There has been a real transition to self-governing among the First Nations people’s in the Nicola Valley. Some real markers for the recapture of a near dead culture are here. NVIT is a first nations run public college, it has agreements with major universities for university transfer. They use the facility for traditional feasts and have a FN language dean.
Located behind the senior highschool is a mock-up pit house with architecture that models the original design and demonstrates the importance of circular dynamics of meetings. The Provincial park at Nicola lake also has ancient pit house remains as a topical interest.
The healing of local natives is in some ways apparent including a marked departure from excessive drinking and there is fewer tragic accidents in the last half decade.
The aboriginal mine training association posts employment goals in the near 1000 range and is well on its way to achieving.
There are catagory two, grade schools that are government certified including one at Douglas Lake, featuring kindergarten to grade twelve. email@example.com
Kudos to visionaries like the late Grand Chief Gordon Antoine for his clear vision and patient resolve to create conditions for success.
Today in history: March 7th 1994
The United States Supreme court rules that parodies of an original work is acceptable under the fair use provision.
The local city council is wanting to re brand Merritt.the city has had the protected brand of “The Country Music Capital of Canada for a several years, this includes the walk of stars and the Canadian Country music hall of fame on Quilchena Avenue. The city hosted the Merritt Mountain Music Festival for more than a decade. and now the local council is putting forward a rebranding program “farm fresh”. The City has a good farmers market in the summer months on Voght street and the branding directed to re-enforce that would seem to have been a fait to complete. However when the press reported it this week the backlash was considerable. So a public meeting for the 12th has been called.
Farm Fresh is depicted by a couple under a blanket standing with their heads covered in a field.
The meeting is from 6-8 Pm at the Merritt Civic Center, it is under the auspices of Tota an anachronism for the new tourism plan.
Today in history: March 6th 1899
The Bayer company registers the trademark “Aspirin”
The local rod and gun club is hosting a banquet on March 8th, for 10 dollars the public can bring a potluck item and enjoy the fellow ship of hunting enthusiasts.
Tickets are available at Ponderosa sports or at the door. Cocktails at 5:30 Merritt Seniors Center (museum)
Trophys are to be awarded
Today in history: March 5th 1872
George Westinghouse patents the air brake.
The local arts council is presenting the Juno award winning group Le Vent du Nord in their concert series March 14th athe Merritt Civic center, Come to the Cabaret.
General admission is 22 dollars, seniors students 17 dollars.
Show time is 7:30 tables can be reserved for groups of 8.
Today in history: March 4th 1917
Jeannette Rankin becomes the first female member of the US congress
The Nicola Naturalists are having their monthly public presentation this month on March 20th with Barbara Pryce. Titled the role of nature conservatories in the protection of ecosystems the event begins at 7 pm in the NVIT lecture theater.
April’s meeting is on the 17th and is by DR. Bruce Archibald from Simon Fraser University; Fossils of the BC Interior.
The Nicola Naturalists are an NPA, with an elected board headed by Dr. Alan Burger uvic, http://www.nicolanaturalists.ca/2013/12/19/nicola-naturalist-evening-presentations-jan-apr-2014/
Free parking at the NVIT campus , 4155 Belshaw Avenue Merritt BC
Today in history: March 3rd 1875
The first organized indoor game of ice hockey is played in Montreal Canada
The Nicola Valley Film Society is having the international film love is all you need on March 10th. Held in the NVIT lecture theater, starting at 7:30 PM.
The film PG and comes from the Tiff or Toronto International Film Circuit.
This is the last film for the societie’s season and admission is 5 dollars with a 2 dollar membership.
Today in history: February 27th 272
Constantine the Great , Roman ruler born.
Snow returns to the Nicola Valley:
On Tuesday the temperature was by some accounts -14 C in the morning but going to + 3C in mid afternoon. At 7PM it had already got to the overnight low of -9C.
While overnight lows will be in the double digits this week daily highs will be at or above freezing. Saturday lows will plummet to close to -20s and highs will half that and stay in the cold and freezing range. ( accu weather)
Daylight saving time is not this weekend but next, March the 9th sees clocks back at 2AM
Today in history: February 26th 747
The new Epoch of time begins the Ptolemy’s Nabonassar ERA
There is a class reunion in Merritt this summer with two days of events and a concluding Pancake breakfast on the third day. The 2014 reunion is organized in part by Larry Gamache and Leslie Armstrong who are contacts for information. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is required and is limited to 500 people.
100 year old hotel , “onetime hide away of train robber” Bill Miner Photo KDG
Venues are July 18th at The Coldwater Hotel, July 19th at The Merritt Civic Center, July 20th at Rotary Park
The pancake breakfast at Rotary park requires no registration but has a 6 dollar attendance fee payable on that day. Pre registration for the other days are required.
Today in history: February 28th 1991
The First Gulf War ends.
Candidate Menard won the local by-election for city council on Saturday. The only of the six candidates to get more than 200 votes.
Neil Menard has an honorable discharge from the Navy and has a background in the IWA union where he was employed in administration for decades. ( source NM all candidates forum)
He is purported to be a BCJHL hockey supporter, Merritt boasts the longest existing franchise in the league 41 years
Today in history: February 24th 2008
Fidel Castro retires as Cuba’s president after 50 years.
Freedom to read week,
The public library will be enjoying freedom to read week February 23rd to March 1st. The library often confirms their position against censorship and control of press, with posted slogans and observations. One of the events is a read-athon on February 25th.
The Thompson Nicola Regional District Library is at 1691 Garcia Street in Merritt BC. The library is open Monday through Saturday from 10:am to 5:00 PM with Tuesday and Wednesday having 3 extra evening hours till 8PM.
Today in history: February 20th 1935
The first women to set foot in Antarctica, Caroline Mikklesen from Denmark.