Sheila Wyse

Sheila Wyse

Museum hosts Heritage Circles

In celebration of Heritage Week, the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin hosted a conversational speakers’ event Saturday.

In celebration of Heritage Week, the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin hosted a conversational speakers’ event in the museum on Saturday, Feb. 23, called Heritage Circles.

Hosted by Maureen LeBourdais of the Fraser Basin Council, five long time members of the community, Willie Crosina, Agness Jack, Earl Mellish, Cecilia DeRose and Win Gooding were invited to share their stories of life in Williams Lake and the Cariboo during the 1930s and 1940s.

The casual story-telling event was jointly sponsored by the City of Williams Lake Heritage Advisory Committee and the Cariboo Regional District’s Heritage Committee.

Rick Gilbert, a councillor with Williams Lake Indian Band, welcomed people to the event on behalf of his community, and gave a short history of his people in the region.

Joan Sorely, chair of the Central Cariboo heritage steering committee, said there are no boundaries when talking about heritage because it goes back thousands of years.

She said one of the unexpected benefits is getting property owners to save historical material and information.

Bringing First Nations into the historical discussion is a major part of growing the relationship of the whole community, Sorley said.

She added that a two-day conference is being organized by the city, CRD and School District 27 around the aboriginal history of the area, and memorial markers will be erected at the former St. Joseph Mission site and Boitanio Park to commemorate the survivors of residential school and those that didn’t survive.

“This is not an end, it’s a beginning,” Sorely said. “It will allow us to move forward together.”


Just Posted

The first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine dose in Canada is prepared at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
One death, 39 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 484 active cases of the virus in the region currently

Central Mountain Air confirmed it does not plan to resume service to Williams Lake at this time. (Betsy Kline photo)
Central Mountain Air not resuming route to Williams Lake at this time

Scheduled CMA flights will return to Quesnel at the end of June

Gibraltar Mine has started calling back 34 workers laid off on April 27 because it has received its permit to reactive the Gibraltar East Pit. (Taseko Mines Ltd. photo)
Gibraltar Mine receives permit, calling back laid off employees

Mining has begun in the Gibraltar East pit

(RCMP logo)
RCMP investigating early morning assault in Williams Lake

An insecure firearm was located in a residence

Williams Lake City Council rejected a proposal Tuesday at its regular meeting for the city to host a junior A hockey team for the upcoming 2021/22 season. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Council rejects junior A hockey bid in Williams Lake

The proposal has been up for debate the past several months

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
VIDEO: B.C. to provide 3 days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

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

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 rate creeps up again, 600 new cases Wednesday

One more death, 423 people in hospital with virus

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)
UPDATE: B.C. will fund another year of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in schools

John Horgan government working on school meal program

Surrey RCMP is releasing sketches of a suspect in an “indecent act” at the Coyote Creek Elementary playground on April 30, 2021. Police said the suspect was clean-shaven “during some interactions” and on “other occasions had stubble outlining a goatee and mustache.” (Images: Surrey RCMP handout)
Vancouver mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart addresses supporters in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver mayor says there’s no time to redo details of drug decriminalization plan

Kennedy Stewart says a federal election could see the small window of opportunity close on the city’s bid for an exemption from criminal provisions on simple possession of small amounts of drugs

Premier Mike Horgan received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Facebook/John Horgan)
More than 50% of people eligible in B.C. have received 1st vaccine dose

‘We’ve made extraordinary progress together over the past few weeks,’ says Premier Horgan

Most Read