Due to the wild fire situation in BC’s interior, we have had to cancel this year’s SLLP. While this was a difficult decision, we felt it had to be made. We could not risk the health and well-being of our participants, facilitators and partners who help to make the program happen each year.
The SLLP was originally scheduled to start July 20th but in the week leading up to that date, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Soda Creek and other interior communities were evacuated or on alert. At that time, highway access to Mount Robson was limited and a number of our equipment suppliers were affected by the fires.
We held an emergency teleconference call to discuss options with the 2017 SLLP participants, facilitators and partners. A consensus was reached to run a shortened version of the program with a “put in” south of Williams Lake at Churn Creek. This revised 17-day program was slated to start July 29th, but one caveat remained: we needed permission to camp at Churn Creek.
This past Monday, July 24th, Chief Patrick Harry of the Canoe Creek Indian Band informed us that they could not permit us to enter their territory due to the wild fire situation. While disappointed, we respect that decision.
Our hearts go out to all those in Fraser River Basin communities who have been and still are affected by the wild fires. We sincerely hope our friends throughout the province are able to stay safe and in good health.
Please be advised that while we did have to cancel some FraserFEST activities due to the fire situation, we are still able to proceed with all of the scheduled FraserFEST activities from Lillooet to Vancouver, August 5th to 27th, including:
Salmon in the Canyon festival on Aug. 5th in Lillooet
Keely Weget-Whitney, an SLLP Alumna, will swim the Fraser River from Lillooet to the Stein River on Aug. 6th
SLLP Reunion on Tuesday, Aug. 8th in Yale
Hell’s Gate rafting trips
Wild Salmon Feasts
Paddling on the Lower Fraser
Group Bike Rides
We look forward to running our Sustainable Living Leadership Program next year. We believe, in this time of global climate change, the sustainability projects developed by our SLLP Alumni are needed now more than ever.
The Rivershed Society of BC