Our First Nation Partners
Rotary District 5040 RYLA recognizes and celebrates the opportunity to hold our camps on traditional First Nations Land.
● RYLA Lakelse is held on lands of the Kitselas Nation.
● RYLA South is held on lands of the Squamish (skwxwú7mesh) First Nation.
● RYLA North is held on the lands of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation.
In 2005, a First Nations Talking Stick was presented to RYLA (at the time the only camp in District 5040) by then RYLA Chair Sue Smith and Past District Governor Ron Neukomm.
The Talking Stick, used in many Indigenous cultures, is an ancient and powerful “communication tool” that ensures a code of conduct of respect during meetings is followed. The person holding the stick, and only that person, is designated as having the right to speak and all others must listen quietly and respectfully.
Each RYLA Camp has its own unique Talking Stick which is used during their camp.
In 2019, R5040 RYLA was presented with a carved eagle feather by The Honorable Steven Point, Past Lieutenant Governor of BC who was a keynote speaker at RYLA South.
The feather, for example, is a powerful symbol that signifies honor and a connection between the owner, the Creator, and the bird the feathers came from. It symbolizes trust, honour, strength, wisdom, power, and freedom.