Creation of Prince Albert National Park


Prince Albert National Park was created, making a large section of mid-central land into a tourist destination and conservation area. The introduction of park guardians also meant the area was under greater surveillance, and both First Nations and Metis could be fined or punished for trespassing or hunting. Officials were aware that the creation of the park would cause serious hardship for the Indigenous people of the locality.

Those who lived in the region of Prince Albert National Park were no longer allowed to hunt, trap, or fish within the park's boundaries. For those who relied on the land to make their living in this area, the creation of the park was economically devastating. This was particularly true for those who resided on the Little Red River Reserve, as they were cut off from their traditional boreal forest resources. Concerns were raised regarding Bittern Lake, where most of the population had obtained their sources of white fish - this lake was now to be incorporated into the park boundaries. The creation of this park also displaced Metis peoples who had been living in the area - please see the entry on road allowance economy for more details on the precarious living situations that many Metis experienced within Saskatchewan.