Elder Richard Mundy speaks at a Parks Canada information session in Hitacu on March 7. (Parks Canada Photo)                                Elder Richard Mundy speaks at a Parks Canada information session in Hitacu on March 7. (Parks Canada Photo)

Elder Richard Mundy speaks at a Parks Canada information session in Hitacu on March 7. (Parks Canada Photo) Elder Richard Mundy speaks at a Parks Canada information session in Hitacu on March 7. (Parks Canada Photo)

Parks Canada seeks contractors for ʔapsčiik t’ašii (pronounced ‘Ups-cheek ta-shee’) trail

“No relationship is more important to the Government of Canada than the one with Canada’s Indigenous peoples.”

Parks Canada recently hosted several information sessions on the Esowista Peninsula and Yuułuʔiłʔath lands to share updates on the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve’s ʔapsčiik t’ašii (pronounced Upscheek Tashee) trail.

Tender notices for the trailbed construction as well as environmental monitoring are posted publicly on the Government Buy and Sell website. Closing date is noted as April 3, 2019.

The trailbed construction tender includes a mandatory Indigenous Benefits Plan portion, which requires the successful contractor to work directly with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and Yuułuʔiłʔath First Nation provide training, employment, and subcontracting opportunities.

The building of the trailbed is expected to begin this spring, once both the construction and environmental monitoring contracts are awarded. The hired contractor will be expected to maintain the trail for two years, according to Parks Canada.

The timeline for completion of the 25-kilometre paved multi-use path has shifted from 2020 to 2022. In Nov., Parks Canada announced an additional $17 million of funding would be invested in the infrastructure project, putting the project cost at about $51 million.

Parks Canada project manager Jackie Hicks said at the March 5 information session in Ty-Histanis that she is confident the $51 million project estimate is accurate.

READ: Cost of trail through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve up to $51 million (Nov. 19, 2018)

The trail is located in the traditional territories of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and Yuułuʔiłʔath First Nation. Parks Canada has been working closely with both Nations through an Elders Working Group. Over the past two years, the Elders Working Group has been involved in: blessing the path site, determining a route that does not disturb culturally sensitive sites, and identifying opportunities for economic benefits for First Nations.

The Working Group also chose the name for the multi-use pathway, naming it ʔapsčiik t’ašii which translates into “going in the right direction on the path”. In many ways, the name speaks to the direction Parks Canada is taking to improve their relationship with local First Nations, notes Parks Canada.

“No relationship is more important to the Government of Canada than the one with Canada’s Indigenous peoples,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, in a news release. “The close collaboration with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and Yuułuʔiłʔath First Nation is part of our government’s ongoing efforts towards reconciliation. This new trail is a wonderful opportunity to reintroduce visitors to the beauty, history, and culture of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.”

READ MORE: ʔapsčiik t’ašii (pronounced ‘Ups-cheek ta-shee’) a step towards reconciliation

READ MORE: Parks Canada asking for feedback on management of Rocky Mountain region parks

First NationsIndigenous reconcilliationParks CanadaTofino,TourismTrailsucluelet

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

As part of Earth Week, Ucluelet Rotary Club member Ryan Wackett will be handing out free Clean Up Packages with grabber picker up tools at his shop Westcoast Connect from April 10 to 23. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Ucluelet Rotary honours Earth Day with week long community clean up

“Let’s spring into action and clean up our beautiful communities!”

Hwy. 4 was shut down in both directions for 10 hours on March 23 as a rock bluff was blasted as part of Kennedy Hill’s ongoing construction. Commuters can expect five more 10 hour closures on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 28. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Five 10-hour closures coming to Hwy. 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino-Ucluelet

Closures needed for rock blasting as part of the Kennedy Hill Safety Improvement project.

B.C. Centre for Disease Control maps showing new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 4-10. (BCCDC image)
Parksville-Qualicum passes Nanaimo in new COVID-19 cases

Greater Victoria had more new cases than any other Island area: B.C. Centre for Disease Control

A screenshot from a Nuu-chah-nulth healing song and performance created in collaboration between Hjalmer Wenstob and Timmy Masso. (Screenshot from YouTube)
WATCH: Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation brothers produce COVID-19 healing song and performance

Hjalmer Wenstob and Timmy Masso share dance and inspiration.

Ucluelet locals Rachael, Caroline and Tom enjoy refreshments on a sunny Monday afternoon at a picnic table dining area set up by the District of Ucluelet to help residents and visitors support local businesses while staying outside. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Ucluelet chamber launches bingo contest to support local restaurants

Four Ucluelet Co-op shopping sprees are up for grabs in #Ukee2go competition.

Rainbow trouts thrashing with life as they’re about to be transferred to the largest lake of their lives, even though it’s pretty small. These rainbows have a blue tinge because they matched the blue of their hatchery pen, but soon they’ll take on the green-browns of their new home at Lookout Lake. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
VIDEO: B.C. lake stocked with hatchery trout to delight of a seniors fishing club

The Cherish Trout Scouts made plans to come back fishing soon

A Western toadlet crosses the centre line of Elk View Road in Chilliwack on Aug. 26, 2010. A tunnel underneath the road has since been installed to help them migrate cross the road. Saturday, April 24 is Save the Frogs Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of April 18 to 24

Save the Frogs Day, Love Your Thighs Day and Scream Day are all coming up this week

A vial of some of the first 500,000 of the two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada secured. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio
Canada’s 2nd blood clot confirmed in Alberta after AstraZeneca vaccine

Thw male patient, who is in his 60s, is said to be recovering

Valen a student of Coldstream Elementary writes advice for adults amid a pandemic.
‘We can get rid of COVID together’: B.C. kids share heartwarming advice

Elementary students share their wisdom to adults in unprecedented times

The funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip in Windsor, England, on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Philip died April 9 at the age of 99. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)
PHOTOS: Prince Philip laid to rest Saturday as sombre queen sits alone

The entire royal procession and funeral took place out of public view within the grounds of Windsor Castle

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan describe vaccine rollout at the legislature, March 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. health minister says delay in Moderna vaccine ‘disappointing’

‘The sooner we get vaccines in people’s arms the better, and inconsistency in delivery is a consistent problem. This is simply a reality and not an issue of blame,’ Adrian Dix said Friday

(Police handout/Kamloops RCMP)
B.C. man dies in custody awaiting trial for Valentine’s Day robbery, kidnapping spree

Robert James Rennie, who was on the Kamloops RCMP’s most wanted list, passed away at the North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Coquitlam

Photos of Vancouver Canucks players are pictured outside the closed box office of Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver Thursday, April 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canucks to return to play Sunday versus Leafs after COVID-19 outbreak

The team has had 11 games postponed since an outbreak late last month

For Leela Harrop, the recent death of her brother Raju Tiwari pushed her to sign up for the vaccine. Photo supplied
Island woman on fence about vaccine prompted by brother’s death

Leela Harrop of Comox says she did have issues with signing up online this past week

Most Read