Xeni Gwet’in Chief Jimmy Lulua drives one of the wagons during the 2019 Xeni Gwet’in Wagon Trip. Gailene William photos

Xeni Gwet’in riders bound for 2019 Williams Lake Stampede

Youth Wagon Trip expected to arrive in Williams Lake Thursday for start of rodeo

Four horse and wagon teams and more than 40 outriders are on their way to Williams Lake for the Stampede.

This trip marks the 11th year for the Youth Wagon Trip, started by Chief Jimmy Lulua as a way to get the Xeni Gwet’in youth to stay connected to horses and the land.

Roy and Gwen Mulvahill have also been with group since the start, providing some of the wagons.

The eight-day journey left the scenic shores of Konni Lake on Thursday, June 20 and is slated to arrive at the Williams Lake Stampede on Thursday, June 27 for the first day of the rodeo for the grand entry.

Read More: VIDEO: Filmmakers screen Xeni Gwet’in Wagon Trip documentary to full house in Williams Lake

Gailene William said the group went as far as Big Creek Camp, camping there for two nights with a rest day on Sunday.

She said children are not allowed to play with electronic devices on the trip and she has enjoyed watching Chief Jimmy play soccer for hours with the children during stops.

Camp locations are as follows:

• June 20 – leave Konni Lake at 9 a.m. and arrive at 50-kilometre mark Nemiah Road

• June 21 – 50 kilometre to 19.5 kilometre (gravel pit)

• June 22 – 19.5 kilometre (gravel pit) to Big Creek Hall

• June 23 – rest day at Big Creek

• June 24 – Big Creek to Sugarcane Jacks

• June 25 – Sugarcane Jacks to Farwell Canyon

• June 26 – Farwell Canyon to Meldrum Creek Campsite at the top of Sheep Creek (lunch to be served by Toosey at gas station)

• June 27 – Meldrum Creek Campsite to Williams lake Stampede Grand Entry; arrival at 6:15 p.m.

Motorists in the area are reminded to slow down and drive slowly when passing the wagon train.


Do you have a comment about this story? email:
editor@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

Mt. Timothy Recreation Resort preparing for 2019/20 reopening

“We’ll be opening for skiers and boarders as soon as there is enough base to operate.”

Jr. Rustlers close out season in golden fashion

The Williams Lake Jr. Rustlers under-19 girls club rugby team capped off… Continue reading

New Tsilhqot’in horse program reconnects youth with horses

“A long time ago, everyone on reserves grew up on horses. That is all everyone did was just ride.”

Williams Lake residents warned of local furnace scam

Residents are advised not to let individuals into their homes who are demanding to inspect your furnace

Williams Lake RCMP seek to identify 7-Eleven robbery suspect

The Williams Lake RCMP is looking for the public’s assistance

Spotlight on B.C.: Liberals need at least 10 B.C. ridings to take the election

Black Press Media presents a four-part series into how B.C. will affect the federal election outcome

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Canucks beat Stanley Cup champs 4-3 in a shootout

Leivo nets winner, Vancouver dumps St. Louis for fourth straight win

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

Scholars say religious vaccine objections can’t be traced to Biblical sources

Vaccinations are a requirement to attend class in Ontario and New Brunswick, while B.C. launched a demand this fall

ELECTION 2019: How would the major parties address Canada’s housing crisis?

Promises include speculation taxes, more affordable housing, and declaring housing a human right

Japanese buyer expands wood pellet contract with B.C.’s Pinnacle

Mitsui and Co. increases contract with Interior energy producer

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

Most Read