SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet, Gowlland-Tod Provincial Park) is a sacred place to the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. STOLȻEȽ (John Elliot, Tsartlip elder) tells us the story of how SṈIDȻEȽ was actually the first W̱SÁNEĆ village site and where SLEMEW̱, the first W̱SÁNEĆ man, was placed by XÁLS the Creator.
From 1904-1913 the Portland Cement Company operated a limestone quarry in SṈIDȻEȽ, seriously impacting the lands and waters in this special place. The structures built to house management level staff were used by white settlers as homes as late as the 1950s. In the 1970s local firefighters burned down the remaining structures as a practice exercise for their crews since most of these buildings had become derelict. The remains of these buildings can be seen throughout the forests of SṈIDȻEȽ today.
PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ works in collaboration with the Tsartlip Lands Committee, BC Parks, W̱SÁNEĆ knowledge keepers and local restoration specialists to guide the restoration of this site. Amazing volunteers from the local community, schools and organizations as well as students from ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School, all participate in restoring this special place. Many of the beautiful plants at the PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ nursery find their homes at SṈIDȻEȽ.
The SṈIDȻEȽ Resiliency Project accepts volunteers! Please check out the PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Facebook page for updates on volunteer days and happenings at the inlet. We are also happy to host student groups willing to do some restoration work as part of their education, instructors are welcome to contact PEPAḴIYE Ashley Cooper to plan a program that will fit with your course.
NIȽ TŦE SXIÁM E TŦE TUOS SW̱IḴE EṮ WSÁNEĆ EṮ SȽEMEW̱
Video by Sarah Jim and Tiffany Joseph