Debbie Robbins was a busy person during last weekend’s Secwepemc Gathering held at Esk’et this past weekend. She was a co-organizer (along with her husband

Debbie Robbins was a busy person during last weekend’s Secwepemc Gathering held at Esk’et this past weekend. She was a co-organizer (along with her husband

Esketemc Secwepemc Gathering damp but successful

Chief Fred Robbins of the Esketemc First Nation had nothing but praise for the people of Esk’et who took on the immense challenge of being the host-community for the 2011 Secwepemc Gathering.

Chief Fred Robbins of the Esketemc First Nation had nothing but praise for the people of Esk’et who took on the immense challenge of being the host-community for the 2011 Secwepemc Gathering.

“I would like to thank the organizers and the volunteers of every event, who worked so very hard and diligently to provide the visitors with meals, drinks and common courtesy, which is invaluable,” Chief Robbins said. “From the fire keeper to the cleanup crew, all of those we never saw but who were a huge part of what made this such a good place to be for the three days of visiting and laughter.

“I would also like to thank those Secwepemc chiefs who made the effort and took the time to be part of the opening and closing ceremonies, and to those who stayed for the whole weekend. Those who participated in the Last Chief Standing Paintball Contest — yeah, Chief Hank and I represented ya’ll there; I can still hear the words ‘I’m hit’ ringing through the air in the hills around the paintball venue — ouch.”

Edna Robbins, who worked the main registration desk all weekend long (with her sister Robyn) estimates they had more than 400 guests officially register (many more attendees did not bother to register) during the weekend. Edna noted that manning the register meant that she and Robyn were not able to go to any other venues (except opening and closing ceremonies) but they enjoyed meeting everyone who came to register. Edna, who is a regular employee (receptionist/secretary) of the Esketemc First Nation said, “Staffing the registration desk for the gathering actually gave me the opportunity to put faces together with names from people that I have only spoken to over the phone for many years. That was fun, and we met a lot of new people from all over.”

The weather was a bit challenging at times with several cloudbursts dampening some events. The NiteHawks (formerly Creeshu) played at one of the evening dances in the pouring rain for the first half hour.

A slightly humorous observation from Chief Robbins was part of his closing speech, in which he encouraged future hosts of the Secwepemc Gathering to hold the event on the land (out in the countryside, as opposed to in a town centre).

“You’ll have noticed that no one here was interrupted by the ringing (or vibration) of any wireless devices during this gathering; it wasn’t that you all had turned them off; it was because they simply don’t work here at Esk’et, so nobody in attendance was to ‘do business.’ That allowed all of you the opportunity to visit without interruptions and enabled you to participate fully in the events and games of the gathering. That’s not a bad thing. Maybe future gatherings should also be held where there is no reception for those devices.”

The results for individual events and contests held during the Esketemc Secwepemc Gathering are as follows:

Baseball

First: Rookies (Dog Creek); second: Sticks & Stones (Stone); and third: NDN’s (Williams Lake)

Ball Hockey

First: Tahnyea Robbins (Esk’et); second: Cynthia Paul (Esk’et); third: Rico (Frederck Johnson Jr. / Esk’et)

Lehel tournament

First: Johnson’s; second: Skeetch; third: Chilcotin Thunder

Lehel —  Battle of the Bands

First: Simpcw; second: Esk’et; third: Canim Lake

Five km Ironman Moccasin Run (from Joe’s Lake Road- turnoff, back to main reserve)

First: Jahpa Belleau (Esk’et); second: Karen Harry (Dog Creek); third: Tommy Johnson (Esk’et); fourth: Pre7 Johnson (Francis) (Esk’et); fourth: Dave Sampson (Canoe Creek); and fifth: Bert Sampson (DogCreek)

Last Chief Standing – Paintball

First: Hank Adams (Dog Creek/Canoe Creek); second: Fred Robbins (Esk’et); and third: Mike Archie (Canim Lake).

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
FRENCH CONNECTION: Skating rink welcomed

This lake one will not last long but is still worth it

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
FOREST INK: New batteries close to industrial level applications

The good news is the hope that this cost should come down each year

Researchers in B.C. say earlier than usual return of bats or dead bats can indicate trouble, such as signs of white-nose syndrome. (Cathy Koot photo)
Public help is essential for monitoring for bat disease

Anyone finding a dead bat is asked to report it to the BC Community Bat Program

Sandi Griffiths is the region’s new district manager of transportation for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
New MOTI district manager takes the wheel in Williams Lake

Sandi Griffiths replaces Todd Hubner who retired recently

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Most Read