Proposed Ojibway National Urban Park
Updates from Spring 2023
After passing third reading in the House of Commons with all-party support, Bill C-248 to establish Ojibway National Urban Park in Windsor is in the Senate! During debate, Senator Peter Boehm spoke of the importance of the Bill for quickly protecting the vanishing habitat of over 130 endangered species and for reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. He highlighted the importance of support for the Bill from Wildlands League, Friends of Ojibway Prairie, and the Caldwell First Nation.
Letter of Support
The Federal Environment Minister, Stephen Guilbeault, announced the transfer of Windsor’s Ojibway Shores property from Transport Canada to Parks Canada, and committed to completing Ojibway National Urban Park.
Your letters to the editor of the Windsor Star and support of Wildlands League helped make this happen!
Transferring this last piece of undeveloped shoreline on the Detroit River to Parks Canada has set in motion a big win for nature. The Ojibway Prairie Complex hosts the most endangered ecosystem in Canada – Tallgrass Prairie – in the city with the most endangered species. Tallgrass also acts as an effective sponge for preventing Windsor’s annual floods. A new National Urban Park anchored on Ojibway Shores will increase protection for all six of Ojibway Prairie’s nature areas.
Your support enables us to press on for the completion of Ojibway National Urban Park and its connection to the wider landscape through ecological corridors. Our vision is an interconnected network for nature that will halt and reverse biodiversity loss while fighting climate change in Windsor.
This is how we will bring nature back in cities across Canada.