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Vehicle Access Closed to Provincial Parks Amid Covid-19. First Nations Members Can Still Access Crown Lands for Food Supply!

Vehicle Access Closed to Provincial Parks Amid Covid-19. First Nations Members Can Still Access Crown Lands for Food Supply!

All provincial recreation areas and provincial parks in Alberta have closed access to vehicles as of Friday, March 27.

The measure is part of the ministerial orders in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, which continues to impact Canada and the rest of the world.

“We understand the need to get outdoors, but now is not the time to visit our provincial parks and recreation areas without abiding by common-sense public health and safety measures,” said Minister of Environment and Parks Jason Nixon in a release from the Province of Alberta.

These restrictions do not apply to First Nations traditional activities and access to Crown Lands for food supply. Members are urged to have their Indian Status cards or Tribal membership ID in case they are questioned by Alberta Conservation officers. Blackfoot Confederacy reminds hunters to always ensure any wild meat is inspected before consuming.

Please note, physical distancing and mass gathering restrictions still apply for everyone.

Enforcement officers will be doing routine checks in provincial parks and on public land to support education and awareness on the temporary closure. Officers can issue fines for non-compliance, if required.

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