New agreement under Parks Canada’s Open Doors Program offers Métis Nation – Saskatchewan citizens free access to National Parks and Historic Sites in Saskatchewan

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Parks Canada and Métis Nation - Saskatchewan signed the agreement in front of the Gabriel Dumont Statue at Friendship Park in Saskatoon. From left: Calvert Martin, Northern Prairies Field Unit Superintendent; Penny Hurton, MN-S Minister of Tourism; Adriana Bacheschi, Saskatchewan South Field Unit Superintendent; Métis Elder Norman Fleury; Glen McCallum, MN-S President; Gerald Morin, MN-S Vice-President.

The program will offer MN-S citizens free entry to Grasslands and Prince Albert National Parks as well as Batoche, Fort Battleford, Fort Walsh and Motherwell Homestead National Historic Sites

July 17, 2020                       Saskatoon, Saskatchewan                         Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada and Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MN-S) are pleased to announce that MN-S citizens will have free access to all Parks Canada administered locations in Saskatchewan beginning July 17, 2020.

Working together with Indigenous groups across Canada, Parks Canada and Indigenous peoples are partners in conserving natural and cultural heritage and sharing the stories of these treasured places. Parks Canada is committed to a system of national heritage places that recognizes and honours the contributions of Indigenous peoples, their histories and cultures, as well as the special relationships Indigenous peoples have with traditional lands and waters. Métis Nation – Saskatchewan is pleased to have reached this agreement with Parks Canada which will support the traditional connection Métis people have to Saskatchewan’s protected places.

To gain complimentary entry to locations operated by Parks Canada in Saskatchewan, MN-S citizens will receive a specially-designed pass in the near future.  In the interim period, MN-S Citizenship Cards can be presented upon arriving at a national park or historic site in Saskatchewan. Upon presentation of the Citizenship Card, Parks Canada will provide MN-S citizens with free entry for the duration of their visit.

The health and safety of visitors and employees is of utmost importance to the Government of Canada. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and continues to make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors to Parks Canada’s places in Saskatchewan should follow the advice of public health experts, including necessary hygiene practices and physical distancing of two metres from others. 

Quotes

“Reconciliation is a top priority for the Government of Canada. Today’s agreement with the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan is an important step towards honouring our commitment to renewed relationships with Indigenous peoples, based on a recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.”

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

“Métis people have always respected the land.  With today’s agreement, Métis citizens can explore the beauty of our province’s green spaces and connect with the land that binds us together as Métis people and as Canadians.”

Glen McCallum
President, Métis Nation – Saskatchewan

“Métis Nation – Saskatchewan is pleased to be engaging with Parks Canada in an MOU on behalf of our Métis citizens to be able to have free admission into all national parks and historical sites in the province operated by Parks Canada.”

Penny Hurton
Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Minister of Tourism

Quick facts

  • The Open Doors Program with MN-S will remain in effect until March 31, 2026. The Agreement will be up for review and renewal in 2026.

  • This agreement is in effect at Grasslands and Prince Albert National Parks; Batoche, Fort Battleford and Motherwell Homestead National Historic Sites.

  • Other fees for attractions or services such as camping or special programs, or any other levies associated with national park or national historic site use, other than entry, still apply.

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Contacts

Moira Kelly
Press Secretary     
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
819-271-6218
moira.kelly@canada.ca

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency
855-862-1812
pc.media-media.pc@canada.ca

Rena Montgomerie
MN-S Senior Communications Officer
306-250-1092
r.montgomerie@mns.work


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