Wildland provincial parks serve to protect and conserve natural heritage and provide opportunities for backcountry recreation compatible with the overall plan for the park. For information on the proposed permitted uses please see the table on the public website.
Proposals for the Biodiversity Stewardship Area-Wildland Provincial Park
Support Treaty Rights and Traditional Use
The BSA-WPP is proposed to help support the exercise of Treaty rights and traditional uses, and protection of Indigenous culture, well-being, and to conserve natural values and species in the area into the future. The proposed Wildland Provincial Park will allow for the exercise of Treaty rights and other traditional uses, including cultural activities, for First Nations, as well as harvesting activities for approved Metis harvesters.
This type of park is specifically established for the conservation of nature and associated cultural features with opportunities for backcountry or remote backcountry recreation and experiencing nature in a relatively undisturbed state. Wildland Provincial Parks protect large, ecologically healthy and functioning landscapes that are representative of Alberta’s natural diversity. Management of Wildland Provincial Parks is well suited to cooperative management approaches with local Indigenous communities. Cooperative management approach could include:
- Maintaining and supporting Indigenous People’s constitutionally protected rights and traditional-use activities;
- Protecting and preserving known traditional use sites, cultural areas and historic resources;
- Exploring economic opportunities for Indigenous Peoples through employment with the Government of Alberta; and
- Potential Indigenous Guardian Program opportunities
The park would maintain its rustic, undeveloped character and continue to permit high quality backcountry experiences. Recreation opportunities would focus on wilderness-oriented recreation experiences, hunting and fishing, and experiencing nature with few if any amenities. This experience would vary on whether visitors are accessing the north, west or south areas of the park.