EDITORIAL: Working together

The agreement will bring together traditional aboriginal practices and ecosystem and fire science.

A partnership agreement between the Penticton Indian Band, the provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the Okanagan Region of the B.C. Wildlife Federation will enhance the Garnett Valley area north of Summerland.

This area, just outside Summerland’s municipal boundaries, is part of our watershed area and is important for our community.

The agreement will bring together traditional aboriginal practices and ecosystem and fire science.

The band has had a long presence in this region and Aboriginal people have managed and maintained forested areas for many years.

It makes sense to use their expertise in maintaining forests and wildlife habitat areas today.

Considering the scope of wildfires in the B.C. Interior in recent years, it would be wise to work together to reduce the fire risks.

In addition, the restoration and forest maintenance work will benefit wildlife species which live in this area or use it as their winter range.

While the natural benefits are worthwhile, the relational benefits from this agreement are equally important.

The partnership represents an opportunity to build stronger relationships between the Penticton Indian Band and local and provincial organizations.

The band is Summerland’s neighbour and part of the core of our community was once the Penticton Indian Band’s land.

Working together provides opportunities for Summerland and the province to get to know our neighbours.

Strength and progress come from partnerships and strong relationships.

This partnership is a good place for us to begin.

 

Just Posted

Budding tennis stars learn the ropes

Students at local elementary schools get some lessons in tennis

Lawsuit claims medication mishandling at Penticton’s hospital

The claimant says her doctor ramped up her bipolar medication before cutting her off

Indigenous grad rates make big strides in SD67

Educators are praising major efforts toward inclusivity for the recent improvements

Mamas for Mamas founder survives with new lease on life

Kelowna’s Shannon Christensen escaped a dangerous situation and lived to tell about it

Valley First Endowment grant helps OSNS in 2017

The grant for the OSNS teaching kitchen just one of the ways First West helps communities.

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Philadelphia Eagles headed to Super Bowl

After routing the Minnesota Vikings 38-7, they will face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

Heavy snowfall closes Mount Washington on Vancouver Island

Road to ski resort deemed unsafe, vehicles buried under more than three feet of snow

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued B.C. snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Lawsuit claims medication mishandling at Penticton’s hospital

The claimant says her doctor ramped up her bipolar medication before cutting her off

Coquihalla drivers prepare for snow

Wintry conditions persist, with snow warnings for Coquihalla

Tychonik continues scoring run

Vees chalk up another win with Pink in the Rink

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Most Read