I sat with MLA Linda Larson on Friday just after the final event of three in which the provincial government and OIB Chief Clarence Louie participated. These events to rename parks and icons in the South Okanagan.
Larson and I talked candidly. What about a future election? What are the plans of the BC government on the National Park issue? etc.
Here is what I gather.
The BC government does not want the National Park as an issue in future federal and provincial elections but time is not a friend to this.
The BC government (Environment Minister Mary Polak) seeks to find partners like OIB, Okanagan Nation Alliance and others in defining what is claimed and desired and what can easily be managed by agreements.
Larson: “A small National Park is possible”. The province could support such a National Park if it was part of a carefully planned area – but not a blanket proposal that takes in so much land controlled by the province, the Nature’s Trust, the Land Conservancy etc.
The minister is planning such a meeting to bring all the players to the table – to explain the provincial toolkit and what it desires.
This event should occur before September. All talks with aboriginal leaders and some form of understanding should be place in June says Larson.
Jamin and Tamara were so unbelievable happy and over the moon to have been blessed with this little boy, their first born child, and planning a wedding for Sept 2015 this year was going to be their best year yet. Only a few months later they were given the most heartbreaking news that not any parent, especially first time parents, should ever have to hear. Atticus was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 1 the most severe type of this disease to which there is no cure.
SMA is a muscular development disease, making muscles extremely weak. This affects every muscle system a person has, and it has recently affected his muscle system for sucking, swallowing and digesting food. Yesterday Atticus was given a feeding tube to ensure that he receives the proper nutrients he needs to keep his strength up and to ensure that he does not develop pneumonia from food getting into his lungs, just a common cold could be fatal for Atty.
Atticus is under wonderful care by the best neurologist in the country at BC Childrens Hospital in Vancouver., whom has accepted him into a study in which they are testing a new drug to hopefully cure this dreadful disease or to slow the process to which it affects the muscles. This gives his family some hope! we are so blessed that he has been accepted into this study by the top neurologist. He will begin some screening for this study in early June and have to make countless trips to Vancouver for treatment. He is currently in Vancouver at his time under care to ensure his feeding tube is working properly. This makes it very hard financially on Jamin and Tamara as they are from Oliver BC a 5 hour drive from the hospital. Jamin is trying to keep up with his job to support his family but it is hard when his son needs to be in Vancouver all the time. Tamara isn’t leaving her sons side she is with him 24-7 in Vancouver.
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As Jamins sister I am reaching out for financial support for them during this time. They need to focus solely on Atticus and not have to worry financially. Anything will help and would be so greatly appreciated by Atticus and his family. If you can not contribute financially please say a prayer for baby Atty. He is a fighter my nephew, so strong and he amazes us everyday with his strength and happiness. Jamin and Tamara truly been rocks throughout this all their strength and positivity has been incredible. Atty chose them for a reason.
They are his mommy and daddy, and Atty is going to be our miracle!
The official name for Okanagan Falls Park is now “sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ park.” sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ (s-wuh-wuneet-kw) means little falls and signifies a connection to Kettle Falls, which is known as big falls in the nsyilxcen language. These two falls were the most important fishing sites in the Okanagan Nation’s territory.
sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ park was also once part of the Osoyoos Indian Band’s reserve lands. The reserve was allotted to the Band for fishing purposes, but was cut off by the McKenna-McBride Royal Commission in 1913.
The place name for McIntyre Bluff is nʕaylintn (Ny-lin-tn). The process to officially restore this place name is underway with the provincial government.
Environment Minister Mary Polak and Osoyoos Indian Band Chief
Clarence Louie celebrated another step forward in their partnership
agreement today announcing the official renaming of Haynes Point and
Okanagan Falls provincial parks to the traditional First Nation
nsyilxcen (Okanagan) place names.
The name changes are part of an agreement made between the Province and
the Osoyoos Indian Band that also sees the Band managing the two parks
and will see McIntyre Bluff become nʕaylintn – officially renamed as well.
“This agreement between the Province and the Osoyoos Indian Band
ensures visitors from around the world can continue to enjoy these
parks and, at the same time, the protection of important archaeological
sites and areas of significant cultural values,” said Polak. “Thank you
to Chief Louie and the Osoyoos Indian Band for working with us to
develop this agreement, strengthening our government-to-government
Haynes Point Park is now officially known as sw̓iw̓s park (swee-yous) which means place where it is shallow or narrow in the middle of the lake. The place name explains how the Okanagan ancestors of the
Osoyoos Indian Band used the area as a very important crossing point
from one side of Osoyoos Lake to another.
The official name for Okanagan Falls Park is now sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ (s-wuh-wuneet-kw) which means little falls and signifies a connection to Kettle Falls, which is known as big falls in the nsyilxcen language. These two falls were the most important fishing sites in the Okanagan Nation’s territory.
The park in Okanagan Falls was also once part of the Osoyoos Indian Band’s reserve lands. The reserve was allotted to the Band for fishing purposes, but was cut off by the McKenna-McBride Royal Commission in
The place name for McIntyre Bluff is n?aylintn (Ny-lin-tn). The process to officially restore this place name is underway with the provincial government.
“Language and place names are of utmost importance to the historical
and cultural identity of people from any region or country,” said Chief
Louie. “The early English and French settlers knew this – some of their
first actions were to rename and map the countries they settled.
I am so proud to know that these names will now be
formally recognized and acknowledged as part of the political, social
and cultural future of this province. On behalf of all Okanagan
(nsyilxcen) language speakers, I want to thank Minister Polak and the
B.C. government for working with the Osoyoos Indian Band in the spirit
of reconciliation and agreeing to bring back these three important
Okanagan Nation place names.”
“The Osoyoos Indian Band has had years of experience operating campsites at their resort in Osoyoos,” said Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen. “This agreement gives the OIB more involvement in
park management and operations that supports long-term protection of important cultural values, while allowing for continued public use and enjoyment.”
Both parks are open, and campers can expect the same recreational opportunities enjoyed previously.
During the transition to the nsyilxcen names, the English names for both parks will be included in local signage.
Bonnie says – Anniversary Sale Specials: All floor model clearance items are an additional 10% off the lowest sale price May 22-24! Some specials include a Kenmore dryer, regular 399.99, currently on clearance for 299.94, this weekend 269.94! Or Sharp 70″ smart TV, regular 3299.99, current clearance 1649.94, this weekend 1484.94. Many more specials in store!
We also have a scratch and save promotion starting Thursday May 21 until Sunday May 24. (Anniversary sale items do not qualify for scratch and save)
3rd Anniversary Sale
Draw for $50 Sears gift card Sunday
Sears Hometown Store
1400 – 5955 Main Street