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Protecting This Gift

Like the echoes of an ancient drumbeat growing louder with time, there’s a gentle shift dawning on the horizon; a groundswell that’s gaining momentum. Chilliwack’s wild natural spaces, from the hidden depths of the mighty Fraser River to the grand, jagged peaks of the Cheam Mountain Range, provide an immeasurable gift. Our nature bestows shelter and sustenance to its wildlife; and a sense of limitless adventure, quiet solace and comforting well-being to all people who live, work, and play within its compass. We can learn from the example of the first voices of this land, who have always held a deeply sacred connection to nature, fuelling a profound need to protect it. For all the ways our wild spaces enrich us, there’s no better way to respond in kind than to align our efforts to protect this invaluable gift.

Stó:lō Territory

The Fraser Valley is the traditional territory of the Stó:lō First Nation. In Halq’eméylem (the language of the region), Stó:lō translates to “river”, and its people are known as “people of the river”. The Fraser River and salmon within were, and still are, an intrinsic part of their culture and way of life. The name Chilliwack comes from the word Ts’elxwéyeqw (Ch-ihl-kway-uhk). Stó:lō people refer to this land as S’ólh Téméxw – “our world, our land”.  Because their ability to survive depended on the bounty of the land, the sacred task of ‘xyólhmet te mekw’stám ít kwelát’ – “taking care of everything that belongs to us”, has always been a fundamental tenet. The Stó:lō people have a respect, spirituality, and connection to the land that we can learn from.

Sí:yá:ya Yóyes Living Tourism Action Plan – Our commitment to becoming a trusted friend of the Ts’elxwéyeqw and Pil’alt Tribes of the Stó:lō – Coast Salish and all Indigenous Peoples.

Sí:yá:ya Yóyes Living Tourism Action Plan
Be Prepared
BE PREPARED
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

We aim to move into a state of consciousness. Using resources to gather the knowledge and tools to "know before you go".

Plan ahead and tell your family or friends where you're going.

MANAGE EXPECTATIONS

We strive to build awareness, appreciation and respect for the land.
This is imperative to maintain our relationship with the wild.

PACK IN/PACK OUT

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DON’T TAKE WHAT ISN’T YOURS

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Be Respectful
BE RESPECTFUL
TREAD LIGHTLY

We wouldn't go into your home and take your things. Please leave what isn't yours behind.
Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR

Let nature be the only sounds you hear. On trails, yield to hikers trying to get past you. Remember, we need to protect our wildlife and lands for generations to come.

KEEP IT CLEAN

Keeping our lands and trails clean ensures they stay intact for all users. Education will aid in our change of behavior as we learn to leave the outdoors unchanged by our presence.

PACK IN/PACK OUT

This is one of the most crucial things we can do to keep nature preserved. Leave the environment looking as though you were never there, removing all food and trash, leaving it better than it was before.

DON’T TAKE WHAT ISN’T YOURS

You may be tempted to keep a rock or shell, or pick wildflowers, but by doing so you are disturbing a delicately balanced ecosystem. Be careful not to deplete the surviving vegetation or disturb plants that are rare or are slow to reproduce.

Be Safe
BE SAFE
WILDERNESS SAFETY

Our parks, trails and forests are enjoyed by all. Following proper outdoor etiquette will help our wilderness to continue to thrive. We wouldn't go into your home and take your things. Please leave what isn't yours behind.

FIRE SAFETY

Risks of wildfires are growing throughout British Columbia and many wildfires can be prevented. Being Fire Smart is a shared responsibility. Be sure to check for fire bans in the area.

WATER SAFETY

Our bodies of water are known worldwide. Before spending time on or in any number of our lakes, rivers, and ponds make sure you are properly equipped with both knowledge and gear to keep you and your loved ones safe.

ANIMAL SAFETY

We share our beautiful backyard with a variety of species. Observe wildlife from a distance so they are not scared or forced to run away. Travel quietly to lessen the stress on animals, unless in bear country where occasional loud noises help to let the bears know you're there.

SELFIE SAFETY

We get it. The epic picture seems worth it, but not if it puts you or your friends at risk. Stay on marked trails, away from cliff edges and be aware of your surroundings.

DRIVE SAFELY

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Download directions to your phone so they are accessible offline and prepare yourself with proper tools, maps and location devices to keep you on track during your journey to and from trails.

Leave Enriched
LEAVE ENRICHED
INSPIRED STEWARDSHIP

For this generation, and generations to come, we work towards keeping the wild, wild. By doing your part, your kids will follow and the importance of preserving our lands will be instilled.

EXPERIENCE HARMONY

With present and open minds we enter gateways to remind us that the environmental endowment is a gift. Our connection to the land, water and sky is proof we are not apart from nature but in fact, we are all one.

SENSE OF GRATITUDE

We acknowledge the deep interconnection of all things under the sun and the fragility of the common thread that connects them. Our respect and gratitude for this intrinsic connection instills a sense of duty to defend it.

INDIGENOUS CULTURAL LEARNING

Experience the cultural learnings of the Stó:lō-Coast Salish people through their wisdom, stories, and value of nature with respect and harmony.

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Our naturehood is alive with unparalleled beauty and untold wonders waiting to be explored. Before you head out on your next adventure, leave prepared to make sure your journey brings you safely back home. Walk nature’s pathways with respect and a grateful and generous heart and you’ll find your soul and spirit enriched beyond measure. Inspire others around you to protect this gift.

By |2022-05-07T22:54:35-07:00May 8th, 2022|General|0 Comments

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