Woodhaven Traditional Knowledge/ Land Use Gathering and Circle

Read about our experience at FIRE+WATER here!

Thanks to leadership from Pamela, Jasmine, and Grouse Barnes of Westbank First Nation we are convening a gathering for those who have interest in learning about, thinking towards, and working within practices of living responsibly with the Land that facilitates our lives here in the Okanagan watershed. This half-day outdoor event will be hosted by the Barnes family and will include syilx display items, a syilx traditional plant use walking tour, hemp rope making, and reflection circle. You are invited to bring your own lunch and/or something to share with the group for an informal picnic lunch once the workshop has wrapped up. We will make a big pot of tea to share.

Day: Saturday

Date: March 12th, 2022

Time: 9:00 to 12:00, plus an optional picnic lunch hour

Where: Woodhaven Ecocultural Centre

What to bring: weather-appropriate clothing (this event will be outside!), a picnic lunch (optional), and a mug for tea (also optional).

How to get there: Woodhaven is located in Kelowna’s lower mission neighbourhood. The Ecocultural Centre, located here, abuts Woodhaven Regional Park and can be accessed via bicycle, bus, or personal vehicle.

If cycling or driving, approaching from Gordon Drive, turn west onto McClure and then south (right) onto Raymer Road. Once on Raymer Road, there are three turns—east (left), south (right), and east (left)—that will take you to the end of the road which, even after all of that turning, is still called Raymer. Where the asphalt ends, Raymer Road becomes an unmarked gravel path navigable by most bicycles. While the path is wide enough to drive a small car through the trees, parking at the centre is limited. Please park at the end of Raymer and walk up the path (unless you must park inside for accessibility reasons).

If you wish to travel by bus, BC transit route 17 begins at H2O Centre and drives south. The stop closest to Woodhaven is 870 Block Gordon Drive, from which you can access a wooden bridge over Bellevue Creek that exits onto Raymer Road approximately 200m west from its end, where the aforementioned path begins. In total, the walk from the bus stop to the Ecocultural Centre is approximately 500m.

Please be advised that there may be a significant amount of botanical debris on the path. Pedestrians and cyclists heed caution. The path meanders approximately 300 metres to the Ecocultural Centre buildings.

This event will take place rain or shine – we have access to shelter in case of rain. Please note that the toilet on-site is up one flight of outdoor stairs. Chairs will be available for everyone. We will conduct the gathering in a COVID-safe manner, allowing for distancing and wearing masks when inside or if in close proximity. Hand sanitizer will be available.

** Numbers are limited so if you wish to join, please RSVP to madeline.donald@ubc.ca no later than Friday 11 March – but first come, first served! ** You are welcome to share this invitation with others, and to bring companions, children, or colleagues, but please indicate numbers on your RSVP.

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