The Shuswap Regional Trails Roundtable Annual Gathering hosted in Chase included 37 organizations represented by more than 70 leaders from throughout the Shuswap watershed (as well as representation from Revelstoke, Armstrong and Vernon), including leadership from the local Secwepemc, municipal and regional governments. Photo contributed

Shuswap trails excel with group guidance

Meeting joins more than 70 people representing 37 organizations

The Shuswap’s reputation for working together despite seeming odds and limited resources continues to grow with the latest gathering of the Shuswap Regional Trails Roundtable last Wednesday hosted in Chase.

Provincial leadership at the event acknowledged the gathering is unique in B.C.

Thirty-seven organizations were represented by more than 70 leaders from throughout the Shuswap watershed (as well as representation from organizations in Revelstoke, Armstrong, and Vernon), including leadership from the local Secwepemc, municipal and regional governments, provincial land management agencies, motorized and non-motorized trail stewardship organizations, environmental groups, tourism, economic development, forest industry, community and regional health agencies, transportation, and invasive species.

Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson opened the gathering by unveiling the Secwepemc flag, reminding everyone of the significance of the meeting’s place within Secwepemc Nation territory, and acknowledging the Shuswap Trails Roundtable was a good start toward reconciliation in its respectful collaboration and recognition of aboriginal title and rights, language and culture.

Related link: Shuswap trail volunteer earns national medal

Presentations included updates on the role the new Secwepemc Indigenous Tourism strategy will have guiding protocol for things like trail signage, naming, interpretation and cumulative effects assessments to better determine our impacts within the environment. Interior Health presented on the role active transportation plays encouraging individual and population health. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association provided updates on the support their Indigenous Tourism, Rail-Trail, and BioSphere Sustainable Charter programs can provide for the regional trail initiative.

John Hawkings with Recreation Sites and Trails BC joined the gathering from Victoria, presenting on the current changes to their program, including increased staff support for regional offices, and speculation on where the future of land management planning might be headed. He affirmed the strong community-based collaborative approach the Shuswap Trails Roundtable is growing. BC Parks staff echoed Hawkings noting they recently benefited from new staff support.

The annual day-long roundtable acts as the pivotal point in the year to report on trail projects throughout the region, seek feedback on Shuswap Trail priorities for the following year, and continue to build relationships.

“Ultimately, the roundtable exists to keep searching for ways to improve how we move and manage ourselves in our communities and the wider natural landscape,” said Shuswap Trail Alliance executive director, Phil McIntyre-Paul.

The Shuswap Trail Strategy is founded in a commitment to consider environmental values, Secwepemc values, multiple recreational interests, and collaboration. Four working group meetings provide the collaborative thread throughout the year tying the annual gatherings together. It is coordinated by the Shuswap Trail Alliance on behalf of the partner organizations, with facilitation for the day provided by the Fraser Basin Council.

For more information on the Shuswap Regional Trails Strategy, visit


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Salmon Arm community cheers on Natalie Wilkie as she wins first gold medal

Local skier tops the podium in 7.5km race at the PyeongChang Paralympics

Choose a brand for Salmon Arm

What do you think of three options offered to attract people to visit, live and invest in city.

UBCO civil engineer touts cohousing option

Gord Lovegrove says cohousing is sustainable social and economic lifestyle

Okanagan – Shuswap weekend weather

Plan your weekend better with a weather update from Black Press media

School district spells out rules for new trustees

North Okanagan-Shuswap School District creating written policies to guide elected officials

VIDEO: B.C. Mounties reunite veteran with lost military medals

RCMP say Zora Singh Tatla, who served in the army in India for 28 years, is the righful owner

Federal government seeks public feedback on pedestrian safety

What safety measures do you think need to improved for pedestrians and cyclists?

4 facts to ring in St. Patrick’s Day

What do you really know about the Irish celebration?

Experts urging caution as rabbits die by the hundreds in B.C. city

Province of B.C. confirms more positive tests for rabbit haemorrhagic disease

Canucks snap scoreless streak but fall short in 5-3 loss to Sharks

Swiss forward Timo Meier nets two, including the game-winner, to lead San Jose

Video: Natalie Wilkie wins gold in Women’s 7.5km ski race as hometown cheers her on

Salmon Arm skier takes home her second medal of the PyeongChang Paralympics

Search continues for 10-year-old Montreal boy missing since Monday

Montreal police said they are exploring every possibility in search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou

Making new furry friends at the Meet the Breeds event in Salmon Arm

Centenoka Park Mall hosts Vernon & District Kennel Club’s showcase of well-trained pups

Airline passenger-rights bill claws back protections for travellers: Advocate

Bill C-49 would double tarmac delays, scrap compensation for flights affected by mechanical failures

Most Read