APTN today, you may capture segments of the Park Promisevideo. (Also – we have two versions of the video – link is on the webpage – my personal favourite is the campfire version.)
Together, we can make a difference for our park and our environment!