2015 Aboriginal Entry Fees

2015 Jurisdictional Scan: Aboriginal Entry Fees
Does your jurisdiction offer free vehicle entrance for Aboriginal Peoples?
JURISDICTIONREPLIEDYES/NOCONTACT NAME
B.C PARKSX  
ALBERTA PARKSX  
SASKATCHEWAN PARKSYESBob McEachern
COMMENTS: Saskatchewan provides free vehicle entrance for Aboriginal peoples to practice traditional rights (hunt, trap, fish, gather).No discount for nontraditional uses/services
MANITOBA PARKSX  
ONTARIO PARKSYESPat Walsh
COMMENTS: Memo to field staff from the Managing Director lays out approach for Ontario Parks (link in resource list below)Interim Guidelines referenced in the memo (link in resources below)
SEPAQ (QUEBEC)  X  
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADORNOSian French
COMMENTS:
NOVA SCOTIAX  
PARKS NEW BRUNSWICKInquiring Jurisdiction Brigitte Donald
P.E.I PARKSNot ApplicableShane Arbing
COMMENTS: PEI does not charge a vehicle entry fee to their Parks
GOVERNMENT OF NORTHWEST TERRITORIESX  
NUNAVUT PARKSYESDavid Monteith
COMMENTS: Inuit have free access whether it be ATV, vehicle or snowmobile
YUKON PARKSNot ApplicableEric Schroff
COMMENTS: Vehicle access to Yukon parks and recreation areas is free for all. Overnight use campground user fees apply to all
PARKS CANADAYESJean-Pierre Contant
COMMENTS: Parks Canada has two mechanisms through which we offer free entry in certain situations to Aboriginal peoples. However, neither of them apply to all Parks Canada locations. Both are on an individual basis.   The first is a statement in our User Fee and Revenue Management Policy which states that “user fees will not be charged for Aboriginal people engaged in traditional spiritual and ceremonial activities pursuant to agreements with neighbouring aboriginal communities or regional tribal councils or as specified in land claim agreements, treaties or park establishment agreements.”   The second mechanism is more recent and not limited to land claim agreements, treaties or park establishment agreements. It is through our pilot Aboriginal Peoples Open Doors program. Any Parks Canada location can participate in this pilot program if they choose. The Aboriginal Peoples Open Doors program is intended to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal communities that have historic ties to a Parks Canada location. As such, it offers free entry to members of specific communities to a specific park or site. It is not intended to offer free entry to Aboriginal people to all PC locations.  

Response Rate: 7/13 for 54%

Key Findings:

  • Many jurisdictions have policies in place for free vehicle entry for Indigenous Peoples
  • These policies are most often associated with traditional land use
  • Some jurisdictions do not charge vehicle entry fees for anyone

Future Questions to Ask:

  • Should Indigenous Peoples have free access to all Parks and Protected Areas? How would that be coordinated across jurisdictions? What would this kind of policy look like?

Links to Resources: