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CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Tse’k’wa Heritage Society is actively making infrastructure improvements, with inclusion and access being top of mind.

With Heritage Week coming to a close in B.C., the society is sharing its future vision that aligns with the annual showcases 2022 theme, Altogether Inclusive.

“Heritage can and must foster best practices in diversity and accessibility,” said Heritage BC in a statement.

“By reducing the many different types of barriers that keep people from enjoying heritage and feeling safe, then lives will be enriched. When heritage responds to diversity and accessibility challenges, it becomes inclusive.”

The Tse’K’Wa Heritage and Cultural Centre is undergoing improvements, which the society believes reflects its importance on access and inclusion.

The main floor bathroom is currently receiving upgrades to be universally accessible, and two pit toilets are being constructed on the property this summer.

The overall ongoing development of the Tse’k’wa property includes an outdoor Amphitheatre, developed trails with interpretive panels, and artifact repository space.

“These are critical first steps for promoting inclusion on our site,” said executive director Alyssa Currie. “We want this to be a site where everyone can come together and celebrate.”

The society is also working with Spinal Cord Injury BC to complete an accessibility audit on the property to ensure development embraces all walks of life.

“For Tse’k’wa Heritage Society, inclusion means reducing cultural barriers to access heritage. The society is currently completing work to seek official repository status from the BC Archaeology Branch and begin repatriation of artifacts and cultural objects from other institutions,” said the society in a release.

Doig River, Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations purchased the property in 2012 and formed the society to preserve the formerly known Charlie Lake Cave.

Anyone wanting to visit the site, schedule a visit by calling 250-224-7906 or emailing tsekwaheritage@gmail.com.

 

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