Tourism Harrison Newsletter

Sasquatch Days

Sasquatch Days

 

 

 

Not even the November-like weather managed to dampen the incredible sense of community during Sasquatch Days. Though some wore mittens and others wore blankets, laughter and good natured jokes competed with warm welcomes and happy hellos. Colorful, stunning regalia defined months and sometimes even years of loving hand work. Hugs enveloped children as they greeted Aunties, Uncles and Grandparents.

As everyone seated themselves for the performance at the Memorial Hall, the Drummer welcomed us with the words "We are all Canadians."

Drumbeats echoed heartbeats and dancing feet quickened to the drama created by song and drum.All were welcomed into the First Peoples traditions and their commitment to past, present and future.

The usually elusive and reclusive Sasquatch made a shy appearance, as did his Cousin from Yale. The smell of Salmon barbequing and Bannock cooking over open flame permeated the air. War Canoes lined the beach while truly committed paddlers cheered on their favorite teams. Sasquatch Days are back and I for one, can't wait for next year!

Sasquatch Days - June 9th and 10th

Sasquatch Days - June 9th & 10th

 

 

 

Check the Harrison Hot Springs website for schedule of events.

Relay For Life

Relay For Life

 

 

 

 

We walked with thoughts of you as the sun set over the western mountains and the lake took on the color of mourning.

You walked with us through the long night, showing us the stars, the quiet beauty of the moon, the dark solid mountains, the perpetual strength of all that surrounds us, the place where your spirit lives.

You walked with us as the sun rose over the east showing us that life without you would continue, that we could live still, knowing that you are with us, safe inside our hearts your spirit permeating the beauty of our world, the dignity of the mountains, the strength of the water, the solidarity of the trees, the laughter of children.

We walked with you in our hearts and greeted the new day knowing that you were with us still.

We walked.

Seabird Island First Nations Festival

Seabird Island First Nations Festival

 

 

 

 

The Seabird Island First Nations Festival held the last weekend of May offers youth, young adults, and adults alike an opportunity to showcase their culture and history through Soccer, Ball-Hockey, War Canoe races and Sla:hal. This three-day celebration demonstrates First Nations heritage through friendly competition in sport and traditional games.

One of the festival favourites is "slahal" is an ancient game, dating to before the last ice age. In the Coast Salish tradition, the Creator gave stickgame to humanity as an alternative to war at the beginning of time. Thus the game straddles multiple roles in Native culture -- it is at once entertainment, a family pastime, a sacred ritual and a means of economic gain (through gambling). In addition to the games there are displays of artisans.

Long before colonization of Canada, First Nations people from across Canada and North America held games. In fact a number of modern games like lacrosse were derived from traditional First Nations games. These games taught First Nations children many qualities that would help them through their journey into adulthood, such as: honesty, courage, respect, and gratitude.

http://www.seabirdisland.ca/

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