TC Trail section named for Chief Isadore
Ktunaxa Nation Chair Kathryn Teneese, Trans Canada Trail National Champion Valerie Pringle, Trans Canada Trail and Trails BC board members, trail volunteers and a number of local government representatives participated in a sunrise ceremony at Rampart Prairie, while unveiling of the trail’s new designation: The Chief Isadore Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT).
Drumming, prayer, song and speeches, including by Sophie Pierre (OC OBC), preceded the trail name unveiling.
“It’s pretty incredible when you think about it. We’re going to have this trail that – eventually when it’s all connected, all joined, because there are pieces all over the place that are already finished, it will be 24,000 kilometres of trail, from coast-to-coast-to-coast. And our own little piece here from Cranbrook to Wardner was opened this morning with the name of Chief Isadore Trail. And I am really, really happy about that,” said Sophie Pierre immediately after the ceremony during a Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce luncheon this afternoon at the Heritage Inn.
It is important to recognize history, she said, because it makes people think about and learn more the history of this region.
Col. Sam Steele and his soldiers arrived at Fort Steele under orders to quell a “possible uprising” by the Ktunaxa Nation, Pierre said.
“It was really with the cooperation of Chief Isadore that we were able to avoid a major conflict in what we now call home. So having the kind of recognition of history, of the full history, of our land, of where we live – our region – leads to understanding of what the history of Canada is,” she said.
The Trans Canada Trail began as a bold dream in 1992 with the idea of creating a trail that would be a gift from Canadians to Canadians.
Since then, TCT – a not-for-profit organization – has been working with donors, partners, governments and volunteers to create The Great Trail; an epic trail of trails offering a wide range of outdoor experiences on both land and water routes. Every Canadian province and territory is home to its own stretch of The Great Trail, which is owned and operated at the local level.
Photos courtesy David B Savage
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