The new “Crazy Ant” Trail at Xatśūll /Soda Creek opened on August 17 with an old-fashioned ribbon cutting. NPTGS First Nations Co-Chair Cheryl Chapman and Secretary Brent Rutherford were front and center at the ribbon cutting.
Behind the ribbon, from left to right: Crystal Cahoose (CCATEC), Krista Phillips (trail builder-Lead Hand), Chief Donna Dixon, Kyle Sellars (trail builder), NPTGS First Nations Co-Chair Cheryl Chapman and Secretary Brent Rutherford. You can just glimpse Eric Pelkey (Band Administrator) behind Cheryl and Brent.
“Crazy Ant” Trail at Xatśūll /Soda Creek Grand Opening
Want to know how much the community is behind the Xat’sull Heritage Trails Projec? So many people wanted to be part of the crew building the network of multi-purpose trails linking to historic Gold Rush trails around Deep Creek and Soda Creek (Xat’sull) when it kicked off this spring, some folks volunteered their time to learn more about trail building so they would have a better chance of filling any vacancies that came up.
This project in the traditional territory of the Secwepemc People is a partnership between the Xat’sull First Nation, NPTGS and Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT). NPTGS is providing $30,000 towards the project. NDIT is providing matching funds. Watch this space for updates!
Ready to hit the trail!
The New Pathways to Gold Society is partnering with First Nations, local organizations and government to provide new skills for workers, new amenities for heritage and recreation sites and a boost to the Cariboo’s economy under the Jobs Creation Partnership (JCP) program. Five participants are working on the four-phase, $400,000 project that will see upgrades to heritage/recreational sites and First Nations communities in the region. They’ll gain experience in log building and trail construction as well as learning other valuable skills during the 36-week project. The Project Partners came out in force for the launch at 100 Mile House on May 20 and MLA Donna Barnett (Cariboo-Chilcotin) was there to help kick things off. You can read more about the launch and hear a clip of Donna talking about the project on the mycariboo.com site here: http://www.mycariboonow.com/12297/job-creation-partnership-provide-experience-amenities/ And watch this space for updates: the JCP Crew has a lot of work ahead of them between now and December!
JCP Project Partners, Donna Barnett launch $400,000 project at 100 Mile House
NPTGS’ goal is to get a meeting with Transportation Minister Todd Stone to make this project a top priority and play a leadership role in assembling the financial and professional resources necessary to preserve this priceless heritage structure is online now. Will we succeed? Watch the NPTGS website and Facebook page to find out!
In August, NPTGS staged a great event at Klahowya Village to raise awareness of the Alexandra Bridge Project’s “Save the Bridge” petition drive. We gathered more signatures, engaged with people from all over Canada (and the world) and unveiled the QR code developed for the project by Riley Forman of travelthecanyon.com. Our thanks to Klahowya Village/Aboriginal Tourism BC for hosting the event!
MLA Laurie Throness promised to personally deliver the petition calling for the restoration of Alexandra Bridge to the BC Legislative Assembly…
Lots of folks had a great time listening to the speakers, eating salom and listening to the drumming – and dreaming of the day when they too could be on stage…
Spuzzum First Nation Chief James Hobart was a great MC for the event, which launched the petition drive to preserve the 1926 Alexandra Bridge, located in the SFN’s traditional territory…
It’s getting a little long in the season for a “What I did on my summer vacation” post, but that’s just because NPTGS was so busy this summer! Here’s a snapshot of some of the things that lit up the New Pathway to Gold in the past few months. Events like the Spuzzum First Nation First Salmon Feast. The SFN invited the public to their traditional feast for the first time ever to help launch a campaign to restore the Alexandra Bridge. Held in the provincial park’s picnic area in July, it was a smashing success, with over 350 people in attendance.
As Columbo used to say, “Just one more t’ing…”this just in from filmmaker extraordinaire Alejandro Yoshizawa, who documented the Cedar-Bamboo Fraser River Rafting Expedition:
“I figured everyone (including myself) would be eager to see some of the footage, so I put together a VERY QUICK clip just to get a sense of the trip. Feel free to show the other participants as well. It can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/73050762