On March 25, the Chief Secretary of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, Akiku Haisum, attended the Blessing Ceremony for the Launch of the Construction of Tucheng District Indigenous Peoples Eco-Park: Depicting the Original Habitat of Indigenous Communities in Tucheng District. They congratulated the indigenous peoples living in the surrounding areas of Tucheng for having a high-quality cultural venue to pass on generation to generation, allowing indigenous culture to continue to thrive in urban areas.
Chief Secretary Akiku stated that the Tucheng District Indigenous Peoples Eco-Park in New Taipei City is a venue for urban indigenous people to hold annual ritual activities. In recent years, the area has become a spiritual fortress for local Amis people to practice their ethnic traditions. However, the park was built more than 18 years ago and the facilities were outdated and inconvenient. To continue developing indigenous culture in the city, the Council of Indigenous Peoples provided a total of NT$7.81 million under the Forward Looking Infrastructure Development Program fund for the Tucheng District Office to plan and design the park's facilities and improve its infrastructure, including the addition of sheltered areas, simple ecological toilets, observation decks, and improved wooden walkways to enhance the safety and convenience of users of the park.
Chief Secretary Akiku also pointed out that in addition to improving the existing facilities of the park, this park improvement project also includes adding historical context information on signs. As the park was built on the former site of the Haishan Coal Mine, for which many indigenous people left their hometowns to work in, the purpose of such signs is to convey the history of indigenous people and their connection to the natural landscape of the region. Through this project, the park will be transformed into a diverse and interactive space that highlights the cultural memory of indigenous cultures and adds value to local ecotourism.
The Tucheng District Indigenous Peoples Eco-Park reflects the context of indigenous peoples' migration to urban areas and allows indigenous people and their descendants to understand the history of the park. Moreover, it provides an opportunity for the general public to gain a deeper understanding of indigenous culture. Everyone is welcome to visit and use the park to enjoy the improvements and promote the continuous rooting and development of indigenous culture in urban areas.