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 SummitThe 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: