Rivershed Society of BC to kick-off FraserFEST 2016 at Xatśūll Heritage Village

Rivershed Society of BC to kick-off FraserFEST 2016 at Xatśūll Heritage Village

The Rivershed Society of BC (RSBC) is marking twenty years as a non-profit organization committed to improving the health of BC’s longest river, the Fraser. To celebrate, they have planned FraserFEST, a series of river adventures and festivals in the Fraser Canyon over the summer, the first of which will be held at the Xatśūll Heritage Village on Sunday, July 24th.

Participants from the RSBC’s annual Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP), which takes participants on a 25-day 1,400 km journey down the mighty Fraser River, will be traveling through the Williams Lake area, and will stop in for the cultural celebration at the Heritage Village, located on Mountain House Road.  The public is invited to join the celebration and meet the SLLP participants, three of whom are from the Cariboo Chilcotin region: Oliver Berger and Simran Lehal of William’s Lake, and Candice Ford of Tatlayoko Lake.

“We are looking forward to hosting FraserFEST at Xatśūll Heritage Village,” said Miriam Shilling, Xatśūll’s Community Economic Development Coordinator. “Our events bring together people from different backgrounds from around the world and offers opportunities to share culture, stories and make new friendships.”

The event will begin at 2:00 pm, and includes a pit cooking demonstration, guided tours, crafts, a lehal game, and will end with a salmon dinner at 6:00 pm. Admission is by contribution to the meal. Everyone is asked to bring their own plate, bowl, cutlery and cup.

The following day, the SLLP entourage will raft to Williams Lake for FraserFEST, where Guy Scharf from DFO will conduct a live fish capture demonstration at the mouth of Williams Lake River on the Fraser. Afterwards, they head to the Potato House Project for a tour of the sustainability centre and then onto Scout Island Nature Centre for a tour and catered dinner. The public is welcome. Please RSVP to Sue Hemphill at (250) 974-9913.

FraserFEST celebrations will then continue in Lillooet and Yale as the SLLP participants head toward Vancouver, where the SLLP trip ends on August 7th. The Vancouver FraserFEST 2016 festival will be taking place on August 28th.

For more information on the Xatśūll Heritage Village FraserFEST event visit www.xatsullheritagevillage.com or contact Miriam  Schilling at 250 – 989 – 2311.

The RSBC is a non-profit charitable organization with a mission to protect, conserve and restore the health of BC riversheds in this generation. RSBC comprises a voluntary board of directors, a small staff, annual programs and events, and many volunteers, members and donors. RSBC works with numerous watershed stewardship groups, First Nations, government and community leaders throughout the Fraser River Basin and British Columbia. More information at: www.rivershed.com

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Making 'tap bracelets' - small beaded bracelets to wrap around their water taps to remind them to say "thank you water".
Making ‘tap bracelets’ – small beaded bracelets to wrap around their water taps to remind them to say “thank you water”.
Making miniature beaded moccasins from buckskin.
Making miniature beaded moccasins from buckskin.
Making tap bracelets
Making tap bracelets
Roxanna Pop (left) teaches a group how to make dream catchers.
Roxanna Pop (left) teaches a group how to make dream catchers.
Lehal game underway.
Lehal game underway.