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S’amunu Trail formally named at special event
October 6, 2022
(North Cowichan, BC) – Members of Cowichan Tribes and Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society helped unveil new trail signage on the Somenos dike on October 5.
S’amunu Trail recognizes the long presence of Cowichan Mustimuhw (people) in this area. S’amunu Village once lined the shores of Somenos Lake, and was 7,000 people strong prior to colonial contact in the 1800s.
The trail name was suggested by Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, who had consulted with members of Cowichan Tribes. Cowichan Elders shared their traditional knowledge and language, which is outlined on the signs. North Cowichan council agreed to the new name for the previously unnamed trail in early 2021.
“S’amunu Trail and the signage is a one small action to help preserve and share the traditional Cowichan names and history of this area,” said Mayor Al Siebring. “I hope the many people who use this trail to learn about S’amunu Village and about the long presence of the Quw’utsun Mustimuhw here.”
“The Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society is thrilled this trail that borders the S’amunu/Somenos Conservation Area now recognizes the Quw’utsun presence here for many thousands of years,” said Paul Fletcher, President, Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society.
S’amunu Trail is part of a longer dike trail system in the Somenos marsh area. The trail is popular with walkers, joggers, cyclists, and dog walkers.
Jared Williams, Qwustenuxun, Genevieve Singleton (Polster Environmental), Paul Fletcher (Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society)
Qwustenuxun unveils one of the trail marker signs
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan