What is it?
For the 2020-2021 season we are offering all Indigenous peoples 50% of day passes, rentals, and lessons. To purchase your adventure pass please come to Shames Mountain (discount not available on online purchases) and have status card, letter from Band, or other relevant documentation ready. Indigenous Adventure Pass does not apply to School/group bookings as they are already significantly discounted; please contact email@example.com to book your group.
Shames Mountain/My Mountain Co-op is located on unceded Ts’msyen (Tsimshian) territory. Like most Indigenous communities in British Columbia, this means that Ts’msyen peoples never extinguished or legally signed away the rights to their territories (through treaty or other agreements). We also acknowledge that over the last century Indigenous peoples’ rights have been restricted and although this has changed in the last generation, the legacies are still pervasive in the north.
We are excited for our new Sm’algyax Welcome sign to add to the little changes we are crafting to make the mountain a more inclusive, diverse, and fun place for all families in the north.
Specifically, we would like to acknowledge the Gitando Tribe (one of nine allied tribes that formed a loose confederation based in Metlakatla and Lax Kw’alaams). One of Gitando’s villages is at the confluence of the Shames and Skeena rivers and before settler colonialism, they stewarded these lands from the bottom of the river beds to the tip of the mountain tops. We see the legacy of these practices on Shames Mountain today: culturally modified trees (markers and cambium harvests), and important black huckleberry (mihał) and blueberry (smmaay) harvesting locales.
Our Office in Terrace is located on unceded Kitselas and Kitsumkalum territories. Both communities are distinct Ts’msyen tribes. Kitselas and Kitsumkalum adawx (historical records) recognize, and their associated archaeological villages show, that they have consistently occupied the region for 5000+ years. We celebrate and acknowledge the deep-rooted histories embedded in the land that we all get to play on and enjoy. We extend this acknowledgement to all Indigenous communities — Nisga’a, Gitxsan, Haisla, Talhtan, Tlingit, Wet’suwe’ten, Tse’khene — and everyone who calls the north home.