The Shuswap, Secwépemc Nation Territory, British Columbia – The Shuswap Trail Alliance (STA) would like to extend sincere thanks to...
Secwépemc Landmarks Project receives Heritage Legacy Fund award of $10,000
The purpose of the Secwépemc Landmarks Project is, in the spirit of reconciliation, to create awareness of Secwépemc traditional territory through the installation of 100 trailhead posts, 8 Secwépemc Landmark sculptures modelled after Secwépemc Coyote Pillars, and 8 connected interpretive panels that feature Secwépemc oral histories, place names, culture and stories connected to the Shuswap Lakes region.
The Heritage Legacy Fund award will support the research, design, publishing and installation of 8 interpretive panels; giving context for the project and featuring Secwépemc oral histories, language, and place names under the guidance of the Secwépemc Lakes Elders Advisory Group. The Secwépemc Lakes Elders Advisory Committee (made up of Elders from the four local Secwépemc Bands) are instrumental in guiding the process of this work.
Six interpretive panels will be situated next to the Sentinel Secwépemc Landmarks on highly visited access points and trail systems in the Shuswap Lakes region, and two of these interpretive panels will be located beside the two Main Secwépemc Landmarks in Memorial Park in Chase BC and the Marine Peace Park in Salmon Arm BC.
This project will raise awareness of intangible heritage such as oral histories, language, and place names in Secwépemc traditional territory by installing these interpretive panels throughout the Shuswap Lakes region at key, highly visited areas, to encourage visitors connect to oral histories, place names, and language within the landscape. The interpretive panels will engage both locals and visitors alike in learning about Secwépemc cultural landscapes and the social and ecological importance of the Shuswap Lakes region.
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