The Governments of Canada and PEI, and the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils announce launch of public engagement phase for the creation of a national park reserve in the Pituamkek (Hog Island Sandhills) area of PEI.
June 4, 2021 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Parks Canada
Nature and the wonders of our diverse landscapes inspire Canadians and instill pride in Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. The sand dunes of Pituamkek (pronounced Bee-doo-um-gek) form one of the most ecologically significant coastal dune ecosystems in Eastern Canada and these islands are of important cultural and historic significance to the Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Chief Darlene Bernard and Chief Junior Gould of the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils and Steven Myers, Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Action for Prince Edward Island, launched public consultations as part of the feasibility assessment process to establish a national park reserve in the Pituamkek area (Hog Island Sandhills) of Malpeque Bay, PEI.
Since the August 2019 tripartite announcement, the province of Prince Edward Island, Epikwitk Mi’kmaq and Parks Canada have been assessing the feasibility of the proposed national park reserve in Pituamkek. Parks Canada and L’nuey, on behalf of the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils, have worked diligently to develop consultation materials and a public consultation plan that complies with required public safety measures regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The feasibility of establishing a national park reserve is assessed, in part, through extensive local engagement. This is the public’s opportunity to share their perspectives and ideas, as well as ask questions to learn more about the proposed Pituamkek National Park Reserve. Parks Canada and L’nuey invite partners, stakeholders and the public to provide their input on key aspects such as area histories, current uses and future visions for consideration in establishing this national park reserve through this nation-wide process.
To have your voice heard, please visit the Pituamkek project website at www.parkscanada.gc.ca/pituamkek and visit the Pituamkek Public Survey to participate in the consultation process. Comments are welcomed until July 23, 2021.