Blackfoot confederacy gives traditional blessing to Waterton Lakes National Park.

Photo courtesy of Parks Canada.

Parks Canada hosted a traditional blessing for Waterton Lakes National Park last month.

The ceremony highlighted the physical, cultural and spiritual significance the park is for the Blackfoot Confederacy, as it is part of their traditional territory.

As naming ceremony for two of the Parks Canada team members also took place honouring for their efforts in building an ongoing relationship between the park and the Blackfoot nations.

The event also recognized the impact the Kenow wildfire had on the land and the efforts Parks Canada and their partners had in maintaining the fire.

The ceremony also included representatives from Kainai, Piikani, Siksika, and Blackfeet Nations, as well as representatives from Parks Canada, Glacier National Park and local community groups.

Parks Canada is also working closely with Kainai and Piikani First Nations to jointly develop interpretive programming that will provide opportunities for visitors to learn about Blackfoot culture, history, and connection to Waterton Lakes National Park.

The park is also including the Blackfoot nations in any managing matters involving the Waterton Lakes.

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