Parks Canada and Cape Breton University announced the formalization of an agreement to work together in advancing research and education in natural and cultural heritage conservation and visitor experience as it relates to Parks Canada’s places on Cape Breton Island. The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at an event today at Cape Breton University, which focused on work experiences and current projects by students and professors who have participated in academic opportunities at Parks Canada’s sites island-wide.
This three-year MOU focuses on enriching opportunities to inspire students, faculty, and Parks Canada staff through creativity and innovation, student mentorship, and community engagement. Parks Canada and Cape Breton University possess a long history of collaboration on research projects and initiatives including the Louisbourg Institute, water quality monitoring at Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Celebrate Women 2016, and the Katharine McLennan project. This MOU encourages collaborative efforts to increase scientific and academic understanding and participation in experiences related to natural and cultural heritage.
“Cape Breton University is pleased to be signing this Memorandum of Understanding with Parks Canada,” says Dr. Dale Keefe, President. “Through an MOU of this nature we are positioned to further strengthen the organizational relationship, collaborate on the highest calibre of research projects, and provide our students with unique experiential learning opportunities. The deep-rooted relationship between CBU and Parks Canada provides the ideal setting for collaboration and we are very much looking forward to further enhancing the awareness of the amazing and innovative projects being brought to life under this MOU.”
Current projects the two organizations are advancing include Mi’kmaq interpretation at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, a mobile research and outreach lab working with Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and remote convocations at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. This important work, in addition to other projects such as applied theatre and student co-op placements, will continue through the organizations’ respective mandates on education, research, and heritage.
“We are so pleased to be formalizing this long-standing relationship with Cape Breton University with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding,” says Blair Pardy, Field Unit Superintendent, Cape Breton. “At Parks Canada, we have the privilege of sharing our stories to foster greater public understanding, and we look forward to continuing our work together to share and connect research and education with students, local communities, Canadians, and visitors to Cape Breton Island.”