This is an archival consolidated post from the previous incarnation of our website.
On March 10, Doug White III, former (2009-14) Chief of the Snunéymuxw First Nation and the current Director of the Centre for Preconfederation Treaties and Reconciliation at Vancouver Island University spoke to Gabriolans about the historical and political legacy of the Snunéymuxw Treaty of 1854 in regard to its impact on the Nation’s traditional territory. He showed maps of Nanaimo and Gabriola delineating the lands that have been set aside by Federal and Provincial governments for treaty settlement with the Snunéymuxw.
February was a busy month, starting off on February 3, when GaLTT members and other park users met in Drumbeg Park to participate in a “Day of Action” by signing a petition to the Provincial Government from Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), seeking increased funding to BC’s parks. We collected 55 signatures.
Guided end-to-end walk: About 40 people met at Silva Bay on June 3 to walk from one end of Gabriola to the other, mostly on public access trails. A few dropped out and others joined us at noon after a picnic lunch at Tait Road. We walked the trails paralleling North Road to connect with the trail network in 707 Community Park before walking down Tin Can Alley Trail to North Rd. At 2pm we proceeded up Tin Can Alley Rd and into the trail system across past the clinic on private land (with permissions) and some road walking down to Skol Pub. After refreshments Gertie was on hand to take people back to their cars at Silva Bay.
JULY & AUGUST
Throughout the summer GaLTT led guided walks in 707 and Cox Community Parks and in Descanso Bay Regional Park. The walks included two trails newly broken in 707 since last summer. Some walks were in the morning, others in the afternoon or evening.
Also throughout the summer, we set up our events table to provide information about our parks and trails, and to sell trail maps at the Saturday Farmers’ Markets and also during the Gabriola Arts Councils’ Cultivate Festival at the Commons in August.