The Joyce Lake Recreation Site will be used by Secwepemc and Syilx First Nations in the region for private traditional cultural events this fall.
The campground, located at 1450 Chase-Falkland Road, is operated through a partnership with Recreation Sites and Trails BC and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD).
As COVID-19 has affected the ability for First Nations to host traditional gatherings, the CSRD has worked with the Province to accommodate these First Nations for smaller-scale events. These will be family gatherings with a focus on land healing and traditional knowledge sharing.
The Shuswap Nation Tribal Council will be hosting a traditional and cultural camp for Secwepemc nation members at the recreation site from Monday, September 14, 2020 to Friday, October 2, 2020.
The Okanagan Indian Band will also be using the Joyce Lake Recreation Site from Saturday, October 17 to 22.
The campground will be closed to general public use during these times.
Photo: An image of the Joyce Lake Recreation Site. (CSRD photo)