Welcome to the University of Windsor
National Urban Park Hub

Canada's first research, teaching and community engagement project focused on the creation of national urban parks.

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About the Hub

With support from Parks Canada, the University of Windsor proudly hosts the University of Windsor National Urban Park Hub (UW-NUPH), emphasizing its commitment to environmental stewardship, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and inclusive community engagement.

The collective work of the Hub aims to honour Treaty responsibilities, promote reciprocal relationships with nature and enhance engagement with citybuilding through efforts that centre the diversity of lived experiences and historical contexts that define the vibrancy and uniqueness of cities in Canada. UW-NUPH represents Canada's inaugural effort of this kind, focusing on the implementation of Canada's national urban parks policy through co-creation and collaboration.

A contribution agreement of $1.2 million from Parks Canada with matching funds from the University of Windsor launches the initiative alongside and in time for the co-creation of Windsor as a future national urban park. Under the co-leadership of three University of Windsor researchers Dr. Catherine Febria, Professor Clint Jacobs and Dr. Anneke Smit, the team is committed to envisioning a proposed national urban park in the Windsor area and providing valuable insights for Parks Canada's National Urban Parks Policy and future implementation of national urban parks.

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We acknowledge with gratitude the land, air, water, fire and all the beings of creation that sustain us. We honour the longstanding relations of many First Peoples to this place since time immemorial (including the Anishnaabe, Haudenosaunee, Lunaapee, and Huron/Wendat Peoples). We acknowledge colonial harms. We commit to renewed and respectful relations to people, nature and this place.

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