B.C.’s cowboys and ranching heritage

Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett paid tribute in the House March 13 to cowboys and British Columbia ranching heritage,

Her comments appear below:

“From the grasslands of the Fraser-Nicola, the grasslands of the Boundary-Similkameen country and the rugged landscapes of the Cariboo-Chilcotin, cowboy culture can be found throughout our province.

“The cowboy spirit is about having a can-do attitude, taking pride in your work and determination to always get the job done.

“For over two centuries these values have been passed down through generations, beginning with the first homesteaders who settled the communities that we live in today, to the rancher that wakes up at five in the morning to treat a newborn calf.

“As cities become bigger and we become more dependent on technology, now more than ever we need to tell the stories to preserve the history and impact of British Columbia’s cowboy culture and ranching heritage.

“Therefore, it is an honour to stand in the House today to recognize and speak to the contribution of cowboys and ranchers in British Columbia.

“Thanks to the hard work of volunteer organizations that help cowboy culture and heritage, these stories can continue to be told to the next generation of British Columbians. The hard-working volunteers of the B.C. Cowboy Heritage Society helps generate so much interest in our shared history by organizing community events such as the annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert, the Cowboy Hall of Fame at the Museum of the Cariboo and Williams Lake and the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, which starts today.

“This year’s festival in Kamloops will feature some of the best country and western music you will ever hear and cowboy poetry performances, including two very talented poets from the Cariboo-Chilcotin, Frank Gleeson and Corky Williams. Cowboy artists and artisans will be there.

“Join me in celebrating British Columbia’s cowboy heritage this weekend.”

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