Nature is beautiful

Duncan – To replace the cross – or not – on Mt. Tzouhalem?

I’ve been thinking of this and talking with folks.

I have sent my feedback/vote in to the Nature Conservancy of Canada bcoffice@natureconservancy. ca My vote is to 1. not replace it – Mother Nature is beautiful enough as it is. Signs and symbols flashing on our mountains just take away from the natural beauty; 2. if there absolutely has to be something, maybe it could be something carved in rock or wood, so it blends in better with nature. So far, the most fitting thing I can think of is the Coast Salish legend of the Thunderbird and the Orca www.joejack.com/thunderbirdandorca.html.is This legend is about this area. I am not in favour of religious symbols gracing public land. I respect that many folks have connections to those who installed it in the ’70s/’80s, but it is not neutral, nor is it representative of the majority of the Cowichan Valley.

The thunderbird/orca may not represent the majority, but it certainly represents the people that were here long before the rest of us showed up.

Gina Talbot

Duncan