This artist's rendering shows the Lhtako Dene Park site as it will soon look, with new sculptures and signs commemorating the spot. (submitted by Lhtako Dene Nation and City of Quesnel)

Ground blessed, sod turned at Lhtako Dene Park in Quesnel

Indigenous nation and muncipality collaborate on project

Work is about to begin on the first stages of redevelopment at Lhtako Dene Park.

“We are breaking ground on the installation of the new territory sign at Lhtako Dene Park,” said Lindsay Blair, the senior community development coordinator for the City of Quesnel.

Before the work could begin, the ground had to be spiritually prepared by Lhtako Dene elders.

“There will be a small smudging ceremony to bless the ground before work begins,” Blair explained.

Sculptures and signs will soon be put in place for public enjoyment and information about the cultural significance of this spot.

Stay tuned to the Quesnel Cariboo Observer for full coverage of the event and its meaning for the park located downtown at the shoreline of the Fraser River near the confluence of the Quesnel River.

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