Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi becomes UNESCO World Heritage Site
The World Heritage Committee has recognized Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi Provincial Park as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its immense cultural and spiritual significance. Read the news release for more information.
The park contains the most significant concentration of protected First Nations’ petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs (rock paintings) on the Great Plains of North America.
The nomination was prepared by the Government of Alberta in partnership with the Blackfoot Confederacy and with ongoing support from the Government of Canada.
A World Heritage Site designation for the park demonstrates recognition and respect towards the Blackfoot and other First Nations by highlighting its global cultural significance.
The park continues to be a place for ceremonies and the protection of sacred sites and stories for Alberta’s Indigenous peoples (especially the Blackfoot).
We look forward to showcasing this provincial park treasure to the world. This new designation will help boost tourism and the local economy.