2013 Stz’uminus War Canoe Races canceled

This year's race series has been canceled, but the event will return for summer 2014, race organizers say.

Citing a respect for traditional teachings, organizers of Stz’uminus First Nation’s second annual War Canoe Races have decided to cancel this year’s race series.

Originally scheduled to take place at Kulleet Bay July 20-21, organizers postponed the races until Aug. 17-18 following the death of a community member mid July.

Further discussions with community elders led to a deferral of the event until summer 2014, organizer Margaret Seymour said.

“We extend our apologies [for the cancellation] to each and all who were willing to support [the racers] or to come out and get to know our culture,” Seymour said.

Planning has begun on next year’s race series, Seymour said, and she encourages anyone interested in taking part in the planning process to contact either herself or her husband Adam at 250-245-2960.