Annual Xeni Gwet’in Youth Wagon Ride on their way to 94th annual Williams Lake Stampede

The Xeni Gwet’in Youth Wagon Trip is headed to Williams Lake for the 94th annual Williams Lake Stampede. The group were seen here in 2019 on Highway 20 coming into town in time for the rodeo. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)The Xeni Gwet’in Youth Wagon Trip is headed to Williams Lake for the 94th annual Williams Lake Stampede. The group were seen here in 2019 on Highway 20 coming into town in time for the rodeo. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The annual Xeni Gwet’in Youth Wagon Ride will once again be heading out and hitting the trail en route to the Williams Lake Stampede. (Gaylene William photo)The annual Xeni Gwet’in Youth Wagon Ride will once again be heading out and hitting the trail en route to the Williams Lake Stampede. (Gaylene William photo)
The Xeni Gwet’in Youth Wagon Trip makes its way through Farwell Canyon during a previous trip. The annual wagon and horse ride is back on this year following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. (Gailene William photo)The Xeni Gwet’in Youth Wagon Trip makes its way through Farwell Canyon during a previous trip. The annual wagon and horse ride is back on this year following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. (Gailene William photo)

And they’re off!

The annual Xeni Gwet’in Youth Wagon Ride headed out Thursday, June 23, 2022 destined for the Williams Lake Stampede.

Roy and Gwen Mulvahill are back to be the wagon team leaders again this year.

A favourite event at Stampede time, participants of the wagon ride got a sendoff from Nemiah Valley Lodge in Nemiah Valley after a community breakfast and then headed down to 55 km.

Their schedule is as follows:

June 23 Nemiah Lodge – 55 km

June 24 55 km -18 km gravel pit

June 25-26 18 km gravel pit – Big Creek hall

June 27 Big Creek Hall – Sugarcane Jacks

June 28 Sugarcane Jacks – Farwell Canyon

June 29 Farewell Canyon – McIntyre Lake Campsite

June 30 McIntyre Lake – Williams Lake Stampede Grounds

After one week on the trail the group will arrive in town Thursday, June 30, 2022 just in time for the Williams Lake Stampede where they will be part of the grand entry. The group also participates in the annual Stampede Parade Saturday morning.

Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Chief Jimmy Lulua started the Xeni Gwet’in Youth Wagon Trip as a way to reconnect the community’s youth with horses and also revive a tradition of Indigenous people making their way to town for the Stampede many years ago.

Lulua’s vision is for his people to be healthy and physically active with a strong economy built upon by the historic Supreme Court William Rights and Title decision.



ruth.lloyd@wltribune.com

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