Located along the Fraser River, the community of the P’egp’ig’lha People have already brought great wisdom to Bee City. As a requirement of adopting the resolutions they have determined that youth members must be part of their Bee City team and, in fact, they are leading the charge.
We brought our little pollinator Paqum to life as a little puppet with its own regalia. Pollinator Paqum also has a friend Nicole which means butterfly in our language, she as a puppet shows the entire life cycle of the butterfly, so far we have a script but have not completed the video. With the challenge of supporting our community through the Covid-19 pandemic much of our time has been toward efforts to educate toward that instead of our usual bee city efforts. We do see a light at the end of the tunnel and are going to sponsor a major proposal at the pre-school and daycare within our community. Personally I sent a letter to become a member of the new board under transition for pollinator partnership Canada.
The local newsletter on reserve is where we share Bee City news and it is regular practice we grow up with to protect our land and water. We have never and would never harm our eco-system. We strive to
plant plants that harmonize with each other to protect from insects and such.
We are going to take part in a huge project at our local day care and preschool by planting traditional plants and teaching our future generations along the way. Every year wil be a learning opportunity for the preschool aged children.
We planted more Bee Friendly plants native to our area and are planting along trails and and in the wilderness to try to bring back some of the wild plants for the pollinators, wild animals and Humans to enjoy. We presented at seedy Sunday event before the threat of Covid 19. We bring educational materials on the importance of pollinators , tips for gardening and activities for youth. We added face painting to our booth this year as well, and that attracted more people. We gave people starter plants and loads of information. We displayed the very realistic models of the bee life cycle and showed pictures of bee habitats in hopes that people could recognize a bee home and be careful not to disturb it.
We are in the process of getting a water system to our bee city garden area.
We have a sign posted at the entrance of our community and present and different locations throughout the year.
T’it’q’et First Nations adopt and pass the Bee City Canada Resolution through Band Council.
Establishment of pollinator friendly habitat across the community, which engage local community members and provide educational opportunities through interpretive sign age, community planting events, and/or tours. Examples include: Ucwalmicw Community Garden and/or the P’egp’ig’lha Community Center.
• Offering ongoing Children/Youth’s Eco Programs in the Ucwalmicw Community Garden which educate and engage children/youth through environmental, nature, nutrition and garden programming, which includes pollinators.
• Community Education and promotion of native plantings on private land through the outreach efforts of T’it’ q’ et Administration
• Recognize the contribution of community members who demonstrate environmentally responsible gardening practices through our T’it’q’et Administration Eco-Friendly awards program.
• Ensure the banning of the use of pesticides and be pesticide free by spring of 2017 within the T’it’q’et Community.
Being on Traditional Indigenous land, we have never used pesticides and try to educate public on how harmful pesticides can be.