Episode 22 A Century of Parks Canada: May 16, 2011
On May 19, 2011, Parks Canada celebrates its 100th anniversary, commemorating its founding in 1911 as the worldâ€™s first national parks service. Preceding the creation of the National Park Service in the United States by more than five years, the federal government of Canada created a new unit within the Department of the Interior, known as the Dominion Parks Branch, to oversee and administer the countryâ€™s forest reserves and a nascent assemblage of western national parks. Over the course of the next century this government agency would, as Canadian historian Claire Campbell writes, â€œconvince Canadians that in their national parks resided the true wealth of a kingdom.â€
In recognition of this occasion, the Network in Canadian History and Environment sponsored the publication of a new edited collection called A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011 that explores episodes of Canadaâ€™s national parks history from coast to coast to coast. This book is the first to be published in NiCHEâ€™s Canadian History and Environment series in partnership with the University of Calgary Press as an open access publication. Listeners can download a digital copy and order a print copy today from the book’s website.
This book features the work of leading environmental history researchers who met to circulate papers covering a range of topics in Canadian national parks history, including wildlife management, archaeology, Aboriginal peoples and parks policy, population displacement, auto-tourism, and hunting.
On this episode of the podcast, we speak with the editor of A Century of Parks Canada, Claire Campbell, and two of the contributing authors, George Colpitts and Gwynn Langemann.
Please be sure to take a moment and review this podcast on our iTunes page.
Visit the main page at http://niche-canada.org/naturespast
- Sean Kheraj, Canadian History & Environment
- Claire Elizabeth Campbell, ed. A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011 (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2011).