Saturday morning of the homecoming weekend included an observance of Selkirk College’s golden anniversary with a short program allowing dignitaries to address the crowd and homage paid to Indigenous ancestors. It also featured a ceremonial recreation of the trek made by charter students and staff in 1966.
The first students of Selkirk College spent the opening semester studying at the Celgar bunkhouse because construction at Selkirk College wasn’t complete. They marked the end of this time with a parade from the mill to the newly opened school at Frank Beinder Way. Forestry students cut down a log to turn into a flagpole on campus baring a flag homemade by students. With pipe band leading and community watching, that log was carried in a symbolic marking of the journey taken.
This trek has been recreated to mark significant occasions throughout the college’s 50-year history and homage was paid to this ritual at the commemorative celebration.