The Shuswap Market returns to the headlines for August 2021 – Salmon Arm Observer


• A Secwépemc group voted to separate from the Neskonlith Indian Band. Members of IR (Indian Reservation) No.3’s Switzmalph near Salmon Arm issued a press release saying they voted to legally separate from the group, which is headquartered in Chase, 70 kilometers away. A number of issues were cited, some revolving around what has been described as a lack of action by chief and council to address concerns.

“The main concern is the lack of a plan to fight the pandemic which resulted in the death of an elder…” the press release said.

Neskonlith chief Judy Wilson said she had yet to see the press release, but believed it was important that a meeting take place and that all band members understand the challenges.

• Over $ 700,000 in grants would go towards a pilot section of the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail. The railroad team announced Thursday, July 29, that the property partners behind the project, the Splatsin, the North Okanagan Regional District and the Shuswap Regional District of Columbia, have received $ 459,061 in COVID-funding. 19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream from the Governments of British Columbia and Canada.

The funding will be combined with a $ 250,000 grant received from the British Columbia Ministry of Tourism in March 2021 and used to fund the construction of a pilot section of a rail track in the Town of Enderby and Splatsin territory. .

• Sicamous Fire Chief Brett Ogino said the Two Mile Road wildfire was heading exactly where he and all the other fighters wanted it: away from town. As of midday on Aug. 10, the fire was out of control over 1,349 hectares, according to the BC Wildfire Service. Although the fire’s behavior was more forgiving, Ogino said the blaze had been a challenge for firefighters. The blaze was moving in the right direction thanks to the tireless work of fire crews and contractors, Ogino said.

• Laughter and tears were a hallmark of the Three Feathers of Saskatchewan and Alberta march to Kamloops, a march that included a welcome by band members from Adams Lake to Pierre’s Point near Salmon Arm. Iva Geddes-McNab, 73, walked with Carlene Hotomoni, accompanied by their pilot car driver, Heather Geddes, to Kamloops Indian Residential School in honor of the 215 children whose remains were confirmed in the field at the end of May this year.

• Celebrating his store’s 100th anniversary, Gerald Forman of Shuswap Clothing and Shoe Company used to comment on how well he seemed to be aging. “The only thing I worry about is someone coming in and telling me I’m not good looking for 100 years,” said Forman, owner of the store on Alexander Street in downtown Salmon Arm for years. 2000, but who started working with the two Salmon Arm clothier. decades ago, when it came to the Beer’s department store, created by Clinton Beer. Beer’s first Salmon Arm clothing store, the Quality Store, opened across from the Montebello Hotel on Alexander Street on August 21, 1921 (located in the building that currently houses the Shuswap Pie Company and the Hidden Gems Bookstore) .

• Cooler temperatures and some rains slowed the activity of the White Rock Lake wildfire, but as of Wednesday, August 18, it was estimated at 81,139 hectares, or 3,000 hectares more than the previous day. Several communities, including Fintry, La Casa, Spallumcheen, some around Monte Lake and parts of Okanagan Indian Band lands, were allowed to return to their homes as local municipalities reduced evacuation orders.


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