June 4, 2021 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Parks Canada
Nature and the wonders of our diverse landscapes inspire Canadians and instill pride in Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. The sand dunes of Pituamkek (pronounced Bee-doo-um-gek) form one of the most ecologically significant coastal dune ecosystems in Eastern Canada and these islands are of important cultural and historic significance to the Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Chief Darlene Bernard and Chief Junior Gould of the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils and Steven Myers, Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Action for Prince Edward Island, launched public consultations as part of the feasibility assessment process to establish a national park reserve in the Pituamkek area (Hog Island Sandhills) of Malpeque Bay, PEI.
Since the August 2019 tripartite announcement, the province of Prince Edward Island, Epikwitk Mi’kmaq and Parks Canada have been assessing the feasibility of the proposed national park reserve in Pituamkek. Parks Canada and L’nuey, on behalf of the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils, have worked diligently to develop consultation materials and a public consultation plan that complies with required public safety measures regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.