ELDER TREE UNVEILED: From left, Wild Pacific Trail president Barbara Schramm, Ucluelet First Nation Debbie Touchie and Nick Touchie, Ucluelet mayor Mayco Noel, and Island Coastal Economic Trust board chair and mayor of Ladysmith Aaron Turner cut a green ribbon to celebrate a section of new Spring Cove Trail that features a memorial bench and cedar tree dedicated to the memory of the Barb Touchie family, and their commitment to enhancing understanding of traditional wisdom. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ elder Barb Touchie remembered

Family, friends and community partners gather on Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail for ceremony

The descendants of Ucluelet First Nation Barb Touchie gathered on Sept. 18 to honour their late grandmother, mother, sister, auntie, and friend.

A ceremony took place along the new Spring Cove section of the Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail where an ancient cedar tree and bench was officially unveiled and dedicated to the memory of the Barb Touchie family.

Marjorie Touchie opened up the ceremony with a greeting in Nuu-chah-nulth language. Her message was followed by speeches from representatives from the District of Ucluelet, the Wild Pacific Trail Society and Island Coastal Economic Trust.

Elder Vi Mundy said she was very touched and honoured by the dedication.

Wild Pacific Trail president Barbara Schramm replied.

“No, the honour is ours. We are deeply grateful for the relationship we have been working on for years. It is priceless,” said Schramm.

To visit the Elder Tree and Barb Touchie’s bench, park at the Otter Lot at He-TIn-Kis Park by Terrace Beach. The sidewalk along Peninsula connects to cross walks at both ends of the Spring Cove Trail.

RELATED: Pacific Rim National Park honours Barbara Touchie



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