ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Witnessing Ceremony

Dual Name Event, June 3, 2019

A celebration of the renaming of ȽÁU,WELṈEW/John Dean Park

Welcome/EWÁ E NE EN SḰEL, ḰEL

“Jarrett, you are on the list of honoured guests so I hope you are there!” – Adam Olsen

The BC Legislature approved Bill 16 – 2019 on May 2nd and 14th, 2019, which added the name ȽÁU,WELNEW to the parks title. The result was a dual name: ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park. Royal assent followed on May 16th. On June 3rd, to acclaim this achievement, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council and BC Parks co-hosted an event at the ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School to acknowledge and celebrate the name addition.

Chiefs, councils, elders, members of: Tseycum/W̱S͸KEM, Pauquachin/BOḰEĆEN, Tsartlip/W̱JOȽEȽP, Tsawout/SȾÁ¸EU¸TW̱, and the classes that petitioned to change the name were all present; plus the Minister of Environment, BC Park Rangers and Friends president, several invited guests were all present (over 150 people). It was a wonderful special time.

Dual Name Addition: the W̱SÁNEĆ mountain name was added to John Dean Park.

ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park

ȽÁU,WELNEW is the traditional name for Mount Newton

ȽÁU,WELNEW means Place of Refuge/Escape

ȽÁU,WELNEW is best pronounced as Tlay will nook

You may say – Tlay will nook / John Dean Park

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By Jarrett – am so pleased this has happened. Since my grade 3 (1983-84), I’ve been keenly aware of the sacredness of the mountain atmosphere. A few years later, I worked with BC Parks to bring the traditional trail names into the park: SLEKTAIN, THUNDERBIRD AND ȽÁU,WELNEW were approved, and by spring 1991 new posts and sings were installed by myself (age 16). In 1995, the name Raven Creek was added, and since then I’ve maintained and replaced the posts and signs as needed. The fact that these names were accepted and never touched by anyone is an amazing testament towards the overall long-time acceptance, and now love of these names. Adam Olsen, thank-you so much for properly adding the mountains name to this amazing park.

Thank-you John Dean (1850-1943) for saving your intact property, and for inspiring future land donations to the park which you created in 1921.

HÍ SW̱ KE (thank you)

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CTV News – Students prompt province to add Indigenous name to John Dean Provincial Park

https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/video?binId=1.1777487   Watch Monday, June 3, 2019, minute 7:12 to 8:18

After a field trip to John Dean Provincial Park, there was one very big question on the minds of one Grade 3 class.

Students from the ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ (pronounced “Tlay-will-nook”) Tribal School wanted to know why the provincial park was not called the name they all knew, ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ (“Tlay-will-nook”).

The North Saanich mountain is known to local First Nations as a “place of refuge.” The students felt a strong connection to the park and wrote a letter requesting the name of the park be changed to include the traditional name of the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.

Students Jorja Horne and Danaya Sam spoke on behalf of their classmates. “We just wanted to change the name back to ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱,” the two said.

On Monday the students of the ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School celebrated the renaming. The Tribal School class was honoured with a blanketing ceremony, drumming and songs.

“The W̱SÁNEĆ people have always known this place as ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱,” said Tsartlip First Nation Chief Don Tom. “It is where our ancestors found refuge after the Great Flood and it is where we bring our children today to learn our history.”

The park was founded in 1921 and named after Saanich Peninsula settler John Dean. Dean donated the land to the province to protect and preserve the only old growth forest on Southern Vancouver Island.

Maureen Dale of the Friends of John Dean Society says the society fully endorses the naming decision, which recognizes the significance of the mountain to First Nations while retaining the legacy of John Dean’s gift of the park.

“I am honoured to celebrate with the students of ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School as the park and mountain they have known all their lives is acknowledged,” said Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands. “By listening to the Indigenous youth in our communities we learn that reconciliation is about acknowledging our past and working together through purposeful acts of kindness and inclusion that benefit us all.”

The name change to ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Park received royal assent on May 16 as part of an amendment to the Protected Areas of B.C. Act. New signage that includes both names will be updated by BC Parks during the coming year.

“Only through a common understanding of the true history of this land can the difficult work of reconciliation begin,” said Tom.

 

North Saanich park renamed to reflect connections to Indigenous culture

By Brishti Basu – June, 3, 2019

A park in North Saanich that has historical and cultural significance for the island’s Indigenous community will be renamed thanks to the efforts of 4th grade students.

John Dean Provincial Park will soon be called ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Provincial Park (pronounced Tlay-will-nook) to which translates to “place of refuge.”

This change was approved on May 16th after a petition by students from ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School who visited the park and were surprised to find it did not bear the name they know it as.

“The letter from students requesting the name change caused me to reflect on what it means to Indigenous youth to see recognition and respect for their traditions, culture, language and the stories they’re told growing up,” stated George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

“The Indigenous renaming of parks allows our government to take an important step forward in our ongoing reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples throughout British Columbia and find meaningful ways to recognize and respect their culture and connection to protected lands.”

Significance to Indigenous culture

The mountain in the park and its surrounding areas feature prominently in First Nations culture and early descriptions of the mountain mention large rings of white stones placed there by the Saanich people.

According to BC Parks, Lau Wel New, as Mount Newton is known to the First Nations of the Saanich Peninsula, was the high point of land that enabled them to survive the Great Flood.

Legend has it that the Saanich ancestors were able to anchor their canoe until the floodwaters subsided using a giant cedar rope. Lau Wel New was the first land available as the floodwaters receded.

The park was later named “John Dean Provincial Park” after pioneer John Dean donated the first 32 hectares of property for the park in 1921, followed by four other settlers who contributed adjoining lands.

Signage to reflect that the park’s name has been changed to acknowledge its prominence in Indigenous culture will be added in the coming year.

Student ‘warriors’ spark change in park’s name

By Roxanne Egan-Elliott | Times Colonist – June 4, 2019

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich-North and the Islands, with Danaya Sam and Jorja Horne.

Photograph By ADRIAN LAM, Times Colonist

Students at a Brentwood Bay First Nations school who successfully petitioned to add an Indigenous name to a nearby park show that anyone can be a leader in reconciliation at any age, according to a local First Nations chief.

Chief Don Tom of Tsartlip First Nation addressed a crowd gathered at LÁU,WELNEW Tribal School to celebrate the renaming of John Dean Provincial Park to LÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Park. The Indigenous name, pronounced Tlay-will-nook, means “place of refuge” in SENCOTEN, the language of the WSÁNEC peoples.

“I want them to know that you don’t have to be an older person to be a leader,” Chief Tom said. “We are seeing a wakening of a generation who do not have to wait to be 18 to make change.”

The name change was initiated last spring by a group of students at the school after they visited the mountain on a field trip and were upset to discover it had a different name than the one they know.

“I felt really sad, because I didn’t really like that it was John Dean Provincial Park,” said Grade 4 student Danaya Sam.

Danaya said she told her friends and her teacher that they should change the name.

The students penned handwritten letters calling for the change, and started a petition that collected more than 200 signatures.

George Heyman, minister of environment and climate change strategy, said reading the children’s letters caused him to reflect on the importance of language and tradition.

“If we deny the culture and the history and the language of a place, we, in some ways, deny the existence of the people who remain and who live here,” he said. “We destroy the connection that people need to have with their elders, with their grandparents, with their parents, and ultimately with their children and their grandchildren.”

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich-North and the Islands and a member of Tsartlip First Nation, supported the students with their petition. Olsen explained to the provincial legislature the significance of the mountain and its name to the WSÁNEC peoples.

WSÁNEC history says that people began to forget the teachings of their creator and a great flood came as a result. As water levels rose and people prayed to survive, a mountain emerged in the distance. People climbed to the top and found safety. They decided to name the mountain LÁU,WELNEW, place of refuge.

Olsen said he often struggles to explain what reconciliation means, saying it’s an ongoing process with people and places.

“There is a deep connection that we have with the places and what they mean to us,” he said.

The decision to combine the SENCOTEN and English names, instead of replacing the previous name, was made to recognize the legacy of John Dean, Olsen said. Dean was a pioneer who donated the park’s land to the province in 1921, which helped to protect the old-growth trees on the land.

“We have a responsibility as we go forward to find positive ways to work together,” Olsen said.

Maureen Dale, president of Friends of John Dean Society, said she was pleased with the renaming decision. She read a statement from John Dean’s descendants who couldn’t attend the ceremony, calling the new name “a shining example” of different groups working together.

Chief Tanya Jimmy of Tseycum First Nation thanked the children for their role in encouraging reconciliation.

“You’re making history today that’s usually done at the leadership level,” she said. “Your young warrior selves are doing it today for us.”

Three provincial parks were renamed last year as part of reconciliation efforts. Brooks Peninsula Park near Port Alice became Mquqwin/Brooks Peninsula Park, Boya Lake Park in northwest B.C. was renamed Ta Ch’ila Park and Roderick Haig-Brown Park near Kamloops became Tsútswecw Provincial Park.

In 2013, a movement to change the name of Mount Douglas to the SENCOTEN name PKOLS began, and unofficial signs with the Indigenous name appeared on the mountain.

reganelliott@timescolonist.com

John Dean Provincial Park renamed to include Indigenous name – June 3, 2019

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019ENV0025-001109

Students from ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School, along with First Nations Chiefs, Elders and representatives from the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council, are celebrating their efforts to have John Dean Provincial Park renamed to include a traditional Indigenous name.

George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich-North and the Islands, joined the celebrations at ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School. To reflect historical and cultural significance, the park will be renamed ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Park (pronounced Tlay-will-nook), which translates to “place of refuge.” The name change received royal assent on May 16, 2019, as part of an amendment to the Protected Areas of BC Act.

Located in North Saanich, the mountain in the park features prominently in local First Nations culture as a place that helped save people during the Great Flood thousands of years ago. Due to this connection to the park, the students at ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School requested the name change to include the traditional name for the mountain in the language of the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. BC Parks will update and add new signage that includes both names during the coming year.

Last year, three provincial parks were renamed as part of reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples. Brooks Peninsula Park near Port Alice was renamed Mquqwin/Brooks Peninsula Park, Boya Lake Park in northwest B.C. was renamed Tā Ch’ilā Park and Roderick Haig-Brown Park near Kamloops was renamed Tsútswecw Provincial Park.

Also this year, the Power River Watershed Protected Area on northern Vancouver Island was renamed the Hisnit River Watershed Protected Area. Hisnit is the traditional name for sockeye in the Che:k’tles7et’h’ language.

 Quotes:

 George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy —

“The letter from students requesting the name change caused me to reflect on what it means to Indigenous youth to see recognition and respect for their traditions, culture, language and the stories they’re told growing up. The Indigenous renaming of parks allows our government to take an important step forward in our ongoing reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples throughout British Columbia and find meaningful ways to recognize and respect their culture and connection to protected lands.”

 Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and member of Tsartlip First Nation —

“I am honoured to celebrate with the students of ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School as the park and mountain they have known all their lives is acknowledged with its original name ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ in addition to the designation it was assigned in 1921 of John Dean Park. By listening to the Indigenous youth in our communities with open hearts, we learn that reconciliation is about acknowledging our past and working together in a compassionate way through purposeful acts of kindness and inclusion that benefit us all.”

 

Tsartlip Chief Don Tom, chairman of the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council —

“The W̱SÁNEĆ people have always known this place as ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱. It is where our ancestors found refuge after the Great Flood and it is where we bring our children today to learn our history. The name ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ is woven into our very identity as W̱SÁNEĆ people. With that said, it is a welcome change for the Province to recognize the original name of this place. Only through a common understanding of the true history of this land can the difficult work of reconciliation begin.”

 

Maureen Dale, president of the Friends of John Dean Society —

“The Friends of John Dean Park Society and several descendants of John Dean who were engaged in the renaming process are delighted with the outcome and fully endorse the final naming decision, which recognizes the significance of the mountain to First Nations while retaining the legacy of John Dean’s gift of the park.”

 

Learn More:

For more information about ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Park, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/john_dean/

For more information about the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council, visit: https://wsanec.com/

For more information about BC Parks, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/

 

John Dean Provincial Park renamed to include Indigenous name

By ahnationtalk – June 3, 2019

VICTORIA – Students from ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School, along with First Nations Chiefs, Elders and representatives from the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council, are celebrating their efforts to have John Dean Provincial Park renamed to include a traditional Indigenous name.

George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich-North and the Islands, joined the celebrations at ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School. To reflect historical and cultural significance, the park will be renamed ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Park (pronounced Tlay-will-nook), which translates to “place of refuge.” The name change received royal assent on May 16, 2019, as part of an amendment to the Protected Areas of BC Act.

Located in North Saanich, the mountain in the park features prominently in local First Nations culture as a place that helped save people during the Great Flood thousands of years ago. Due to this connection to the park, the students at ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School requested the name change to include the traditional name for the mountain in the language of the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. BC Parks will update and add new signage that includes both names during the coming year.

Last year, three provincial parks were renamed as part of reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples. Brooks Peninsula Park near Port Alice was renamed Mquqwin/Brooks Peninsula Park, Boya Lake Park in northwest B.C. was renamed Tā Ch’ilā Park and Roderick Haig-Brown Park near Kamloops was renamed Tsútswecw Provincial Park.

Also this year, the Power River Watershed Protected Area on northern Vancouver Island was renamed the Hisnit River Watershed Protected Area. Hisnit is the traditional name for sockeye in the Che:k’tles7et’h’ language.

Quotes:

George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy —

“The letter from students requesting the name change caused me to reflect on what it means to Indigenous youth to see recognition and respect for their traditions, culture, language and the stories they’re told growing up. The Indigenous renaming of parks allows our government to take an important step forward in our ongoing reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples throughout British Columbia and find meaningful ways to recognize and respect their culture and connection to protected lands.”

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands and member of Tsartlip First Nation — “I am honoured to celebrate with the students of ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School as the park and mountain they have known all their lives is acknowledged with its original name ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ in addition to the designation it was assigned in 1921 of John Dean Park. By listening to the Indigenous youth in our communities with open hearts, we learn that reconciliation is about acknowledging our past and working together in a compassionate way through purposeful acts of kindness and inclusion that benefit us all.”

Tsartlip Chief Don Tom, chairman of the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council —

“The W̱SÁNEĆ people have always known this place as ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱. It is where our ancestors found refuge after the Great Flood and it is where we bring our children today to learn our history. The name ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ is woven into our very identity as W̱SÁNEĆ people. With that said, it is a welcome change for the Province to recognize the original name of this place. Only through a common understanding of the true history of this land can the difficult work of reconciliation begin.”

Maureen Dale, president of the Friends of John Dean Society — “The Friends of John Dean Park Society and several descendants of John Dean who were engaged in the renaming process are delighted with the outcome and fully endorse the final naming decision, which recognizes the significance of the mountain to First Nations while retaining the legacy of John Dean’s gift of the park.”

Learn More:

For more information about ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Park, visit:http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/john_dean/

For more information about the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council, visit: https://wsanec.com/

For more information about BC Parks, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/

Royal Assent, ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Park

May 14, 2019, at 17:05:10, BC’s Bill 16 – 2019, received Legislative approval.

 

May 16, 2019, BC’s Bill 16 – 2019, received Royal Assent.

 

ȽÁU,WELNEW is best pronounced as Tlay will nook; the traditional name has been added, nothing has been lost.

 

Here’s the link and mapping to watch the third reading of Bill 16, which passed on May 14, 2019, at 17:05:10.

 

https://www.leg.bc.ca/documents-data/debate-transcripts/41st-parliament/4th-session

Select: Tuesday, May 14, 2019, Afternoon – House, Chamber Video. Watch time 4:57 to 5:06pm. Especially look for MLA Adam Olsen’s statement and question at 4:58, and the Minsters following response. Watch until 5:06pm. Adam – well done, thank-you!

 

I’m so pleased this has happened. Since my grade 3 (1983-84), I’ve been keenly aware of the sacredness of the mountain atmosphere. A few years later, I worked with BC Parks to bring three traditional trail names into the park: SLEKTAIN, THUNDERBIRD, and ȽÁU,WELNEW were approved. By spring 1991 new posts and sings were installed by myself (age 16). In 1995, the name Raven Creek was added, and since then I’ve maintained and replaced the posts and signs as needed. The fact that these names were accepted and never touched by anyone is an amazing testament towards overall long-time acceptance, and now love of these names. Adam Olsen, thank-you so much for properly adding the mountains name to this amazing park.

 

Thank-you John Dean (1850-1943) for saving your intact property, and for inspiring future land additions to the park which you created in 1921.

 

I am pleased to present this new name: ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Park

 

Global News, May 4, 2019

Indigenous students convince B.C. government to change name of provincial park” WATCH: A group of B.C. indigenous students has successfully petitioned the NDP government to change the name of a provincial park on the Saanich Peninsula to reflect the area’s First Nations’ heritage.

 

Best, Jarrett

ȽÁU,WELNEW, an additive process

ȽÁU,WELNEW is best pronounced as Tlay will nook

 

MLA Adam Olsen (Green), May 15, 2019, “This is an additive process, not a reductive one. The name ȽÁU,WELNEW will be added to John Dean Provincial Park so it will now be known as ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park.”

May 16, 2019, Bill 16 – 2019 received Royal Assent.

The full backstory will be presented shortly. Firstly, I believe it’s essential to listen to what Adam Olsen said in the BC Legislature on May 8, 2018: Expanding park land and reattaching Indigenous names through Bill 19 (2018 annual BC Parks amendments bill): https://adamolsenmla.ca/expanding-parkland/ (12:22).

“Indigenous place names have marked and identified important locations throughout British Columbia for countless generations. Following contact and settlement of European people new names were added and signs were erected. Bill 19 expands parkland and begins to reattach Indigenous place names to those important places. In second reading debate I take the opportunity to discuss the importance of Indigenous names to critical locations, and what we can learn from them.”

Both before and after this May 8, 2018, speech, I (Jarrett Teague) suggested to MLA Adam Olsen that if there was ever a time, this was the time to add the traditional name of ȽÁU,WELNEW to John Dean Provincial Park.  Interestingly, John Dean Park was not mentioned in this address. However, within a month, Adam had encouraged and/or inspired the ȽÁU,WELNEW students to petition government for the name change. This name change or addition idea was first made publicly known on June 12, 2018 (Adam Olsen BLOG).

ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ School grade 3 students lobby on behalf sacred mountain

When a grade 3 class from ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ School visited their sacred mountain now known as Mount Newton and John Dean Provincial Park they were dismayed that it was no longer called ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ (place of refuge). So they took action and called me into their classroom.Legend of ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ – https://wsanecschoolboard.ca/about-the-school/the-legand-of-lauwelnew

Posted by Adam Olsen, MLA – Saanich North and the Islands on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Regardless of the spin, since 1990 I have celebrated and promoted the traditional mountain name ȽÁU,WELNEW, which is now well-known and accepted within the park. I fully support this traditional name addition.

Summer 1990, I collaborated with W’S’ANEC elder Gabriol Bartlemen and BC Parks to name three trails and a stream within John Dean Park. For 29 years I have maintained the following signs:

  1. ȽÁU,WELNEW TRAIL  |  ȽÁU,WELNEW ŚKEM¸SET
  2. SLEKTAIN TRAIL  |  SLEKTAIN ŚKEM¸SET
  3. THUNDERBIRD TRAIL  |  ZINCO SOL  |   TO ȽÁU,WELNEW SUMMIT
  4. RAVEN CREEK  |  SQTO¸; SPOOL

Best, Jarrett

ȽÁU,WELNEW/JOHN DEAN PARK

Bill 16 – 2019 changes the name of John Dean Park.

In 1921, John Dean saved this intact property by creating a provincial park. Mr. Dean saved his property from loggers, and inspired future land additions to the park. Today, this provincial park encompasses the summit of Mount Newton/ȽÁU,WELNEW.

First Reading of Bill 16 – March 25, 2019

Second Reading of Bill 16 – May 2, 2019

Third Reading of Bill 16 – May 14, 2019

Royal Assent of Bill 16 – May 16, 2019

W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council event – June 2019

ȽÁU,WELNEW is best pronounced as

Tlay will nook

 

May 1, 2019: E-mail received from MLA Adam Olsen: “Hi Jarrett, I am sorry for the late notice. I just found out that they are calling the Bill for the official name change John Dean to ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean tomorrow at 11am in the Legislature. We have been honoured with the work you have done on behalf of our sacred mountain, I would like to have you here as well. Please let us know if you are able to attend. You will need to be here at about 10:45am. – Adam”

 

May 2, 2019: I arrived at the BC Legislature at 9am, toured the building and watched the 30min question period. Next, was the Second Reading of Bill 16 – 2019: Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 2019 (changes the name of John Dean Park). I sat in seat #98, next to Adam Olsen’s family, and with a total of 24 W̱SÁNEĆ people, 13 were students.

 

3 Schedule C is amended

(f) by repealing the name of John Dean Park and substituting the following:

ȽÁU,WELNEW/JOHN DEAN PARK

 

ȽÁU,WELNEW (Place of Refuge/Escape) is best pronounced as: Tlay will nook

 

First Reading of Bill 16 – Monday, March 25, 2019, Afternoon | 1:47pm to 1:49:10pm

https://www.leg.bc.ca/documents-data/debate-transcripts/41st-parliament#19ebaa65-c692-4a80-ac94-a1ee96e1a4a5=%7B%22k%22%3A%22%22%7D#Default=%7B%22k%22%3A%22%22%2C%22s%22%3A51%7D#6662ba2d-abe3-48b0-96ba-14e9722beeb9=%7B%22k%22%3A%22%22%7D

Second Reading of Bill 16 – Thursday, May 2, 2019, Morning | 11:17:50am to 11:40:45am

https://www.leg.bc.ca/documents-data/debate-transcripts/41st-parliament/4th-session

 

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, the Honourable George Heyman spoke of this year’s act (11:17:50 to 11:26). He started by acknowledging and thanking the W̱SÁNEĆ leaders, and he recognised me by name as a long-time park volunteer. At 11:19am, I was so surprised to hear my name: “and Jarrett Teague, a long-time volunteer, who has done work in the park, which I`m about to address.” Next, at exactly 11:19:45am, the new name “ȽÁU,WELNEW/JOHN DEAN PARK” was spoken in the Legislature, it sounded perfect and beautiful . . .

 

Next, our MLA Adam Olsen spoke of the mountains important history, told the legend of the Great Flood, and the story behind the name of the ȽÁU,WELNEW Tribal School (11:26 to 11:40:45). His speech was all-encompassing, thoughtful, wise, and is very much worth watching. Here’s the link to Adam’s Blog (4 May 19). Suggest watching his entire 15min speech, it’s great.

Restoring ȽÁU,WELṈEW the Place of Refuge

 

Afterwards, the adults and students alike met in Adam’s office for a visit and some interviews were conducted. In conclusion, I feel excited – this is amazing for the park. The mountain’s true name is ȽÁU,WELNEW (Place of Refuge/Escape), a name which I’ve honoured and promoted since 1990. Now the mountains traditional name is properly bestowed upon this super natural provincial park.

Watch minute 6:50 to 8:19

5pm Newscast – May 2, 2019

 

CBC, On The Island
“Indigenous Grade 4 students get government to change name of provincial park.” Scroll to the bottom for a 5:54min audio story of 2  May 19.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/indigenous-john-dean-park-saanich-vancouver-island-legislature-1.5119986

 

Next, Bill 16 will go through Committee for a few weeks. Since there is no objection, this Bill should be signed by Lt Governor of BC, the Honourable Janet Austin by mid-summer 2019.

 

BC Government News Release, March 25, 2019

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019ENV0011-000476

To reflect ancestral connections and support reconciliation efforts, the amendments also include renaming John Dean Park to ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Park (pronounced Tlay-will-nook), which means “place of refuge” in the language of the W̱SÁNEĆ people.

“Giving this park a traditional Indigenous name connects us all with the original history and cultures of our province and supports ongoing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples throughout B.C.,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “I was moved when I received a number of letters from young Indigenous students who all requested this change and expressed so clearly the meaning it would have for them. This legislation also expands our parks and strengthens protection of sensitive lands, so British Columbians will be able to enjoy beautiful natural spaces for years to come.”

 

Bill 16 – 2009

https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/legislation-debates-proceedings/41st-parliament/4th-session/bills/first-reading/gov16-1

 

Further reading: Jarrett’s Name Change Story – December 2018:

LÁU,WELNEW Provincial Park (John Dean)

 

Further reading: Jarrett’s Name Change Story – July 2014:

RESTORING THE TRADITIONAL NAME – ȽÁUWELṈEW

 

HÍ SW̱ KE (thank you)

Jarrett

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Jarrett’s 30th at ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Park

2019 celebrates Jarrett’s 45th birthday, 27 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces, and marks his 30th anniversary of volunteering at John Dean Park. Yes, during spring break 1989, Jarrett was 14½ when he first excavated the great stone steps along Bob Boyd’s Climb, and that summer he participated in building the Slektain Trail. Since then, Jarrett has continuously maintained all trails, signage, removed all invasive plants, cared for the park in all ways, and presented the parks history.

 

2019 also marks Jarrett’s 20th anniversary of living in East Sooke, in the house he built named Safari Illahie. Married in 2009, Touria & Jarrett raise three vibrant children: Amir (8), Sami (6), and Sara (3).

 

For the parks 100th anniversary, Jarrett created the 2018-2021 Centennial Years Celebration. After 29 years of recognising the mountains traditional name ȽÁU,WELNEW, Jarrett is looking forward to adding the traditional name to the parks title: ȽÁU,WELNEW/JOHN DEAN PROVINCIAL PARK.

 

ȽÁU,WELNEW (Place of Refuge/Escape) is pronounced as Tlay will nook.

 

Jarrett’s long list of accomplishments doesn’t require mention here… WELL DONE JARRETT !!!

 

We know that since 1990 you’ve taken, acquired, and organized thousands of park pictures. We hope you’re immense achieve will eventually become publicly available. Thank-you for creating your archive and for your books. JARRETT, thank-you and enjoy your 30th spring/summer at John Dean Park!

 

JARRETT’S FAVOURITE SONGS:

 

Your many Friends,

BROOM MANAGEMENT SYSTEM SUCCESSION | 2019-20

ȽÁU,WELNEW PARK (John Dean)

I'm very excited to report that the park is ivy,
blackberry, Daphne, and broom free!
  • 11 of 11 broom zones are mint;
  • By Dec 18 (80hrs), the broom zones were totally cleared;
  • 75hrs per year is required to maintain the achievement. All meadows are maintained at minus 18”/18mths growth; today, 2” has been achieved throughout;
  • BC Parks does not ask a minimum amount of time or effort. They “appreciate everything people give no matter how big or small”; and
  • This story is posted for future volunteers. The below tables describe the time and commitment needed to maintain and sustain the achievement.

 

THE 11 BROOM ZONES AT ȽÁU,WELNEW PARK (John Dean)

ZONE MEADOWS CLASSIFICATION PRIORITY
1 Airport Radar Tower Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
2 Upper Thomson Cabin Trail Special Place Priority 1, Internal
3 Coast Guard Radar Tower Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
4 Pickles’ Bluff Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
5 ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Trail Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
6 Woodward Trail Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
7 Surveyors’ Trail Trail-side Viewpoint Priority 2, Boundary
8 West Viewpoint Trail-side Viewpoint Priority 2, Boundary
9 West Block Special Place Priority 1, Internal
10 Entrance Road Special Place Priority 1, Internal
11 Upper Gail Wickens’ Trail Special Place Priority 2, Boundary

 

The seedbank is now largely exhausted. Noteworthy, few parks within the region have received such a long-time commitment towards the complete removal of broom.

It’s now my great hope that a person or family adopt each zone. If you have a favorite spot you love and would like to care for, contact Jarrett @ jarrettteague@yahoo.ca // 250-642-3031 for volunteer info:

 

ZONE LOCATION BACKGROUND SITUATION
1

 

2018

mint

Airport Radar Tower:

a)      West side of road, main

b)      East side of road

Flagship Presentation

 

1995, initial removal

 

Major removals occurred

 

2011, Jarrett adopted the meadow; seed bank not exhausted, requires monthly attention

 

2018, the entire zone is fully secured of broom

99% done

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Adjacent broom within MOT compound; unreliably cut

 

Removal actions required, 30min per month / 6hrs annually

 

2

 

2018

mint

Upper Thomson Cabin Trail:

a)      Center east side

b)      Base of slope

c)       Lower shelf

Flagship Presentation

 

1996, initial removal, Jarrett adopted the meadow

 

Seedbank almost exhausted

99% done

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Removal actions required, 30min per month / 6hrs annually

3

 

2018

mint

Coast Guard Radar Tower:

a)      East of entrance road

b)      South metal fence line

c)       Lower-middle treeline

d)      North at wood fence

Flagship Presentation

 

1991, initial major removals occurred

 

1997, Jarrett adopted

 

2018, the entire zone is fully secured of broom

99% done

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Seed bank almost exhausted

 

Requires 30min per month / 6hrs annually

 

4

 

2018

mint

Pickles’ Bluff:

a)      Bluff, center area

b)      Bluff, lower south end

c)       Bluff, lower north end

d)      Meadow, below and north

e)      Meadow south of steps

f)       Meadow far south of steps

g)      Meadow north of steps

 

Flagship Presentation

 

1991, initial removal

 

1992-98, Major removals occurred

 

1999, seed bank exhausted

 

2018, the entire zone is fully secured of broom

99% done

 

Maintained quarterly

 

Requires 30min per month / 6hrs annually

 

5

 

2018

mint

ȽÁU,WELNEW Trail:

a)      Fern Dell Trailhead

b)      West of trail, upper area

c)       East of trail, along ridge

d)      East of trial, middle slope

e)      East of trail, lower S area

f)       East of trail, lower SE area

g)      Northward towards the bluff

 

Flagship Presentation

 

1993, initial removal

 

Dr. Bryce Kendrick adopted; Many thanks to Bryce who pulled in this location: 1995-2013

 

2008, seed bank exhausted

 

2009-current, maintained at -11”

 

2018, the entire zone is fully secured of broom

99% done

 

Maintained quarterly

 

Requires 8-10hrs annually

6

 

2018

mint

Woodward Trail:

a)      Triangle Junction meadow

b)      Triangle Junction, area below and SW

c)       Ridge below Woodward

d)      Lower SE Gary oak Meadow

e)      Ridge above Woodward

Flagship Presentation

 

1993, initial removal

 

1999, Seed bank exhausted

 

Major adjacent seed bank on private property; ongoing action required forever

 

2018, the entire zone is fully secured of broom

99% done

 

Maintained quarterly

 

Requires 30min per month / 8hrs annually

 

7

 

2018

18”

Surveyors’ Trail:

a)      Viewpoint

b)      Viewpoint tree line

c)       Below viewpoint in forest

d)      Behind house

e)      Eastern meadow

f)       Eastern meadow in forest

g)      Above Surveyors’ Trail

h)      Above Surveyors’ Trail, north meadows

 

Trail-side Viewpoint

 

1992, initial removals

 

Ongoing removals by a few Friends occurred; many thanks to Dr. Bryce Kendrick who pulled in this location: 1995-2013

 

2015, Jarrett conducted a 26hr 100% removal throughout the entire area; committed to long-term monthly removals

 

Major adjacent seed bank on private property; ongoing action required forever

 

2018, the entire zone is fully secured of broom

2015, 99% removed

 

Maintained monthly

 

Requires 30min per month / 8hrs annually

8

 

2018

Clear

West Viewpoint:

a)      Lower shelf

b)      Lower shelf, outer perimeter

Trail-side Viewpoint

 

1991, Initial pull; inconsistent removals occurred

 

2015, Jarrett conducted a 100% removal throughout the entire area; committed to long-term monthly removals

 

2018, the entire zone is fully secured of broom

2015, 99% removed

 

Forest broom within sight has been removed

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Requires 15min per month / 5hrs annually

 

 

9

 

2018

mint

 

West Block:

a)      Upper, above relocation

b)      Lower, above the multiple drainage channels

c)       Central meadow

d)      Arbutus Ridge slope

Special Place

 

1996, initial removal

 

Inconstant removals occurred

 

2011, seed bank exhausted

 

2018, the entire zone is fully secured of broom

99% done

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Requires 4hrs annually

10

 

2018

Mint

Entrance Road:

a)      Upper Slektain Meadow

b)      Meadow below road corner

c)       Meadow above fire hydrant

d)      High ridge above road

e)      Cliffs above road

f)       Meadows above Montfort Trail West

 

Special Place

 

1993, initial removal

 

maintained at -11”

 

2018, the entire zone is fully secured of broom

99% done

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Requires 15min per month / 5hrs annually

11

 

2018

clear

Upper Gail Wickens’ Trail:

a)      South trailhead of Barret Montfort East

b)      Former viewpoint

c)       Haldon Park, center meadow

Special Place

 

2002, initial removal, inconsistent removals occurred

 

2006, last seeded; Jarrett adopted the zone

 

 

99% done

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Adjacent broom on private properties

 

Removal actions required, 15min per month / 6hrs annually

 

 

  • In 1991, Jarrett and a committed group of six Friends started to remove the major broom throughout the park. The initial removal of the big broom (2” girth) took six years of hard work. By 1998, the large seed producing broom was gone, and the meadows were growing a continual lawn of baby broom. By 2002, the broom growth slowed and thinned, but continued. Only Bryce Kendrick and I were steadfastly removing broom;
  • Broom produces seeds during its third year, those seeds can remain in the ground for 15-20 years, and therefor it’s essential that all broom be removed immediately to hedge against the 35mth deadline. For example, if a meadow is cleared of 12mth broom, the 36mth regrowth countdown is reset;
  • Jarrett is working towards establishing a multi-volunteer Broom Succession Plan;
  • For spring 2019, the broom is under the 18” / 18mth level. Today, a new volunteer inherits a zero debt & zero deficit workload; and
  • Interested in a favorite spot?   Contact Jarrett @ jarrettteague@yahoo.ca // 250-642-3031

 

 

 

EASY MEADOW ASSESMENT | DEBT, DEFICIT, OWN

Jarrett’s 2015 thinking

 

STAGE EFFORT AGE/HEIGHT THREAT CONTROL
7 no concern 49mth / +31” seed generating abandonment
6 failure 48mth / +30” seed generating rejection of duty
5 setback 36-47mth / 24-29” seed producing negligence of duty
4 debt 24-35mth / 18-23” growth attention
3 deficit 12-23mth / 12-17” growth care
2 routine 3-11mth / 6-11” babies love
1 mastered 1-5” babies minimal own

 

 

SELF-ASSESSMENT | BROOM INVOLVEMENT SPECTRUM

Jarrett’s 2017 thinking

 

 

I don’t know

 

Park visitor

 

Visits the park for a great park experience.

Likely doesn’t want to know about and/or hear about broom, or support those who are involved.

 

I don’t know

 

Level: 1

Park visitor who cares about the park.

Who may have a vague awareness of broom, but does not understand its scope or what they need to learn.

 

I know

 

Level: 2

Park regular who can describe the broom situation, and can remove some broom with support.

They understand what they need to learn to personally progress.

 

I can

 

Level: 3

Park regular who regularly removes broom with little to no support.

They reflexively remove broom without necessarily thinking through it step by step.

 

I am

 

Level: 4

Park reliable who persistently removes broom without any support.

They instinctively seek and remove broom throughout the park, step by step.

 

I guarantee

 

Level: 5

Park steward who has committed that she/he will remove broom prior to 18mths/18” growth, to methodically ensure all broom is removed from the parks 11 broom zones.

Does not require support; does not require thanks; maintains the Master Broom Register; and ensures all work is done each year.

 

 

THE WAY TO SUSTAIN BROOM FREE IS:

 

  • Set mission statement: “ensure the park remains broom-free (under 11mths growth)”;
  • Assign each meadow to a person or family who commits;
  • Leadership monitors and updates the parks “Broom Register” quarterly (11 zones);
  • The best time to surge on broom is October to December; conduct double checks January to February; avoid flower areas March to June; 30min monthly per zone is crucial; and
  • To operate whereby less work is required from future volunteers.

 

  • Broom Sponsor (encouragement / supporter)
  • Broom Companion (2nd year & 1-2 zones)
  • Broom Supervisor (3rd year & 3+ zones)
  • Broom Principal (4th year & all zones)

 

QUALITIES OF VOLUNTEER BROOM COMPANIONS:

Awareness – Interest – Time – Vigour – Ownership

 

  • recognizes action is required;
  • believes broom free must be sustained;
  • identifies with the object of the exercise;
  • commits exceptional worth to the park;
  • performs well;
  • achieves results;
  • regards the role as a talent; and
  • orchestrates a succession plan.

 

LÁU,WELNEW Provincial Park (John Dean)

Traditional Name Addition

The official name change will be from John Dean to ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean.

ȽÁU,WELNEW (Place of Refuge/Escape) is best pronounced as: Tlay will nook

In 2019, John Dean Provincial Park will receive an additional name and/or an amendment to its name, the options are:

  1. ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Park (Jarrett’s wish);
  2. ȽÁU,WELNEW – John Dean Park;
  3. ȽÁU,WELNEW (John Dean) Park;
  4. ȽÁU,WELNEW Park (John Dean); or
  5. ȽÁU,WELNEW Park (the recommendation was just the traditional name)

The indigenous word ȽÁU,WELNEW (pronounced Tlay will nook) translates to ‘Place of Refuge/Escape’. Please listen to this link to learn the proper pronunciation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APQJnL74e5o (minute 1:19+). A formal naming ceremony is being planned for the summer of 2019. This name addition links perfectly into the 2018-2021 Centennial Years’ Experience.

I believe – the Minister of Parks is thrilled to respond to a petition received from grade three students at ȽÁU,WELNEW School (Jun 18). I also believe staffs are pleased to work with newly elected MLA Adam Olsen (BC Green), a member of Tsartlip/W̱JOȽEȽP. This is a great opportunity to attach the Indigenous name of the mountain to the provincial park. Mount Newton is ȽÁU,WELNEW (Place of Refuge/Escape). Adding this name will correctly reflect the traditional W̱SÁNEĆ place name for the area which has been passed down for thousands of years through W̱SÁNEĆ oral tradition of stories and teachings. I believe this dual name will honour First Nations’ history and culture, and will organically provide the connection between place and experience. For regulars and visitors alike, I feel ‘Place of Refuge/Escape’ truly encapsulates the spirit of this amazing park.

MEDIA (you need to fact check; stop saying the name has been ignored) – The name has not been ignored. In Apr-May, 1990 (age 15), I collaborated with W’S’ANEC elder Gabriol Bartlemen and BC Parks to name three trails and a stream within John Dean Park. This occurred within 10 months of the naming of the ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ School. Since then (28 years), John Dean Park has proudly displayed:

  1. ȽÁU,WELNEW TRAIL (4 sign boards)
  2. SLEKTAIN TRAIL (3 sign boards)
  3. THUNDERBIRD TRAIL (2 sign boards) ; and
  4. RAVEN CREEK (1 sign board).

As of 2 Jan 19, the overwhelming favor from 50+ park regulars, all visitors I’ve encountered, descendants of John Dean’s family, descendants of Freeman King, and myself is for the name: ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park. Not one person was against the addition of the name ȽÁU,WELNEW.

LEGISLATION – Spring 2019, I anticipate that the Environment Minister George Heyman will introduce Bill 16 – 2019: Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 2019. Whereby HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia will likely enact the following: by repealing the name of John Dean Park and substituting the following: ȽÁU,WELNEW (John Dean) Park.”

In addition to consulting John Dean’s extended family, and myself, what will likely keep John Dean’s name on legal title is that on November 11, 1921, the province accepted John Dean’s conditions of trust. The 2nd condition stated: “Upon trust, to so maintain the said lands under the title and designation of Dean Park.”

JOHN DEAN PARK – The W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples of the Saanich Peninsula view and cherish the mountain as a sacred place. Through their language SENĆOŦEN (1984), they believe that it is very important to pass down the traditional disciplines, teachings, history, and the way of the W̱SÁNEĆ people. I believe as-long-as the traditional names are known, this sacred mountain will be respected.

In addition to preserving an intact ecosystem, this park, this mountain means so much to us on a spiritual level. As early as April 23, 1934, at the inaugural meeting of the Dean Park Board it was suggested that the name of the park be the John Dean Mount Newton Park. Today, I more fully connect with the instinctive name: ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park.

BACKGROUND – John Dean Provincial Park encompasses the summit of Mount Newton, traditionally known by the W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples in their language of SENĆOŦEN as ȽÁU,WELNEW (place of refuge/escape), best pronounced as Slay will nook.

ȽÁU,WELNEW is the sacred mountain of the W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples. It’s a Thunderbird (ZINC̸O) Mountain, a sacred place of harmony, healing, and balance between body, mind, and spirit.  Legends of the Great Flood, the Thunderbird, and winter ceremonies figure prominently in the culture, which is now a principal part of our collective peninsula history. Those who truly know this place have a deep connection with the mountain as a spiritual centre. To cherish and share the sacred mountain atmosphere is a great personal experience.

There are several great symbols within the legend of the Great Flood: the ocean, the mountain, the cedar rope, the arbutus tree, Raven, and the chosen name W̱SÁNEĆ. As long as the traditional W̱SÁNEĆ place names are cherished, the people will be honoured. Within John Dean Provincial Park, these SENĆOŦEN names are proudly displayed

MOUNT NEWTON | ȽÁU,WELNEW (Place of Refuge/Escape) | installed 1990

ȽÁU,WELNEW TRAIL | ȽÁU,WELNEW ŚKEM¸SET | installed 1990

THUNDERBIRD TRAIL | ZINCO SOL | installed 1990

SLEKTAIN TRAIL | SLEKTAIN ŚKEM¸SET | installed 1990

RAVEN CREEK | SQTO¸; SPOOL | installed 1990

ARBUTUS TRAIL | ḰEḰEYIȽĆ ŚKEM¸SET | 2002

PICKLES’ BLUFF | ĆELE¸WIȽTW̱ (incomparable, unsurpassable) | 2015

 

PRONUNCIATION

ȽÁU,WELNEW (Place of Refuge/Escape) is best pronounced as:

  • Clay well nook (1987-1988)
  • Tlay well newH (1989)
  • Tlay well enewth (1990-2005)
  • Tlay will nooth (2006-2017)
  • Slay will nook (2018)
  • Tlay will nook (2019 current)

 

From the book CAMP 20 (2018): “The best way to start this John Dean Park story is to honour the First Nation peoples and to appreciate the sacredness of the mountain, on which this park is centered. When I was a youth, through Scouting, school, and Camp Thunderbird, aboriginal cultural and legends became a part of my life. This early exposure to the supernatural atmosphere helped fashion my ethics, values, and respect for sacred places. In the spirit of reconciliation and as someone who holds reverence for the W̱SÁNEĆ people, I am pleased to share the existing cross-cultural significance surrounding our shared mountain.”

NAME TIMELINE

1852:  the name Mount Newton first appears on Joseph Pemberton’s peninsula map;

1978:  Tsartlip elder Dave Elliott created the SENĆOŦEN Alphabet;

1984:  the Saanich Indian School Board adopted the Dave Elliott Alphabet to help preserve the SENĆOŦEN language, culture and history;

1987: January 14 and March 11, the name was spelt as Lthaewelngexw (pronounced as Clay wel nook);

1988: The spelling for the mountain was chosen: ȽÁU,WELNEW. The name of the sacred mountain was brought down for and given to the new tribal school.

1989, July 13: was the first time the name ȽÁU,WELNEW appeared publically in the newspaper. The ȽÁU,WELNEW school opened July 15-16th. Today, it’s a place that offers respite and wisdom. The school is a haven, a place for Saanich children to know their history and find a clear vision of their future;

1990: Jarrett Teague (spring 1990, grade 10, age 15) collaborated with Tsartlip Elder Gabriel Bartlemen and BC Parks to name three trails and a stream within John Dean Park; today John Dean Park features the ȽÁU,WELNEW TRAIL, SLEKTAIN TRAIL, THUNDERBIRD TRAIL and RAVEN CREEK;

1995 onwards: Jarrett Teague has consistently acknowledged and used the name LÁU,WELNEW is all of his writings, especially within his seven books which cover the parks history;

1911: Jarrett Teague added the SENĆOŦEN spelling to the: THUNDERBIRD TRAIL signs,  ZINCO SOL, and also added a sign in the parking lot, “To ȽÁU,WELNEW Summit.”

2013: After the march to reclaim Mount Douglas as POLKS, the renaming of Mount Newton has had the support of a vast majority of regular park visitors (Jarrett’s belief);

2014: Tsawout Hereditary Chief Eric Pelkey used the 1yr anniversary of reclaiming PKOLS, and announced, “On Sept. 21, Mount Newton will be reclaimed ȽÁU,WELNEW. The area is sacred to the Saanich people and has been linked to its stories and history for tens of thousands of years. We`re acting on a long-held wish to reclaim the name ȽÁU,WELNEW.” This did not occur. Anticipating this event, Jarrett worked with BC Parks; a permanent sign location was pre-approved at the summit. I believe the intent was to create a similar PKOLS sign, carved by artist Charles Elliott; this hasn’t materialised. BC Parks also encouraged an interruptive sign for the parking lot, which could tell the Legend of the Great Flood; this hasn’t materialised;

2018: In June, grade 3’s at the ȽÁU,WELNEW tribal school created a petition to add the mountains traditional name to the park, to read as: ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Provincial Park.

RENAMED PARKS: To reflect ancestral connection and to support reconciliation efforts, in 2018, five BC parks were renamed with Indigenous titles:

1)       Brooks Peninsula Park on Vancouver Island was renamed as Mquqᵂin / Brooks Peninsula Park, which was originally intended when the park name was changed in 2009 (First Nations name appearing before the original park name). The word Mquqwin means “The Queen” in the Nuu-Chah-Nulth language;

2)       Boya Lake Park near the northwestern BC border was renamed as Tā Ch’ilā Park (Boya Lake), meaning “holes in a blanket,” at the request of the Kaska Dena First Nation;

3)       Roderick Haig-Brown Park in the Shuswap was renamed to the traditional Secwepemc name Tsútswecw Park (Roderick Haig-Brown), which translates to “many rivers,” at the request of the Little Shuswap Indian Band;

4)       Haynes Point Park was renamed as sẁiẁs Park (Haynes Point). sw̓iw̓s (swee-yous) means place where it is shallow or narrow in the middle of the lake. The place name explains how the Okanagan ancestors of the Osoyoos Band used the area as a very important crossing point of Osoyoos Lake;

5)       Okanagan Falls Park was renamed as sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ Park (Okanagan Falls), means little falls and signifies a connection to Kettle Falls, which is known as big falls in the nsyilxcen language. These two falls were the most important fishing sites in the Okanagan Nation’s territory; and

2019:

6)       John Dean Park is next. In 2019, our first donated provincial park will receive an extension to its name. I believe as-long-as the traditional names are known, this sacred mountain will be respected.

 

CBC RADIO ONE, On the Island, June 15, 2018 | Host Gregor Craigie interviews MLA Adam Olsen

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ƚáu-welṉew-tribal-school-john-dean-park-mount-newton-adam-olsen-saanich-1.4706327

QUESTION: CBC’s Gregor Craigie (6:50) – Alright, so you could call it both LÁU,WELNEW and John Dean Park, because, I was going to ask you about this. The importance of perhaps continuing to honor somehow the legacy of John Dean, who as I understand it donated this land, rather than selling it or profiting from timber harvest. So, how important is it in your view, you know, to do both rather than one or the other?

ANWSER: MLA Adam Olsen (7:12) – Well look, I think that once you start to say that – just the controversy goes from the First Nations perspective in removing a name or not acknowledging a name, I don’t think that we want to repeat that history. I think that it is important to acknowledge the history of how that park was established. I don’t think the Saanich people have ever seen Mount Newton or John Dean Provincial Park as a park, they’ve seen it as a sacred place. I wouldn’t suggest the need to remove that name, I think we just need to reattach and to start to tell the story of that place. In fact it makes it more of an interesting place to go and visit – frankly. That it carries these traditional stories, and even the story of John Dean has now become a traditional story here on the Saanich Peninsula. And so, to me I think we can do, what needs to be done, as the kids are requesting – to reattach that name LÁU,WELNEW to that place, and tell that story when people go a visit that very beautiful park at the top of Mount Newton (8:23).

 

CHECK SIX NEWS | June 19, 2018

https://www.cheknews.ca/grade-3-petition-north-saanich-park-renamed-462367/

THE LEGEND OF ȽÁUWELṈEW (1:48, courtesy YouTube, W’S’ANEC School Board) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APQJnL74e5o

SENCOTEN Language Survival

https://prezi.com/dicubxjjmaf3/sencoten-language-survival/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

 

Mount Newton, known as ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ to First Nations, next on name-change list

By Judith Lavoie | Times Colonist, June 15, 2014

Mount Newton is next on the list of Greater Victoria landmarks that First Nations want to see restored to their traditional names.

The Saanich, or Wsanec, tribes know the mountain as ȽÁU,WELNEW, which means place of refuge in the Sencoten language.

“There’s big support for that one in the Saanich Nation because we have always held that mountain sacred,” said Tsawout hereditary chief Eric Pelkey, who spearheaded last week’s march up Mount Douglas to erect a sign bearing the traditional name Pkols.

The Mount Newton campaign is likely to start this fall, Pelkey said. Saanich elders have passed down the story of a great flood, believed to have taken place about 10,000 years ago, he said.

“The people that emerged from it did it by tying themselves to an arbutus tree on the top [of Mount Newton] with cedar ropes and their canoes and that’s how they survived the flood,” Pelkey said.

“When they came down they were called the emerging people and that’s where the name Wsanec came from.”

Grant Keddie, Royal B.C. Museum curator of archeology, said ȽÁU,WELNEW is well-documented as referring to Mount Newton and refers to the place of escape from the flood.

“There is some geological evidence that about 10,000 years ago there was a massive flood, which came down the Fraser River, probably as a result of an ice blockage, and that went across the Strait [of Georgia] and into Saanich Inlet,” Keddie said.

Legends also talk about Mount Newton as home of the thunderbird.

“So it is really quite a significant place,” he said.

 

 RESTORING THE TRADITIONAL NAME – ȽÁU,WELNEW | posted by Jarrett | July 13, 2014

RESTORING THE TRADITIONAL NAME – ȽÁUWELṈEW

 

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, members of the Saanich First Nation will host a march to restore Mount Newton`s traditional name, ȽÁU,WELNEW.

The march will likely commence at the parking lot, and follow the summit access road to the airport radar facility.

Tsawout hereditary chief Eric Pelkey said: “The area is sacred to the Saanich people and has been linked to its stories and history for tens of thousands of years. We`re acting on a long-held wish to reclaim the name ȽÁU,WELNEW.”

–          1852:  the name Mount Newton first appears on Joseph Pemberton’s peninsula map

–          1978:  Tsartlip elder Dave Elliott created the SENĆOŦEN Alphabet

–          1984:  the Saanich Indian School Board adopted the Dave Elliott Alphabet to help preserve the SENĆOŦEN language, culture and history

–          1990:  this author collaborated with W’S’ANEC elder Gabriol Bartlemen and BC Parks to name three trails within John Dean Park: THUNDERBIRD (ZINCO), LÁU,WELNEW and  SLEKTAIN   

–          2013:  the renaming action has the support of a wide variety of groups and community leaders

–          2014:  BC Parks has approved a permanent sign location at the summit, similar to the 2013 PKOLS sign carved by Artist Charles Elliott. An interruptive sign telling Legend of the Great Flood is planned for the Thunderbird Trailhead

 

 

HÍ SW̱ KE (thank you)

Jarrett,

250-642-3031

 

Merrill Harrop Trail 2018 Improvements

Sustainable trail improvements have been accomplished. For a particular project at John Dean Park (17-21 Dec 18, full days), I’ve never received so many compliments. Thank-you so much for your support and appreciation for this high-level trail stewardship.

Anyone familiar with the Merrill Harrop Trailhead at Alec Road, knows the long exposed polished Douglas fir root that people were slipping on. Recently, an 18”stonewall was built over the root, and the trail was shifted over one foot, and the trail surface was graded. Although a minor improvement, the West Entrance is now safe, sustainable, and looks cared for versus neglected. Fresh clear crush was also spread over the surface.

Regulars will also be familiar with the upper rocky reroute (2002) stretch. Recently, the two narrow spots that were held up by spongy failing logs were renovated. Wait until you see these two spots now! Thanks to the guidance received from Andrew Mitchell, this project was done correctly and will last for decades. The rotten supporting logs and a rotten stump were removed, and large stones were properly placed. Next, a knee high stonewall was built and correctly back filled with small binding rocks. These two stretches are now safe and sustainable. Also, the steepest sloping stretch received six new stone steps. This steep spot consistently has water draining from the meadow above, had eroded, was root exposed, and because it was on slopping rock it was difficult to walk on, especially on colder days.

 

MERRILL HARROP TRAIL BACKGROUND

Throughout the summer and autumn of 1987, Edo Nyland and Ted Greenwood surveyed, planned, and flagged the west-side Alec Road Trail.

On January 22, 1988, Edo Nyland (Friends President) wrote the BC Parks Zone Supervisor, to report the east-side trail had been completed: “Sometime last year I drew on a contour map the continuation of our trail in a westerly direction, which we sent to you. I would appreciate it if you could inspect this flagged trail on the ground and pass on your opinion about this proposed location. If continuation is acceptable, I would like to have your approval in writing so that we can continue our work. We have a group of about 14 people working on Saturdays; some of them steady workers while others show up only occasionally. The momentum is here and I hate to have to stop the construction process.” By telephone, on January 26, Edo received permission to continue the east side trail westward to Alec Road.

Volunteer moral was high, and steady progress was happening weekly. The new “Alec Road Crew” was led by Ted Greenwood. Ted guided 11 regular volunteers who worked from Alec Road upwards. To build the Woodward Trail, the 20 available regulars split into two crews. The “Central Saanich Crew” consisted of six regulars and was led by Conroy Schultz. They started the Woodward Trail working from the West Viewpoint Trail eastward. The “East Side Crew” consisted of 14 regulars and was led by Edo Nyland. They started the Woodward Trail as a continuation of the Barret Montfort Trail and worked westward. By mid-April the two crews met just west of today’s Illahie Trailhead, and the Woodward Trail was opened for public use. Next, they all started on the Alec Road Trail. They worked from the West Viewpoint Trail down/westward, and built the upper quarter of the trail. On the weekend of 14-15 May, 1988, the “Alec Road Crew” and the “Upper Crew” met at the point where a series of drainage channel is now maintained, just above where the winter stream runs under the trail.

Merrill Harrop was a long-time resident, respected member of the equestrian community and was a regular partaker of the “Alec Road Crew”. Although he was older, his personality and experience motivated the crew. Between February and May 1988, on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Merrill road his horse from his West Saanich Road farm, cross-country to Alec Road and up the new trail. Merrill left his horse just below that days working section. Almost immediately, the trail crew came across the remains of a dead horse. Soon after, that skeleton was removed by students from UVIC for further study. I’ve heard working with Merrill was positive and was also “attention-grabbing times”. During this period, Merrill gathered the second largest number of signatures for the west-side land addition petition. If there was a weekly theme, it was horses. If originally intended or not, the trail was built to bridal width. Jo Doman, a co-founder of the Friends, suggested the name Merrill Harrop Trail. Suddenly that name became the expected and hoped for name by everyone involved.

STEWARDSHIP – My hands-on stewardship at John Dean Park began Easter weekend 1989. Though I was aware of the Merrill Harrop Trail, my proactive and consistent maintenance of this trail didn’t begin until the 1992-93 winter (age 18). Since my start on this trail, I’ve created and maintain the drainage channels, groom vegetation, remove fallen trees and debris, maintain the signage, have rerouted and/or upgraded nearly every stretch of trail, and continually search for and remove baby ivy throughout the West Block. After 26 years of working this provincial park trail, it’s now considered safe, enjoyable, and sustainable.

IVY CONCERN – In October of 1993, Edo Nyland and I followed the parks south line from Alec Road up to the West Viewpoint. Near the bottom we found a huge patch of ivy covering the ground and up every tree. We returned a week later to cut the major vines, and to at least force a delay in its spreading. However we knew the ivy removal priority was Illahie. In 2010, it was my great honour to return with a few nearby residents and whip-out that ivy patch. Because Ivy seeds are being deposited by birds, future volunteers will need to conduct cross country ivy monitoring, take initial action, and long-term follow up will be needed to ensure the park remains ivy-free.

 

MAJOR TRAIL CONTRIBUTORS (Alec Road Trail)

TED & GWEN GREENWOOD – Were the first residents to suggest the land addition idea. They surveyed the west-side proposed route (1987), and coordinated the trails construction (1988).

EDO NYLAND – Founder and president of the Friends of John Dean Park (1984-1990) & (1996-2000); Nyland coordinated the land addition campaign, the west-side trail construction, and acquired the most land addition petition signatures (1987-88).

JO DOMAN – Founder and director of the Friends of John Dean Park (1984-1999); Jo planned and facilitated the land addition petition. Active within the equestrian community, Jo encouraged a west-side bridle route, and proposed the name Merrill Harrop Trail.

MERRILL HARROP – On May 21, 1988, the Alec Road Trail was named in honour of Merrill, a long-time resident. For years Merrill had taught the skills of horse-riding to youth at his ranch along West Saanich Road, and in 1978 he published a book: Schooling the Young Horse. He easily gathered hundreds of land-addition petition signatures from the farming community.

Dr. TERRY HUBERTS, Minister of State for Vancouver Island/Coast and North Coast, Responsible for Parks (1988-89), MLA for Saanich and the Islands. – Dr. Huberts was instrumental in bringing to fruition this west-side land addition to John Dean Provincial Park.

ANDREW MITCHELL – A long-time resident and retired Forester, Andrew has been a regular on the trail since 2003. In 2009, Andrew removed many tripping hazards from the trail and placed clay based soils over roots. From his university time and throughout his carrier with the BC Forest Service, Andrew has used his teachings and experience to bring together all aspects of study for land use decisions. In Forestry, he effected many adjustments in operating practices and policy. Though our dozens of conversations, he has bestowed upon me the bearings of trail gradient, sustainably, safety, and the necessity of building correctly versus a quick fix.

2018-2021 Centennial Years

JOHN DEAN PARK 100 – We’re now experiencing the 100th anniversary of John Dean Provincial Park. The scope of this anniversary ranges between 2018 and 2021.

1918 was the year John Dean spent the most time at his cabin retreat, Illahie. It was the year he promised the Sidney Board of Trade a portion of his property for a reservoir.

100 years ago, on August 17-18, 1918, John Dean placed a map of the Saanich Peninsula at the summit of Mount Newton. It was housed within a glass cabinet, attached to a post that had a tripod sitting on bedrock and it was anchored by piled rocks. Here’s the excerpts from John Dean’s Cabin Diary:

August 17, 1918: Returned at 10:50, fine day, though sprinkled rain. Finished fence around north gate + got out tripod for map to set up on summit; carrying up at 9pm. Finishing first volume of Don Quixote, to bed at 10:30pm. (10:50am 58, 1:30pm 64, 10pm 58)

August 18, 1918: Rain – Fairly fine, rain heavy shower at 8pm. George, Mrs. + Norma Porter arrived at 4:00, set up triangle in morning for map, cleaned up trail to big granite bolder from map, cut down oaks to give better view of Victoria. Afternoon fixed map frame + finally set up at 9pm. (8am 56, 3:30pm 60, 10pm 59)

Two years later, on August 25, 1920, John Dean wrote: Quite cool – Made signboard, lettered + painted letters, Mt. Rainier >>> 150 miles away, 14,408 Ft. High; finished paint 8:45, retired at 9pm tired. (6:45am 55, 12pm 54, 9pm 58)

Similar to how the 1st 1995 purchase centennial shifted to the 2nd 2009-2017 cabin builds centennial, the 3rd centennial has now commenced. The 2018-2021 establishment of Dean Park centennial notes the inspiration John Dean received, and acknowledges the time spent to create Dean Park.

Through 1919 and 1921, John Dean conversed and worked with the provincial government to eventually preserve and protect 80% of his Mount Newton property:

–          1921, November 11 – Conditions of Trust signed

–          1921, December 9 – BC Legislature established Dean Park

The John Dean Park Centennial Era will likely be celebrated on Saturday, July 17, 2021. This is Canada’s Parks Day which takes place on the 3rd Saturday of July each year. Afterwards, the actual Centennial will climax on December 9, 2021.

  • 100th SOUVENIR BADGE

John Dean Park Souvenir Centennial Badge
The first Centennial Era souvenir is now available. Between 1981 and 1985, this entrance portal sign was positioned at the NW corner of East Saanich Road and Dean Park Road. After a truck dislodged the sign, BC Parks stowed the sign at Goldstream, and in 1988 reinstalled it within the provincial park, halfway up the road on the right where the middle fire hydrant is. In 1990, someone chain sawed the letter J off. Soon after, BC Parks removed this sign and replaced it with the current entrance sign.

$4 – meet in the park

$5 – send by mail

jarrettteague@yahoo.ca

QUARRY PARK REVIVAL

Stewardship Fervour | 5yr Strategy – summer 2019 update

By Jarrett Teague

 

The long-time anticipated Quarry Park revival has begun, and you are invited to participate . . . We started spring 2017.

Part 1:  QUARRY PARK

Quarry Park is the most southern park in North Saanich, and when driving along East Saanich Road one can’t help but notice that stretch of unusually tall forest which is park. The park has a great forest floor which can host the full variety of natural forest plants. There are several 250 year-old Douglas firs situated near the special cliff area. These big-old trees have watched over this area since the mid-1700s. Underneath the high southern cliff are two natural dens which can be used by mammals. The manmade 1930s granite quarry has metamorphosed into a natural environment, and has become an interesting place for kids to play, realise reclamation, and experience a local forest that is protected from development. To maintain a natural (as-possible) forest, it is important to set the stewardship example and inspire the next generations to maintain and/or improve what they have.

 

Part 2:  MY HISTORY WITH QUARRY PARK

Autumn 1982, while in grade three at Sansbury Elementary, I first regularly biked to and hiked in Quarry Park. The park felt revitalized and welcoming. New cedar signs had been placed at both of the Horseshoe Trailheads, a round cedar picnic table with two chairs were placed in the middle of the quarry, and a bench was perfectly positioned above the southern cliff. My first impression was that Quarry Park was cared for. However, it didn’t take long for me to realise the park was becoming neglected.

In January 1991 (age 16), inspired by the Friends of John Dean Park, I attempted to start a Friends of Quarry Park. I created a basic pamphlet and delivered it to my entire paper route plus the nearby homes. Looking back, it was not surprising that I did not receive a single response. I also wrote North Saanich Council and later walked Quarry Park with the Parks Commission. The upshot was I learnt the commissioners wanted to inspire volunteers, and had plans to create a new Park Warden program. A few months later, I was invited to attend the municipal hall after school, and was one of the first people to be presented the new North Saanich Volunteer Green Ball Cap. This gift motivated my role at Quarry Park, and it continued until 1999 when I moved to East Sooke, and joined the Regular Armed Forces.

During the 1990s I was so heavily involved in removing broom and ivy from the flagship John Dean Provincial Park, I simply didn’t see Quarry as a priority. Also, because I was young, I didn’t have the necessary awareness I now possess, to take the essential preventive action. A major conflict of my time and true interest occurred with John Dean Park, so Quarry fell aside and only remained in my heart. By the mid-2000s, the ivy was spreading into Quarry Park, and Daphne, laurel, holly, and blackberry followed and established.

 

Part 3:  FRIENDS OF NORTH SAANICH PARKS

Contacts:

–          Ashlee: ashleeanna4180@gmail.com  (Founder, Organizer & North Saanich Liaison)

–          Sharon: sharonhope@shaw.ca  (Founder , Promotion, and Technical Advisor)

 

Thank goodness by 2017, Sharon and Ashlee created Friends of North Saanich Parks. R.O. Bull, Denham Till, Lillian Hoffar, Nymph Point and Quarry Park, were the first parks to receive their attention, chiefly on the invasive species front. Some of their mission and vision statements are:

 

MISSION & VISION STATEMENTS

–          “Our mission is to create stewardships for each park in North Saanich. There are 24 parks in North Saanich in need of restoring. We are removing invasive plant species out of these parks while building relationships with the community.”

–          “The invasive plant species in North Saanich Parks are decreasing the biodiversity, suffocating native species and negatively impacting the ecosystem and its soils. Let’s work together to remove invasive plants out of our North Saanich parks and help the forests return to their natures state.”

–          “We hope to remove all the invasive plant species out of a series of parks per year as well as support the development of stewardships for these parks.”

–          “Let’s help restore the ecosystem and protect the animals and native plants.”

 

Such vision and leadership quickly got my attention, and I attended their work parties at Quarry Park. We have now hosted or organized eight ivy pulls. We started from inside the quarry, worked around the quarry, and along the entrance road, and each time produced a large pile of debris. After each event, North Saanich Parks has removed the piled invasive plants. Here are the “work party” events:

  • 29 Apr 17 | Friends & 10th Tsartlip Scouts | 12 Volunteers, 3.75hrs | 45hrs
  • 28 Oct 17 | Friends & 10th Tsartlip Scouts | 17 Volunteers, 3.75hrs | 63.75hrs
  • 25 Nov 17 | Friends | 8 Volunteers, 4hrs | 32hrs
  • 12 May 18 | Friends & Men’s Newcomers | 7 Volunteers, 3.75hrs | 26.25hrs
  • 16 Jun 18 | Friends & Green Team | 23 Volunteers, 3.25hrs | 74.75hrs
  • 20 Oct 18 | Friends & Green Team | 17 Volunteers, 3.25hrs | 55.25hrs
  • 5 Apr 19 | Friends | 7 Volunteers | 21.75
  • 11 May 19 | Friends & Green Team | 18 Volunteers, 3.25hrs | 58.5

Work Party Total: 377.25hrs

 

On November 25, 2017, Sharon Hope wrote: “Let me congratulate you on being the first true Steward of a park under the North Saanich municipality through the Friends of North Saanich Parks.” And on June 30, 2018, Sharon wrote: “Jarrett you are truly one of the most persistent people I know, congratulations on being a stellar example to others in terms of ecological volunteering. Good luck as you continue.”

 

Please help the Friends of North Saanich Parks to restore this park by giving a couple hours of your time. If you’re interested, contact Ashlee, Sharon or Jarrett at their email address.

           

Part 4:  MY QUARRY PARK WORKFLOW (as a Quarry Park Steward)

–          Removed major garbage (two trucks were filled);

–          Boundary awareness achieved;

–          Ivy was severed from tree bases;

–          North Saanich staff removed blackberry from inside the quarry, wheel ruts were leveled and the quarry became an attractive parklike setting;

–          Participated in four of five Friends work parties;

–          Daphne, laurel, holly, and blackberry are removed as discovered. Ivy is removed in priority, and stages. The parks ivy was mapped, and a five-year removal plan has been plotted;

–          The high south area was cleaned of garbage;

–          Old kids forts and bike jumps were dismantled and sites restored;

–          Major holly and blackberry were removed south of the quarry; and

–          To achieve full ivy removal, the strategy is to properly remove ivy working from the outside inwards and/or as inspired to work. The oldest and deepest two patches are in the SE corner, and they’ll be done lastly.

 

Part 5:  QUARRY PARK IVY ZONES

 

Zone Area Status & History
1 – Inside Quarry, and up to the Horseshoe Trail a)      Quarry bottom

b)      North slope to loop trail

c)      East cliff

d)      South slope to loop trail

Stage 1 is at 90%

Blackberry and Daphne is done. Much proactive work has been undertaken

2 – Roadside a)      1st power pole

b)      2nd power pole

c)      SW corner

Stage 1 accomplished

Areas: A,B are at Stage 2

Area C hasn’t been touched

3 – South of Quarry, outside of Horseshoe Trail a)      Trail to fallen log

b)      Fallen log to cliff base

c)      SW of cliff base

d)      South line

e)      SW corner

This is the largest zone. Ivy has been severed from all trees. Daphne, laurel, holly, and blackberry have been removed. The zone has been prepped for a work party
4 – North of Quarry, outside of Horseshoe Trail a)      North trailhead

b)      Trail to north boundary

Ivy has been severed from all trees. Daphne, laurel, holly, and blackberry have been removed
5  – Outside of park, private property a)      SW corner

b)      SE corner

c)      North line

Property owners may be contacted; volunteers will not be doing this work. The ivy on private properties will enviably re-enter the park. Long-time park stewardship is paramount to sustain the achievement

 

IVY REMOVAL STAGES

–          Stage 1, major pull, vines and roots

–          Stage 2, surgical removal of roots completed

–          Stage 3, confirmed surgical removal, area root secure

–          Stage 4, extensive examination, declared ivy free

–          Stage 5, exhaustive inspection & action, confirmed ivy free

–          Stage 6, declared 100% ivy free

–          Stage 7, commitment to long-term monitoring & action

 

Part 6:  THE VALUE OF TIME EXPENDED

English ivy (Hedera helix) is an evergreen vine that is renowned as a serious, smothering invasive plant. Once planted by mankind, or when eventually birds deposit seeds, it quickly grows and forms a dense monoculture groundcover that suppresses the natural vegetation, and the forest floor becomes unsuitable for native creatures. Also, the vines climb the trees, and during heavy winds or when snow and ice intensify, trees with ivy can be forced down.

 

In summary, there are several major benefits to removing invasive plants:

1)      Returns the forest to a natural state which can be enjoyed by all people;

2)      Allows native flora and fauna to flourish;

3)      Conserves trees of all sizes;

4)      Children experience an unmodified forest environment; and

5)      Enables an atmosphere which increases the wellness of park visitors.

 

Part 7:  AUTUMN 2023 GOAL

Quarry Park is a major undertaking. As a Steward of Quarry Park, I plan on achieving stage 4 (extensive examination, declared ivy free) by autumn 2023. The amount of ivy at Quarry is much larger than the Illahie patch was at John Dean Park. The only difference is the Illahie ivy was 80 years old, 8” deep and well established.

 

Much of the ivy at Quarry was planted outside of the park during the early-1980s, and has spread mostly from the SW corner. In only 35 years, it has made its way up to the high southern cliff, and beyond the parks north boundary line. Luckily for Quarry, the ivy isn’t deep, and it can be conquered. The only reality I foresee is that ivy surrounds the park on many private properties, and will surely re-enter the park. I’ll do Stage 7 (commitment to long-term monitoring & action). However to sustain the achievement after my time, a caring and engaged level of stewardship will be required. Either the municipality of North Saanich or a future Friends of Quarry Park will be required to be on scene and take necessary long-time removal actions. I’ll approach this in the same way as was done at Illahie in John Dean Park (1995-2009, onwards). Illahie took 15 years to arrive at Stage 6; I plan to achieve park-wide Stage 4 by autumn 2023.

 

Please help us restore this park by giving a couple hours of your time. If you’re interested, contact Ashley, Sharon, or Jarrett. See you at Quarry . . .

 

FURTHER READING

Here’s the Ivy story that occurred at John Dean Provincial Park

http://www.johndeanpark.com/removing-the-parks-ivy/

 

Best, Jarrett

jarrettteague@yahoo.ca

 

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