Tabletop models show what the landmark signs look like in Switzerland (left), and how local signs might appear. (Photo contributed)

Trail signs to point the way to Secwépemc landmarks and history

Project recognizes growing interest in Indigenous trails-based destination tourism

  • May. 13, 2019 11:00 a.m.

A project to enhance the knowledge of Secwépemc landmarks and culture in the Shuswap is receiving $100,000 from the BC Rural Dividend Program.

The Secwépemc Landmarks and Trail Sign project will involve Secwépemc artists, elders and youth designing and installing sculptures, viewing portals and trailhead signs that showcase Secwépemc values and culture. With the grant funding approved, the project will now proceed to design and implementation.

A series of iconic landmark sculptures will be installed at key, highly visited areas of the Shuswap. These will include Secwépemc names, culture and stories. A series of viewing portals would be installed to allow people to look through at specific historical locations and landmarks, with both the Secwépemc and English names.

Read More: City supports landmark proposal in spirit of reconciliation

Read More: In photos: 2019 Salty Dog Enduro in Salmon Arm

The portals will allow visitors to ‘take a peek’ at specific sites and learn more about the history and culture of the area. Signposts, designed by Secwépemc artists, would also be placed at various trailhead locations in the region.

“This initiative is another way for Secwépemc to create more awareness of our presence within our traditional territory, says Shelley Witzky a councillor with the Adams Lake Indian Band.

In August 2018, the CSRD Board unanimously authorized an application to the BC Rural Dividend Fund to support the Bands in the development and implementation of the Secwépemc Landmarks and Trail Sign Project.

The initiative is being spearheaded by the Adams Lake Indian Band, Neskonlith Indian Band, Splatsin and the Shuswap Trail Alliance, with support from Shuswap Tourism. In order to qualify for the Rural Dividend Grant, the three Bands agreed to contribute $30,000 for the first landmark to be placed at Marine Park in Salmon Arm. This project is part of the Secwépemc Cultural Tourism Initiative and will be guided by a joint committee of elders.

Read More: Second legal cannabis store approved for the Shuswap

Read More: Onex signs agreement to buy WestJet in deal valued at $5B, including debt

The partners in the project gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia, which will enable work to begin.

The project recognizes the growing interest in authentic Indigenous, trails-based destination tourism among visitors to the region and hopes to increase awareness of Secwépemc history and culture. It also supports the vision of creating a world-renowned trail system in the Shuswap and around BC.

Submitted by CSRD


@SalmonArm
jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Just Posted

Rockets host tailgate party ahead of anticipated home-opener

Kelowna takes the ice for the first game of the season Saturday

RBC donates $40,000 to help connect youth with employers

The funding goes towards helping the YMCA Connects program to prepare young adults for the working world

Kelowna city council green lights new park charge

City wants to introduce a new development cost charge to create new parks

Kelowna boy returns to school after recovering from possible Xanax OD

RCMP investigation found the drug to be a form of benzodiazepine, commonly known as Valium or Xanax

FortisBC to offer free energy efficiency assessments for small businesses

Fortis BC wants to help 900 storefronts in Kelowna, Penticton and Rossland

Nanaimo RCMP officer ‘walks on water’ to rescue lost camper

66-year-old assisted earlier this month by Mounties who can seemingly work miracles

South Okanagan adventure park brightens seniors’ day with flowers

The many flowers that bloom in LocoLanding during the summer brighten the day for seniors

Winnipeg student, killed in bus crash, remembered as passionate, kind

University of Victoria student Emma Machado, 18, was killed in the bus crash near Bamfield on Friday

East Coast comedian Ron James bringing ‘Full Throttle Tour’ to Okanagan

James is at work on the first draft of his first book, ‘All Over the Map’

Mobile needle exchange considered in Okanagan

City looks at options to combat issues of discarded needles

Province investigating eviction at Shuswap assisted living facility

Residential Tenancy Branch looking into situation affecting low-income senior residents

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Largest driving factor is the province’s complex stumpage system that results in high fees, expert says

Most Read