Every year, the Power To Be program team completes Spring Training, an opportunity to build skills and team connections in preparation for the summer program season. This year we hiked and camped, honing our skills for the overnight trips we would share with participants.
The adventure started in Bamfield, where we met up with the Vancouver based-program team. We were welcomed onto the land by Wish Key, a member of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations. He graciously gave us a tour of their government offices and recently constructed Big House, both of which follow the Huu-ay-aht motto “ancient spirit, modern mind.” The Huu-ay-aht are one of few Nations who have signed a modern treaty with the Canadian Government for governance over their people and their land. We learned a lot about how to move towards reconciliation, and we all left feeling inspired to carry that responsibility forward.
From there we set up our Base Camp at Pachena Bay Campground (in the pouring rain), the launching point for our hike the next day. The rain subsided by the time we began our hike through the Cape Beale Headlands, sharing the trail before parting ways at the trail junction with one group hiking to Tapaltos Beach, and the other group (my own) hiking to Keeha Beach.