In October 2013 volunteers found amazing pieces of SNIDCEL’s industrial past last volunteer day: a dime from 1919 and a broken piece of a ceramic marmalade jar dated 1862! These pieces serve to remind us of the layered cultural history of this place.
We have had some great questions about preserving this layered past as we proceed with our restoration plans. While our first priority is to preserve native ecosystems and foster ecological stewardship with respect to WSANEC (Saanich) culture and ethnobotany, we also feel it is important to recognize that many peoples once dwelled in this place. For example, on our newest restoration site, the concrete foundations of previous residences constructed during the operation of the Portland Cement Company (1904-1913) will remain.
We are planting native plants in and around these foundations in order to restore ecological integrity and promote native foods and plants important in WSANEC culture. The restoration of this site intends to preserve the unique past of SNIDCEL for all to recognize and remember.
Another fascinating insight into SNIDCEL’s diverse cultural past is offered in David Gray’s film Beyond the Gardens’ Wall.
If you have more information or questions about SNIDCEL’s history or the restoration work, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.