Beaches and Mountains, 16:00 – 23:00
Wonderfully shares and explains:
- Saanich / W̱SÁNEĆ
- Mount Newton / ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱
- Ancient stories
- How the mountain received its name
- 13 moons and teaching through songs
- The relationship to the homeland
Beaches and Mountains, 16:00 – 23:00
Wonderfully shares and explains:
Today (2 Aug 21) on CBC’s the Early Edition, a panel discussed renaming British Columbia.
Me-si’-ka Illahie (Our land) or Illahie Chuck (Land and Water)
An excerpt from the parks 100th book, John Dean 21:
ILLAHIE TRANSLATES FROM CHINOOK AS COUNTRY, LAND, EARTH AND SOIL
Today at Ƚ/JDP, the Chinook name Illahie is prominently featured at John Dean’s Cabin Site.
April 22, 1884 was the day John Dean (age 33) first arrived in Victoria. Much of Victoria’s population was still devoted to the British Empire at this time. Only 41 years earlier (1843) Fort Victoria was founded; 35 years earlier (1849) the Colony of Vancouver Island was created; 26 years earlier (1858) the two Crown Colonies were joined together; and 13 years earlier (1871) the Crown Colony of British Columbia joined Canada. Victoria was a growing city which had many economic and cultural opportunities.
John Dean, a Victoria pioneer would have been keenly aware of Chinook, a widely-used Indigenous trading language. This unique language originated along the Columbia River during the early 1810s, as easily-spoken words of Indigenous languages were mixed with English fishing words and French farming words to create this grassroots trading jargon. It soon evolved into a distinct Pacific Northwest language, and over the decades more than a quarter of a million people spoke this language as part of their everyday life. Had Chinook survived, it may have evolved into a permanent regional language which might have helped achieve the modern-day concept of reconciliation through sharing beliefs, traditions and philosophies. Chinook could have laid the course for an Indigenous syncretic culture. I believe if the Pacific Northwest had become its own country, a cross-cultural identity and lifestyle would have emerged and prospered.
On July 23, 1910, John Dean (age 59), who was still connected with the pioneer era of Victoria and the synergy of Chinook, named his secluded mountain top cabin Illahie, which means country, land, earth and soil in Chinook. He selected this name to identify the property as a Country Home. Clearly John Dean chose to use and respect the Indigenous trading language Chinook, which would have meaning to all Indigenous traders of the time. Today, the only remains of this language are honoured in unique place names and memorials.
John Dean honoured the name Illahie by carving a sign and installing it next to the door of his first cabin. In 1918, when the surrounding fence and entrance gates were erected, Dean installed carved signs above the three entrance gates. The name became more prominent in 1921 when John Dean donated 80 of his 100 acres for a park, and the new survey maps identified his remaining 20-acre property as Illahie.
After John Dean sold the 20-acre property to the syndicate of friends in July 1939 (age 88), the surrounding fence and signs were removed, and the name nearly disappeared. However the name did survive through survey maps, within Dean’s diaries, and five known photographs of the south side entrance gate.
For the parks 75th anniversary in 1996, the narrow ivy-laden path which provided a loop around John Dean’s cabin was named Illahie Loop Trail. Today after much stewardship, the entire area is ivy-free, and the cabin site name reminds us of earlier times.
The centennial of ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ / John Dean
1st Donated BC Park
Established: December 9, 1921 | 2021 Centennial
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CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE PARK, the ancient history of ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ (Place of Refuge) is explored and the centenary of John Dean’s unique gift is contemplated.
Only a century ago, in 1918 and 1920 John Dean spent his most days per year at his cabin named ILLAHIE. The public and friends visited, and they loved the atmosphere. The cabin’s location, Dean’s stories, the big trees, vistas, and the essence of place stirred visitors love towards his property, which surely inspired John Dean. In 1918, John Dean promised the Sidney Board of Trade a portion of his property for a reservoir. Through 1919 and 1921, John Dean worked with the provincial government to create DEAN PARK.
A century later, the mountains traditional name ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ (Place of Refuge) was added to the parks title. Established on December 9, 1921, ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱／John Dean Park has the distinction as the first donated provincial park. Today this flagship park is expanded, protected, treasured, highly maintained, and remains a place of connection.
East Boundary, Oct-Nov 21
BC Forest Service Wild Fire Branch at ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Provincial Park – to reduce the fuel loads within the forest along the eastern boundary and along the entrance road, this October and November, the BC Forest Service Wild Fire Branch will undertake a Fuel Management Prescription. Fifteen areas along the park’s eastern boundary and the entrance road have been identified:
EAST BOUNDARY TREATMENT AREAS
A1 west of Charmanah
A2 west of Charmanah and up Raven Creek
A3 above Barret Montfort Trail road crossing
A4 between Dean Park Road and Minstrel Place
A5 west of Minstrel and Echo Places
A6 west of Cathedral Place, south boundary
A7 west of Cathedral Place
A8 between Barret Montfort Trail and Cathedral Place
A9 east of Barret Montfort Trail
A10 above Dean Park Road, north of fire hydrant
A11 above Dean Park Road, south of Barret Montfort Trail
DEAN PARK ROAD TREATMENT AREAS
B1 south of road, above Slektain and Bob Boyd Trailheads, north of road
B2 north of road, below upper Slektain meadow
B3 east of road, mid-point
PARKING LOT TREATMENT AREA
C1 a circular area surrounding the parking lot; from upper parking lot, mid-Thunderbird south of the summit access road to below upper Valley Mist Trailheads.
TREATMENT SPECIFICATION RATIONALE
This treatment area is part of a long-term plan to mitigate the wildfire hazard in ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Provincial Park where high visitor use increases the probability of fire starts from human ignitions and potentially impact values at risk including park amenities, nearby structures, and ecological features. Increased visitor demand and use of the park as a regional recreational destination have increased the number of people accessing the trails which are popular with dog owners, local residents, and tourists. These factors add to the growing concern of this area for fuel mitigation activities necessary to protect communities from the threat of wildfire.
The objective of this fuel treatment prescription will focus on reducing high hazard fuels directly adjacent to residential areas, park buildings and structures, First Nations values, trails, and the Dean Park Road access / egress route. Proposed fuel treatments of high hazard fuels (Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System C-3 fuel type) are thinning, pruning and surface fuel removal to reduce the likelihood of a surface fire transitioning to a more dangerous crown fire, thereby protecting property and critical infrastructure from damage and improving the personal safety of visitors and staff. Additionally, fuel treatments will facilitate access and safety for firefighting crews, should a wildfire burn through or start in this area.
By removing smaller stems, fuel continuity and ladder fuels will be reduced. In relation to the fuel components of the Wildfire Threat Assessment worksheet, the focus of the treatment is to reduce the density of live and dead suppressed understory conifers <17.5cm diameter, raise the crown base height by removing live lower branches, and reduce surface fuels (fine, medium and coarse woody debris).
In addition, fuel treatments will support the conservation and recreation objectives of the Park Act and ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Provincial Park to mimic the region’s previous fire regimes, increase understory biological diversity, promote gap dynamics, advance the stand towards old growth succession thereby protecting old-growth Douglas-fir forest, and to provide opportunities for the study, viewing, and enjoyment of the park’s ecosystems.
FUEL TREATMENT PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Reports prepared by B.A. Blackwell & Associates, March 31, 2020
Source materials provided by BC Parks
Great news for everyone; access improvement and trail upgrades are underway. The 1995 staircase infrastructure will be removed (June 2021) and replaced with a new 15% trailhead that will serve as an accessible and sustainable trailhead route.
Over the past two years, BC Parks staff and experienced trail volunteers have located the most appropriate trail route. The new route is approved; reconfiguration is underway… a new switchback trail route will be opened this June.
ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ / John Dean Park, West Viewpoint Trail
– 1937 – trail built
– 1995 – staircase installed
– 2021 – staircase removed
To improve trail access and safety, this year BC Parks will be removing the staircase and installing a new access trail. The route has been carefully selected. It starts from the middle of the pond and traverses up a 15% gradient. The upshot is that staircase replacement and downline maintenance costs will be avoided, and hikers will experience an easier trail approach.
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Thank-you for your suggestions and support.
The Creation of a Flagship Provincial Park
In 1921, John Dean protected his amazing untouched property by creating Dean Park (80 acres). At this time, the slopes of ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱／Mount Newton had not been logged or touched by mankind. There were no highways, airport or ferries and the nearby population was very small. The ecosystem of the mountain was intact, pristine and quiet. Thankfully Dean possessed the foresight and awareness to create this mountaintop park.
ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱／John Dean Park (Ƚ/JDP) encompasses the summit of Mount Newton, traditionally known by the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich, the Emerging People) in their SENĆOŦEN language as ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ (Place of Refuge/Escape/Healing).
Starting in 1937, the BOḰEĆEN/Pauquachin Reserve and all other surrounding properties were selectively logged. Meanwhile Dean Park was developed and opened for public access. The end-result was that the highest old growth valley on the mountain remained intact and showcased giant old growth trees. The park promptly became an extraordinary place to visit and explore.
Although the times and realities have changed, the spirt of place, and our familiarity and wonder with it, has not. The legacy of John Dean’s 1921 gift continues to preserve the forest surrounding the summit, and has become a place of refuge from the busy world below . . .
Andrew Smith Mitchell, 28 Jul 47 – 6 Nov 20
Andrew has been visiting the park since the mid-80s. I first met Andrew in September 2002, shortly after he retired from the Forest Service. Within a few years he became a regular walker on the Alec Road, Merrill Harrop Trail, every morning. Imagine that… must be over 5,000 trips up & down.
Andrew leaves behind four amazing women:
A retired Professional Forester, a wonderful family man, a major park volunteer and true friend . . . I am writing to report my best friend, Andrew Mitchell has passed (73).
On 10 Nov 20, I placed the second set of flowers at the signpost, and walked the Harrop Trail for the first-time knowing Andrew was gone (my heart was wrenching). The night prior there was a wind and some branches fell, this was the first change that happened of which Andrew has not seen. And sure enough, WOW, I encountered his wife Janet, youngest daughter Heather with friend Joseph, and middle daughter Laura. A hundred feet away, I let out, “Hello Andrew”, just as I have done for years. Felt so good, and the greeting was warmly received by family.
Every time I worked with Andrew on a specific project, I jokingly asked, what is your middle name…
Smith, he replied.
I always asked, who was Smith.
Smith is my Grandmother’s maiden name [1875–1949].
The conversation naturally continued into getting to know each other. We averaged a day or a project working together about 2-3 times a year, and we walked together weekly along the Merrill Harrop Trail. One time I mentioned that traditional Foresters sign their memo’s using their initials. I asked, how does A.S. Mitchell Arbutus Grove sound? And Andrew laughed. The topic was just for laughs, as we expected him to live another 20+ years.
I am 46, Andrew 73 (27-year difference); and I can say he was my best friend. Three times over the past decade, my wife Touria telephoned Andrew expressing concern that I was late and may be hurt in the park. Twice, Andrew left his home in the dark and drove to Alec, Thomson, Carmanah and Dunsmuir, looking for my car. Turns out I arrived home as he was driving. One time, I found him at Alec Road at 5:30pm sitting in his car, engine running, radio on, waiting for me. It was mid-December, misty wet, and he showed that he cared for me. Not just cared for me, but clearly understood the fullness that goes into the levels of volunteering we undertook.
I made it up to him…. I responded to an invite to receive a box of squash he grew in his garden… The box was so incredibly heavy, it could not be lifted; my back seat was filled. Andrew was much more than a Forester, he was a family man, gardener, cook, an excellent father to the girls, and fully cared for the family.
We shared and agreed over many conversations concerning trail standards in parks. He fully understood trail gradient and always referred to the leading US National Parks trail standards. Once, I arrived at Alec Road, the rain was so heavy (all-day type) that I withdrew and went to his home for a visit. We sat together and drank many cups of a white tea (Janet, I need to know the name?)… His kitchen table was purposely built, very thick, wonderful, warm, and so large that I am sure it cannot be moved, lol. Andrew was the guy to open his door and say, “come on in”. I think I arrived a dozen times, and never once did he show awkwardness, rather it was a full welcome. He was a genuine man, a true real guy, a man who knew and understood everyone, and welcomed friends.
My wife Touria reacted to a remark I made about Andrew kicking a stone out of the trails surface. She said, “Stop, I would get on my knees and kiss his feet. He is wonderful and cares for Laura.”
The morning of Andrew’s 70th birthday, I planned a meet-up with Andrew at the Alec Road trailhead. My two sons, Amir and Sami came with me (ages then, 6 and 4), and we gave him a gift and a fantastic send-off for his walk with Laura. In-hindsight, I am so glad I made the effort to express my love…
Andrew: hundreds of people are thinking of you and will miss you. I am sure everyone who knew you will think of you every time they walk the parks west-side Alec Road Trail. We have your thinking, and friendship continuously in our minds … LOVE
In 2006, Andrew and myself met with BC Parks, and Andrew volunteered to undertake several trail renovations over the coming years. These are the larger projects which Andrew initiated and accomplished. They were well done, solid, and will be in place for many decades to come:
Before I cry, I need to state that Andrew was a wonderful person on all levels, family, friends and gave to the park he loved. He was my park-friend, a major volunteer, and I relished our weekly encounters in the park.
From Andrew’s family private stories: a few months ago, in conversation a family friend pointed upwards to God, and Andrew added, “God is everywhere around us.”
Andrew Smith Mitchell: so-long my friend, so-long! Sending my LOVE. I am looking forward to our future friendship!
Andrew’s Service (13 Nov 20). . . was amazing and so perfect. One of the takeaways for myself was that Andrew was truly a caregiver in all ways: family, through his professional career standing up for the environment, he advocated for the disabled, and cared for parks. From L/JDP, Dan Backan and myself were Pall Bearers, along with his brother William Mitchell, and friends Victor Dove, John Stephans and Joseph Sheppard.
I was flabbergasted to hear the Scottish bag pipe, and to learn he won a heavy lifting medal at the Scottish Universities’ Championship. —- We love and will miss you Andrew!
LOVE from US
Update: 16 Nov 20 – It is very hard to say so-long to a friend. After listening to much music… my heart leads me to this. I’m hoping you can play high-volume and tend to your kitchen or office and think of Andrew.
A major park volunteer and friend – thank-you Andrew!
MITCHELL, Andrew Smith July 28, 1947 – November 6, 2020 Andrew is survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Janet and three daughters, Jennifer (Kaarlo) Hinkkala, Laura, and Heather Mitchell. He is also survived by his brother William (Courtney) Mitchell and sister Mary (Bill) Cant. Andrew was beloved by his family and community. He was dedicated to helping his daughter Laura. Andrew was born in the manse at Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His father, Andrew, was a Presbyterian minister and his mother, Jane (nee Sutherland) was a nurse. He climbed many mountains with his father and older brother including Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. At the University of Aberdeen, Andrew was awarded a heavyweight lifting metal at the Scottish Universities’ Championships. He completed his degree in forestry and immigrated to Canada soon after, finally settling on Vancouver Island. He worked for private forestry companies, then at UBC, and then for thirty years with the BC government as a forestry engineer. He, with Laura, was a long-time regular hiker at John Dean Park and was beloved by all the other regulars. He took pride in doing restoration work on the park’s trails and sharing his informative views on sustainable forest practices and restoration. Andrew also built the timber-frame kiosk at Dominion Brook Park. He was an avid gardener, carpenter, and homebuilder. Andrew built three homes. His first was a prefab up island. He then designed and built two homes in North Saanich. His wife, Janet, worked with him to build the second home. The third house was a timber frame that Andrew built over several years. Andrew was dedicated to his family and stood up for social justice and ecological conservation. He enjoyed reading and Scottish country dancing. Andrew lived simply in the example of Jesus throughout his life. He was intelligent, caring, and had outstanding character. He will be dearly missed. May his trails be a lasting legacy to all. A private outdoor green burial service in Royal Oak was held on November 13.To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Dec. 6, 2020 to Jan. 5, 2021.
ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ (Clay will nook)
ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ is the traditional name for Mount Newton
ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ means Place of Refuge/Escape/Healing
ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ is best pronounced as Clay will nook
1921-1936 DEAN PARK
1936-1957 JOHN DEAN PARK
1957-2019 JOHN DEAN PROVINCIAL PARK
2019-current ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱／JOHN DEAN PROVINCIAL PARK
L/JDP 100 – We’re now experiencing the 100th anniversary of ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Provincial Park. The scope of this anniversary ranges between 2018 and 2021.
100 Years ago today, John Dean created a sign for those visiting the summit… Mt. Rainier >>> 150 miles away, 14,408 Ft. High
A century later, the trail signs throughout the park shine… This month, all 70 trail signs are being sanded and painted with a new BC Parks brown stain.
FROM JOHN DEAN’S CABIN DIARY
25 Aug 1920 – 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)
26 Aug 1920– Bed fall going out – Painting cellar door + setting post + signboard on summit. Left for town at 7pm, rain coming. (7am 52, 2pm 62)
Subject: RETIREMENT OF PO2 JARRETT TEAGUE, SUPP TECH
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SUBJ: RETIREMENT OF PO2 JARRETT TEAGUE, SUPP TECH
ON 12 SEP 20, AFTER 28 YEARS OF LOYAL AND DEDICATED SERVICE, PO2
JARRETT TEAGUE WILL RETIRE FROM THE CAF. IN 1992, AGE 17, JARRETT
FIRST ENROLLED INTO THE PRIMARY ARMY RESERVE IN VICTORIA, BC. IN
2000, GROWING TIRED OF CAMPING, JARRETT TRANSFERRED FROM 5 FD REGT TO
THE REGULAR FORCE AS A SUPPLY TECHNICIAN, AND WAS POSTED TO 1 SVC BN
IN EDMONTON, AB. AFTER 9/11, HE WAS ATTACHED TO 3 PPCLI AND DEPLOYED
TO KANDAHAR AFGHANISTAN. IN 2004, HE AGAIN DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN,
THIS TIME TO KABUL IN SUPPORT OF INTERNATIONAL SECURITY. IN 2006, LS
TEAGUE WAS POSTED TO ESQUIMALT AND ENJOYED POSTINGS TO BLOG AND HMCS
PROTECTEUR. IN 2008, WHILE ON SHORE LEAVE IN DUBAI, HE MET HIS FUTURE
WIFE TOURIA. SOON AFTER THEY MARRIED AND NOW HAVE THREE ENTHUSIASTIC
CHILDREN, AMIR, SAMI AND SARA. HE HAS ALSO SERVED WITH BADM, AND HMC
SHIPS, VANCOUVER, REGINA AND WINNIPEG AND RELISHED THOSE POSTINGS AND
THE PORT VISITS. HIS LAST POSTING WAS TO NAVAL FLEET SCHOOL
(PACIFIC). JARRETT HAS MANY ONGOING ASPIRATIONS, FAMILY, SCOUTING,
NURSING, LOCAL HISTORY, AND VOLUNTEERING IN PARKS. AT AGE 45, NEXT UP
FOR HIM, QUOTE SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT, AND STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING