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The Canadian Outdoor Summit and Parks for All Summits, Complementary Processes

Canadian Outdoor Summit

The Canadian Outdoor Summit is focussed on people, and the formal and informal communities that they belong to. These engage with the outdoor space through a broad range of educational, wellness, social and experiential activities. The Summit is primarily focussed on the social sustainability domain. 

Parks for All

The Parks-For-All process is focussed on the outdoor place, and provides guidance on the human relationship with that place. It is a place where the environmental and social sustainability domains intersect and, ideally, support each other.

    Both processes recognize the interdependence of the three sustainability domains (environmental, social and economic).  
    The Parks for All Process is strongly focussed on environmental sustainability
    The Canadian Outdoor Summit process is focussed on social sustainability.

    What Parks for All adds to the Canadian Outdoor Summit

    The vison and strategic directions articulated in the Parks for All action plan define the ethical and functional context within which the outdoor education and activity community seeks to execute its diverse crafts within the outdoor space (not just parks).

    What the Canadian Outdoor Summit adds to Parks for All

      A healthy parks system requires the Canadian public to be strongly connected to the outdoor. While Canadians feel positively about being in nature, few engage with outdoor activities. The Outdoor Summit will provide the means to reverse this trend by finding solutions to the structural and cultural barriers that prevent Canadians from developing healthy and caring relationships with natural spaces.  

      Outdoor education and activity provides personal, social, and economic benefits which goes beyond parks, these include:

      • Outdoor activities also take place in urban and altered outdoor environments. Active transportation is an example.
      • Outdoor education and activity builds healthy bodies and healthy minds. 
      • Outdoor activity can be a powerful tool to promote ‘active for life’ strategies and reverse the trend of declining activity levels. 
      • Outdoor education encompasses improved delivery of a diversity of academic subjects
      • Quality outdoor programming improves social and leadership skills, improves mental health and promotes global citizenship.
      • Adventure therapy can be a powerful approach leading to lasting benefits.
      • Outdoor activity is an important economic contributor through the tourism, manufacturing and retail sectors.

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