CPCIL Webinar: Speaking Histories about Parks and Protected Areas (Recorded)

Recording of Webinar

Facing many changes and opportunities, the stories of parks and protected areas need to be shared, understood—and reconsidered—to reflect the role of parks in efforts of conservation, connection, and now Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

This webinar was the result of a CPCIL invitation to present the national history of parks and protected areas in Canada, while including the perspective of an Indigenous scholar reconnecting to their land and language. One of the panelists is a biologist and manager in federal protected areas, while the other an Indigenous languages advocate whose ancestors had been removed from what is now referred to as Wood Buffalo National Park. Both presenters hope to spark a meaningful conversation about the historical contexts of parks and protected areas, and the involvement and inclusion of Indigenous Peoples and their rights when co-developing parks and protected areas.


Olaf Jensen

Protected Areas Program Director        

Canadian Wildlife Service                     

Kyle Napier

Dene/nêhiyaw Métis

Northwest Territory Métis Nation

CPCIL Webinar on Accessibility and Inclusion in Parks (Recording)

Nature has no building code, but everyone belongs outdoors.

This webinar explored approaches to accessibility and inclusion in parks and protected areas, from modifying the facilities to adapting the experience. From the east coast, explore Parks Canada’s work creating barrier-free park facilities and experiences, and from the west coast learn about the inclusive programs delivered by Power to Be. Discover how inclusion takes innovation, commitment, and teamwork.



Tara McNally MacPhee, @taramcnallymacphee Manager of Visitor Experience, Prince Edward Island National Park, Parks Canada

Carinna Kenigsberg Manager of Community Partnerships Power To Be, British Columbia

This webinar is part of the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership program to host a webinar on the first Thursday of each month.

Links to Resources

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Programs and Organizations

Power to Be Society PowerToBe.ca
Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) AdaptiveAdventures.ca
Rocky Mountain Adaptive RockyMountainAdaptive.com 
Alberta Abilities Lodges/Coyote Lake Lodge aals.ca
Access Advisor AccessAdvisor.ca
Rick Hansen Foundation RickHansen.com


British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society
Bowhead Corp
Bowhead Reach Adaptive Chair
Sand Rider Beach Chair sandriderusa.com
Mobi-Mat Beach Mat mobi-mat.com
Access Trax Beach Mat accesstraxsd.com


Parks Canada Design Guidelines for Accessible Outdoor Recreation Facilities
BC Parks Universal Design Guide
Alberta Parks Inclusion Plan
Capital Region District of Victoria Guide to User-Friendly Trails
Intermunicipal Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (IACDI)
Naturally Accessible
Dr. Helen Smith, New South Wales
Dr. Helen Smith
Churchill Fellowship World Tour
California State Parks Accessibility Guidelines (2015)
United States Access Board Design for Outdoor Developed Areas