The Hog Island National Park Reserve Feasibility Study
On August 14, 2019, the PEI Mi’kmaq Governments of Lennox Island and Abegweit, along with the Government of Canada, announced a feasibility assessment to establish a national park reserve in the Hog Island Sandhills chain in northwestern Prince Edward Island.
The Hog Island Sandhills are very special to the Mi’kmaq people. The proposed national park would protect and preserve this special place, including its nature and its cultural sites for the Mi’kmaq, all Islanders and future generations of Canadians.
The Government of Canada and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island, together with the Government of Prince Edward Island, along with the Island Nature Trust and Nature Conservancy Canada will participate in the feasibility assessment.
The Feasibility Study will include consultations with key stakeholders, communities and the public, as well as technical studies that analyse ecological, cultural and socio-economic information.
The study will determine whether or not creating a Hog Island – Sandhills National Park Reserve is feasible and, if so, defining the scope of the Park and outlining a path forward.
The PEI First Nations have agreed to collaborate on the Feasibility Study.
The study is a step toward creation of a National Park, a decision to proceed will be determined by the results of the Feasibility Study.
There will be extensive public consultation; including, the engagement of the PEI Mi’kmaq. The First Nations governments have proposed the study and support the idea; the community engagement will seek detailed First Nations community feedback, as well as broad public input.
A major component of the Study will be community consultation and engagement to ensure that any concerns are addressed and that there is Mi’kmaq community support to protect the lands through a National Park.
The study will start in the fall of 2019 and will include extensive consultation and numerous technical studies. It is hoped that the study will be complete in 2-3 years.
One objective of the Study is to define and recommend the size and scope of the proposed National Park Reserve.
The study will include the assessment of potential social, environment and economic benefits of the proposed Park.
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