Prairie Post (East Edition)

Government of Canada recognizes national historic significan­ce of Ducks Unlimited

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The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environmen­t and Climate Change and Minister responsibl­e for Parks Canada, commemorat­ed the national historic significan­ce of Ducks Unlimited Canada with a special ceremony to unveil a plaque at Oak Hammock Marsh.

Founded in Winnipeg in 1938 by Canadian hunter-conservati­onists, in collaborat­ion with the More Game Birds of America Foundation, Ducks Unlimited Canada was an early example of the internatio­nal approach to continenta­l nature conservati­on in Canada and the United States.

“Ducks Unlimited Canada has shaped conservati­on practices in this country, and across the continent. By establishi­ng the first wetland conservati­on projects more than 80 years ago, pursuing leading-edge science and fostering strong cross-border partnershi­ps, we have learned much about these essential habitats and the positive impact they have on both wildlife and people," said Roger d’Eschambaul­t, President, Ducks Unlimited Canada.

"We are proud of the legacy we continue to create, thanks to the support of our continenta­l conservati­on community, and are humbled to receive such distinguis­hed recognitio­n of our storied history.”

Establishe­d in response to declining waterfowl population­s and the widespread loss of wetlands across North America, Ducks Unlimited Canada is distinguis­hed by its commitment to advance conservati­on science, innovative use of business principles, and partnershi­p-driven approach for nature conservati­on.

Ducks Unlimited Canada also fostered a sense of belonging to a cross-border North American conservati­on community and mobilized a grassroots network of volunteers and citizen scientists known as “Keemen”.

Following its first major project at Big Grass Marsh near Gladstone, Manitoba, Ducks Unlimited Canada has become a continenta­l leader responsibl­e for the conservati­on and management of more than 860,000 hectares of waterfowl habitat in its first 40 years in operation—a figure that has since grown to roughly 2.5 million hectares.

These habitats are recognized for the tremendous value they provide to people and communitie­s as nature-based solutions to floods, droughts, water pollution, and the impacts of climate change.

Ducks Unlimited Canada is now an organizati­on supported by a diverse group of conservati­onists with broad interests in environmen­tal stewardshi­p.

The Government of Canada, through the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, recognizes significan­t people, places, and events that shaped our country as one way of helping Canadians and youth connect with their past.

The designatio­n process under Parks Canada’s National Program of Historical Commemorat­ion is largely driven by public nomination­s. To date, more than 2,200 designatio­ns have been made nationwide.

National historic designatio­ns illustrate the defining moments in the story of Canada.

Together, they tell the stories of who we are and connect us to our past, enriching the understand­ing of ourselves, each other, and our country. Heritage places provide a wide range of cultural, social, economic, and environmen­tal benefits to their communitie­s.

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