In the summer of 2003 the Williams Lake Indian Band’s Natural Resources department initiated an on the job training project through CCATEC funding.
The first focus of the project was with David Ralph, who taught the crew about two different kinds of herbicides, which were Tordon-22K and Grazon. The crew learned how to apply herbicides on plants such as knapweed and learned about the effect it has on soils, gardens, trees, water wells, and creeks.
The second focus was with the elders of the Sugar Cane reserve on traditional agriculture methods. Some of the Questions that were asked were “what traditional methods were used to enhance hay growth? How did you water the fields? What were the methods used to get rid of the weeds? How were gardening, harvesting, haying, hunting, and fishing traditionally done? How were the baskets made for gathering plants and berry picking? And what was the youth’s involvement?”
Starting from June 23, 2003 the crew dug and pulled burs and knapweed all around the areas that we could not spray, as was in the gardens and with people who had respiratory problems. The crew sprayed Tordon-22K herbicide in driveways, roads, and high traffic areas.
In August the crew started with spraying, digging, and pulling weeds and participated in a one day workshop on handling and operating the Garmin GPS 11 Plus.
The crewmembers also helped with the Shuswap Gathering Pow-Wow by fixing up the Sugar Cane ball field and painting the church. The crew then worked with Ray Moiese in the hayfields by helping him move his hay-bails to one of his corrals.
Finally, last but not least we built benches and stools for the community garden.
The Williams Lake Indian Band would like to thank the AG crew for all of their hard work on this project.