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Opportunities to visit Sable Island National Park Reserve will always be limited by its remote location.  However its rich natural and cultural histories have sparked interest and imagination around the globe. Parks Canada is interested in sharing inclusive and diverse stories of Sable Island’s cultural and natural heritage, including the perspectives of the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia, artists and researchers with all of Canadians. As part of this objective, we are looking into ways of creating opportunities for people to connect with and learn about Sable Island without having to travel there. In addition, Parks Canada recognizes the need to present Sable Island’s stories to future generations in a way that is relevant to our country’s increasingly diverse and urban population.

What could Parks Canada do on its own, or in cooperation with others, to better share Sable Island’s natural and cultural heritage with diverse and urban populations, including youth?

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  • Group - QueensU - YA - 7 5 months ago
    • Have outreach teams spread information about Sable Island• Have a Virtual Reality tour of the Island, like the google maps street view but more in depth done by a professional media team.• Have multiple life-streamed cameras on the Island so the urban population can check in and see the horses, seals or activity on the Island. • Have a media person on the Island to produce videos and Vlog style videos of the resource conservation teams and student researchers working and talking about their work. • Run a program on the Island for visitors to come and volunteer on the Resource Conservation team for a day or two and learn about the Island first hand.
  • Ottawa Let's Talk 5 months ago
    - Implementing the guardian program could be a way to share the history of the island.- The island has so many interesting stories that would be interest to an urban/diverse/youth population: info about how the horses got to the island, about shipwrecks and visitors to the island, the history of the lifesaving stations- To let people contribute to the island’s history, people could be invited to name foals born on the island.- Another way to share the island’s heritage could be to put cameras at notable places on the island to share as a live stream. Or to create stuffed toys of seals, horses, and birds that live on the island.- A museum with information and ways to interact with the island could be a great way to share info. An art, photography, or other exhibit could travel to different cities to share the island’s history with everyone.
  • Group - Friends of Sable Island - 322 5 months ago
    1. Sable Island is geographically located approximately 300 kilometres off the coast of Nova Scotia. Parks Canada should build a strong partnership with the provincial government of Nova Scotia to promote its shared natural and cultural heritage. Examples include: work with Nova Scotia Tourism to promote all the ways to experience Sable Island without travelling to the Island itself; enhance the horse exhibit at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park; develop a Sable Island story to show at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic’s SeaDome; and, share new Sable Island artefacts with museums to enhance current exhibits and build new ones. 2. Artists of all disciplines are valuable allies in developing virtual tours and experiences. A sampling of ideas include: work with the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative to encourage a series of “Sable Island Shorts”; develop a “Sable Island” category at the Atlantic Film Festival each year; find a sponsor for an opera workshop with a Sable Island theme; and, partner with a high-profile artist to hold a workshop to encourage artwork inspired by Sable Island. Promote the work of artists from all formats including films, books, and videos. Consider using platforms like, “Heritage Minutes” and a travelling exhibit for sharing stories to reach more people world-wide. 3. Youth are our future so encourage learning about Sable Island and what it teaches us about the world. Develop with partners a school curriculum featuring Sable Island from Primary to Grade 12 – subjects for which lesson plans could be created include history, geography, biology, political science, economics, geology, tourism, music, art, english, and more. Support scholarships for students who demonstrate a keen interest in Sable Island to develop future caretakers for the Island. Find opportunities to take students to the Island as volunteers. Work with the universities to encourage and support student involvement in research projects. Support conferences and other events that provide opportunities for youth to showcase their experiences of and learnings from Sable Island. 4. Partner with others to develop a guidebook for Sable Island that identifies where and how to see Sable Island without travelling there. Contents would include the exhibits at the Museum of Natural History, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. Contents could also include where to find historical records (such as the Nova Scotia Public Archives) and artwork, a list of films/video-documentaries/movies about Sable Island, and writings and music inspired by Sable Island. 5. Establish in partnership with others an interpretation centre or adventure centre on the mainland. Such a centre would be a “way-finder” that covers as many facets of Sable Island as possible – broadly but not in-depth. It would be the first place to go to learn about and experience Sable Island, and would be rich with suggestions on where and how to see more (building on the guidebook contents from above). A suggested partner is the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax as they plan for their new building. 6. Conduct more research on the people who worked and lived on the Island over the years, including those special few who were born on the Island. Collect oral histories and stories. Build on the stories submitted during this consultation process by establishing a portal or registry for people and organizations to continue to share their connections as submissions or links to sources. 7. Design a “Sable Island Ambassador” program to recognize those who have been active in sharing their connection to Sable Island and to encourage and support them in continuing to do so. 8. Work with others to prepare an application for National Historic Site designation for the Island. This additional level of recognition of the national significance of Sable Island will help protect and present it more broadly. 9. Encourage and support a broad variety of opportunities for people to share their experiences of Sable Island. These can range from scientific conferences where researchers present their work for peer review to public presentations for community groups, other nature groups, school classes, etc… Support from Parks Canada can be as simple as sharing information on their website and social media to participation by staff in the event.
  • University of Calgary Parks Canada Club - 6 5 months ago
    1.Education: National Parks should become a part of student learning. The history and people of the National Parks can be taught in class rooms. We feel that their rich history is often missed as part of the curriculum. This could inspire conservation and interest in the parks. 2. Clubs: Promote more clubs to take action in the preservation of National Parks such as Sable Island. 3. Traveling/ Pop-up museum exhibits: Using artifacts and stories of settlers, etc to tell the story of the National Parks. For Sable Island this could be a good way to highlight the ship wrecks and the people who tried to settle on the island. Also include the local Indigenous peoples and unique ecosystems and physical geography such as the sand dunes. 4. Virtual Reality: Could be a part of the traveling museum exhibit and provided online. For marketing conservation of Sable Island the material could be used in VR for relaxation and to de-stress. 5. Spotlight Park: Parks Canada can pick a park each year to spotlight. This could raise more awareness for harder to access parks and less known parks, as well as the work being done with them and their importance to their area. 6. Youth Research Opportunities: Open up research on the island to include students of university, college, and younger. They can share their work on social media platforms and garner interest in their peers as a requirement. 7. Use visual means to share Sable Island. More videos like the one posted by CBC. The island is cool enough that its visuals will get people interested in its uniqueness and cute animals. 8. Have a website with all available information about Sable Island. Where updates on the island's condition and condition of the species is available and where anyone can learn about new conservation efforts and research being conducted on the island.
  • Cindy Clancey 5 months ago
    I have always been fascinated by the legacy of the Lifesaving Station on Sable Island....I believe there should be a tribute to the brave men ,women and horses located on the Hfx waterfront in the form of a statue or art piece. I also believe that an effort should be made to record the experiences of light keeping families who worked on the island while they are still alive.
  • UPEI Campus Club - 10 5 months ago
    Have a Sable Island Facebook, where the people who are on Sable Island post daily and share what they are doing. Virtual reality- have outreach teams (and campus club leaders) show students and the public what Sable Island is. Target professional photographers who would share photos of the national parks on Instagram. Sable Island should be open to Master’s, PHD, etc. students to do their research there.Tailor advertisements more to youth and NOT families! WE NEED MORE OUTREACH!!!!!!!
  • the_best_username_ever 5 months ago
    I agree with the idea of a proper exhibit in Halifax. I also think Parks Canada could produce more multimedia content (videos, photos, interactive maps, etc.) so that Canadians from all over the country could benefit.
  • Halifax Support group for People Who Stutter - 4 5 months ago
    We don't need to visit in order to be connected. How about having a super/modern National Parks exhibit in Halifax – could bring info/connection to more than "just" Sable Island. Make it a proper tourist attraction (aim for international visitors – the cruise ship industry brings massive numbers of people to Halifax; show them Sable Island; have them sponsor a horse; have them trace a picture of a seal; have them be able to model a sand dune formation vis a STEM exhibit; the list is endless), as well as a resource for Canadians. The centre could feature all the things we want people to know about the island – include in curriculum for schools, make accessible for post-secondary visits/studies, have a nice cafe for visitors so they can stay for longer. It could have daily/weekly video/audio/weather updates from Sable Island – and/or released via a podcast.Certainly Sable Island does not need to be "developed" so that us humans can connect with it – rather, find non-invasive ways to connect from afar.
  • Youth Panel_16 6 months ago
    -Introduce Sable to school curriculum, -Bigger display at the Museum of Natural History (explaining how the island has evolved) and Discovery Centre-More documentary videos
  • Janmer 6 months ago
    If they do not have one now, an interactive display on Sable Island at a main visitor centre in Halifax, and mobile displays at various events and festivals in NS during the summer. Augment PCs online presence to include links and short informative pieces on the research occurring on the island, annual updates of summer work. Could include some candid points on the threats to the ecosystem health of the island, an options to help reduce these challenges. Join up with school curriculum to feature the unique island species, how and why they are different from mainland NS species. Include as a destination for the best school trip.