Monthly Archives: March 2015

Watershed protection must move forward

                                        2010 algae bloom in Mara Lake

We cannot afford to go backwards. The current debate within local governments about how to fund the ongoing work of the Shuswap Watershed Council is almost too painful to observe. So much good work has been done, particularly the latest report that looks at farming practices, it would be absurd to lose the Council now because our local politicians cannot agree on where the funding should come from. The new report outlines a work plan that will lead to improvements, but the Council needs continued commitment, collaboration, and secure funding.

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The Shuswap community of Sexqéltqin

Chief Atahm School, with the sod covered kekuli-room in the centre

The Shuswap is home to approximately 50 communities, ranging in size from the tiny Seymour Arm to the largest, the city of Salmon Arm. The common identifying feature for all these communities is the presence of either a community hall or a school or both. This series of columns about communities begins at the northwestern corner of the Shuswap watershed at the ancient Secwepemc community of Sexqéltqin, which means where the water begins to flow. This village, which also has other names, is the Adams Lake Indian Band Reserve Number 4 and is home to some 540 people.
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