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Do you realize how the building will affect our use of the trails in our backyard? There are three parcels of land. Ravenscrest, Brio/Sabre and the lands given to the Mt Currie Band. I was disappointed to see that they want to start developing first on the Ravenscrest lands. This would be before commencing with the Brio/Sabre lands which have already been excavated.
Secondly, I believe that the Band must start development within the next five years on their lands if they wish to not have to pay taxes on that land. Therefore is the time frame really 30 years or will we see it get developed a lot quicker?
The developer mentioned that developments of the Ravenscrest lands first may help bring the GEMS school development closer to fruition. I am not sure how this would help as the school plan is for an international private school. Therefore, I assume that the students would be boarding at the school; and that many of the people living in the high density first phase of development would probably not send their children to the school. I think the school and other forms of diversity for the Pemberton economy are good ideas; do not get me wrong.
Lastly I was pleased to see how open this stage of the planning is and I really hope that everyone looks at the plans and submits their ideas really soon on how this can move forward in a really positive manner for the valley.
Even though lots of us are busy with the Olympics make time as the next public consultation could be as early as April.
Pemberton businesses make a difference
On Dec. 11, 2009 the Palkumten council from Pemberton Secondary School held its annual "Aboriginal Youth Success Forum" at the Pemberton Community Centre. All Aboriginal youth from PSS were invited to participate.
The main objective of the forum was to get ideas from the students on what Aboriginal activities or programs they would like to see happen at PSS that would assist them in their academic goals, sharing their culture and bringing all students together. PSS has students from five First Nation communities; Lil'wat, N'Quatqua, Samahquam, Skatin and Xa'xtsa.
The youth began their forum with lunch, then they had an ice breaker and then began discussions regarding the many different topics they were interested in. These topics included; after school homework club, sports clubs, culture clubs, field trips, student exchange trips, language and culture in the school. Throughout the afternoon there were several door prizes, donated generously by the local Pemberton businesses.