Issue 14 | June 2018
Kwe! Welcome to the Land of Fog National Indigenous Peoples Day is just around the corner. As the longest day of the year, June 21 is the time of year many Indigenous Peoples groups have chosen to celebrate their culture and heritage. We’re proud to help tell the Indigenous story at our Parks Canada places. For example, new this year to Cape Breton Highlands National Park is a program called Pjila’si Unama’ki! Come chat with Mary Louise Bernard, Parks Canada interpreter and former Chief of the Wagmatcook First Nation, to learn about the Mi’kmaq and their culture, and to find out what is going on in the five vibrant Indigenous communities of Unama’ki (Cape Breton). The program is available Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. at the Chéticamp visitor centre.
Learn to-Camp Think you might want to experience the joy of camping overnight but just need a helping hand? Register for the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site‘s learn-to camp event on June 23-24, 2018! This two-day event offers you the opportunity to learn how to plan and enjoy safe and successful camping trips. Workshops will be held on camping-related skills: how to set up a tent and what to pack. Participants also have the opportunity to enjoy exciting interpretive programs and other Parks Canada activities. Hear traditional tales from Mi’kmaq storytellers and together celebrate Canada’s Indigenous peoples and heritage. Campers will pitch their tent in the courtyard of the King’s Bastion, share stories around the campfire and spend the night under the star-filled sky inside the 18th century fortress walls. All you need is your appetite, sleeping bag and curiosity. Tents will be provided. The cost is $29.30 per person (children 5 and under: free). This includes activities, supper, breakfast in the period restaurant and snacks. For more information or to register, call 902-733-3552.
Keep it wild, Keep it safe Ever hear of a bear jam? It’s a traffic jam caused by people stopped to look at nearby bears. If you come across a bear jam, or any other traffic jam due to nearby wildlife, drive by slowly. If you decide to stop, pull over safely without blocking the road and make it a brief stay. Watch wildlife from afar and preferably from the safety of your car. This is the best way to stay safe and minimize your impact on wildlife. It’s also important to never feed wildlife. Feeding wildlife in a national park is actually illegal. Once an animal gets used to human food, it becomes a risk to public safety, and may have to be destroyed. For example, if they lose their “wild” instincts, they’re more likely to venture closer to campgrounds and nearby communities and become dependent on human food. They might also get too accustomed to traffic and be struck by a vehicle. Keep a safe a distance from wildlife; respect their space. Help us keep the “wild” in wildlife.