On June 21, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Parks Canada will be launching the Park Promise.
As stewards of PEI National Park, Parks Canada is passionate about the preservation of Canada’s ecosystems and the species that call them home. They provide education about areas and their sensitivities, monitor conditions and species, track impacts of weather on flora and fauna, and cautiously intervene when necessary.
Parks Canada know that their visitors care too. It was in this caring devotion for PEI National Park, and the environment in general, that the roots of the Park Promise began. Parks Canada worked closely with PEI’s poet laureate, Julie Pellissier-Lush, an elder from Lennox Island First Nation, to pull together Indigenous teachings and their own hopes for a healthier, more sustainable future into the words, images, and sounds that have become their Park Promise.
The Park Promise is a poem grounded in First Nations teachings and symbolism and relates it to ways that everyone can make a positive difference by caring for themselves and the environment.
Throughout 2021 and beyond, Parks Canada PEI will be using the Promise to engage residents and visitors in creating more environmentally friendly habits when experiencing the park, with the hope that new behaviours will translate into even bigger steps toward more sustainable actions overall.
In a call to action, everyone is invited to take the Promise to acknowledge their commitment to environment.
Islanders are encouraged to visit parkscanada.gc.ca/pei-parkpromise to discover the Park Promise for themselves. Visitors will be able to make the Promise online and will in turn receive a certificate via email as a symbol of their commitment. Participants are invited to share their Promise on social media using #parkpromise. This can be an image of the certificate or demonstration of concrete stewardship action.