Over the past year the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council (WLC) Referrals Committee have learned of the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI)’s proposal to widen about 1.7 kms of highway, install a median barrier, improve access to Finlayson arm, complete pedestrian upgrades for safety, formalize and maintain a trail next to the river, connect Goldstream trails to other trails, and install a pedestrian crossing over the highway and river and an additional crossing under the highway.
The Goldstream River supports chum, coho and chinook salmon fisheries. Small streams feeding into the river have been used for ritual bathing by First Nations. Areas adjacent to where roadwork is proposed are used for the ongoing practice of W̱SÁNEĆ ceremonies such as the First Salmon Ceremony, and the exercise of rights including fishing and food gathering.
More information and the full article that the excerpts here are from is available at the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council website.