Significant cultural event took place at Green Lake on July 12

Community news happening around the South Green Lake area

These archeologists and members of the Canim Lake Band helped uncover and relocate the burial site at Green Lake.

These archeologists and members of the Canim Lake Band helped uncover and relocate the burial site at Green Lake.

Canim Lake Band members, government officials, archeologists and neighbours commemorated the Green Lake Burial Recovery Project on July 12.

This is a culturally sensitive site that was first identified in the 1970s. There was sporadic archeological investigation at the site between early ’70s and late 1990s. Radiocarbon dating and past artifacts analysis suggest the site could be as old as 3,500 years.

According to the provincial government, this site is situated in the traditional territories of the Canim Lake Band, Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Band), High Bar First Nation, and the Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band.

Small recovery projects have occurred during the 1970s, which resulted in the recovery of significant cultural resources. In 1997, the Canim Lake Band observed that Green Lake was starting to erode this culturally sensitive site. The band contracted B.C. Archaeology Branch and local landowners to discuss how to manage the site. This collaboration resulted in the Green Lake Burial Recovery Project.

A reburial ceremony at the site was held on July 12 at 10 a.m., and it was open to the community members. The remains were reburied further inland as to protect them from being subject to erosion again.

A protected case was given to the band with dozens of arrowheads and various artifacts found during the excavation. This event was aided by an amazing team of professionals, who brought final closure to the band and the community.

This project was a collaboration between the band, B.C. Archaeology Branch, local landowners, and two archeological consulting companies. The burial recovery project is managed by Archer CRM Partnership and the community engagement and First Nations liaising is managed by Crossroads Cultural Resource Management Ltd.

These devoted companies employees stayed at the Potter’s Wind and the Pillows B&B for 10 days. They were up by 5 a.m., on the site by 7 and didn’t get to bed until midnight sometimes, without a day off.

Firefighting news

The South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s (SGLVFD) annual Community Family Fun Day is Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

There will be a lunch served with hotdogs, ice cream, drinks and other goodies.

The day starts at 8 a.m. with the two-mile fun run behind a fire truck with the official opening at 11 and firefighters demonstrations at 11:30 a.m.

At noon, there will be fire hose relays: teams of four – preteen, teen and post-teen categories.

The tug-of-war competition starts at 12:30 p.m. – challenge your friends, neighbours, other families and then the firefighters will take on any team.

It only costs a loonie per person per event. If you wish to help or need more information, call Dennis Nagy at 250-456-6020.

Fire practices

Practices are every other Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

The next practices are July 30, Aug. 3, 13, 17, 27 and 31. New recruits are always welcome.

Executive elected

The SGLVFD AGM on July 13 was well attended.

The budget was passed. The executive includes president Susan McKie, treasurer Cheryl Groves, secretary Marga Veto and directors Larry Messaros, Dennis Nagy, Liz Chamberlain, Lani Lazenby, Jacqui Wowk and Doug Hughes. Peter McKie is the fire chief.

Open House

The Green Lake Snowmobile Club will be hosting an Open House on Aug. 17 from 2 to 7 p.m.

The family fun day will provide information about the club, its trails and upcoming ideas and events. There will be some games for the whole family.

This will also be a fundraiser as it will offer a concession. Volunteers are always welcome and anyone with activity ideas for this event is encouraged to call Cheryl at 250-456-2112.