Canadian Parks Conference: Parks, Protected Areas, Open Spaces and Public Spaces

I just came back from the Canadian Parks Conference set in Canada’s first national park, Banff, Alberta. The days were filled with amazing presentations and I had the opportunity to meet so many incredible and passionate people. And yes, despite the cold temperatures, I made sure to get out and enjoy the beautiful Rocky Mountains. In fact, I climbed Tunnel Mountain on my first day! The Conference started Wednesday evening with an opening presentation by Chief Dave Courchene followed by a celebration with Treaty 7 Indigenous dancers and drummers. There was a common thread running through the conference about the importance of Indigenous leadership for conservation and protected areas, echoed by Indigenous leaders, conservationists, high profile Canadians and even by… read more →