The Skidegate Band Council is excited to announce the completion of 20 new boardwalks on the GuuhlGa Siiwaay K’yuu | Spirit Lake trail and invite all Haida Gwaii residents and visitors to join us on Saturday, March 19th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM to celebrate the unveiling of the improved trails and new boardwalks. This event will begin at 10:00 AM with a prayer from Daall Jaad | Melody Gravelle, followed by an interpretive walk guided by Gaajiiaawa | Linda Tollas. A second interpretive walk is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM with Gaajiiaawa. Seraphine Pryce will offer Haida Dogs (hamburgers and hotdogs) starting at 12:00 PM for the first 150 people to join the celebration. In addition, door prizes such as adventure first aid kits, headlamps, trekking poles, and more will be distributed to twenty-five lucky participants. The draws will take place at the trailhead at 3:00 PM. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. We further acknowledge the following individuals for their efforts to make this project a success:
- Skidegate Band Council Staff for their coordination, administration, and oversight of this project.
- Engineering & Recreation Officer Larry Duke (BC Recreation Sites and Trails) for his planning and vision.
- Executive Director Dana Moraes (Gwaalagaa Naay Corporation) for developing the funding application.
- Marine Toad, Fife Point, and K’yuu Enterprises along with their hard-working crew to replace the boardwalks.
- Mark Grinder, Jonah Collinson, and Ben Reindl for their remarkable work to make the trail more accessible for all users.
- Skidegate Haida Immersion Program for their wise counsel to develop and translate content for interpretive signs and trail brochures. Gina K’aadang.nga gii uu Tll K’anguudang.
- Simon Davies, Linda Tollas, and Sean Young for developing content and graphics for interpretive signs and trail brochures.
- Sean Young for conducting an archaeology site assessment.
- Xaayda Ventures for conducting cultural features identification surveys.
- Council of the Haida Nation for conducting archaeological monitoring.
- And all others who worked behind the scenes: haawa, haw’aa, thank you!
Please join us to celebrate this community asset that gets us outdoors and close to nature for healthy exercise and spiritual renewal. Gina ‘waadluxan gud ad kwaagid.