Listening to our Indigenous Elders, their wisdom and concerns – Columbia Valley Pioneer

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Listening to our Indigenous Elders, their wisdom and concerns – Columbia Valley Pioneer

by ahnationtalk on June 30, 202225 Views

Jun 30, 2022

Listen to your elders; it’s more than a common expression, but a necessity to listen to Indigenous Elders when dealing with the health of land and waterways like our beloved Columbia Valley and its tributaries on the unceded territories of the Secwépemc and Ktunaxa People where we are so fortunate to live. Living Lakes Canada (LLC) hosted two Indigenous Elder Engagements and tours at Windermere Creek with both the Shuswap Band and Akisqnuk First Nation on June 17 and 18 in partnership with the BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF). This event was originally proposed because there have been significant environmental disruptions occurring on Windermere Creek.

“The birth of these tours came about through discussions with BCWF, Susan Clovechok from RDEK and myself. I was able to access funding to support the Indigenous engagement regarding the wetland on Windermere Creek and the unauthorized agricultural diversion that has taken place,” says Diana Cote, BCWF Indigenous Liaison and co-coordinator of the event. “We had on hand for Saturday, Kyla Rushton of BCWF to discuss the wetland ecosystem services protocol. We can assess the wetland through this tool and provide training on this tool to the Indigenous Communities.”

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