Splatsin (Enderby, BC), Secwepemc Nation – this month Splatsin celebrated the accomplishments of seven Band members who successfully completed the FireSmart Community Champion Resilience Training. Graduating from the program were Sonya Charlie, Agnes Celesta, Irwin David, Eric Nicholas, Dakota William, Kurt Ram and Desmond Muskrat.
“We are very proud of the Splatsin Band Members who have successfully graduated from the FireSmart Community Champion Resilience Training,” commented Shawn Tronson, Band Councillor. “To see seven of our members receiving their certificates is an honourable moment for our community.”
“This accomplishment marks the first step in Splatsin becoming a FireSmart Community,” commented Councillor Tronson. “Further training will be offered to our members as part of the FireSmart Community branding process.”
Splatsin, FNESS and Rider Ventures worked together to deliver the ten-day FireSmart Training, offering the students essential training like: first aid, assessment, hazard identification, fire suppression, documentation, mapping and self esteem training. The field work conducted by the students included: assessing homes and historical sites properly, as well as identifying tree species such as the important medicine tree in the Splatsin area - the Western Yew tree. The students learned the importance of prepping hazardous heavy fuel loaded areas by spacing, ladder fuels, and learning the natural factors of deer and elk habitats in the area. The graduates are now ready to work on the FireSmart projects, or flooding operations.
Splatsin strives to engage our members in the pursuit of good governance, to ensure we respond to needs that are expressed at the individual, family, community and Nation levels. The Splatsin are the most southern tribe of the Shuswap Nation, the largest Interior Salish speaking First Nation in Canada whose aboriginal territory stretches from the BC/Alberta border near the Yellowhead Pass to the plateau west of the Fraser River, southeast to the Arrow Lakes and to the upper reaches of the Columbia River.