Premier John Horgan visits Kus-kus-sum site
On November 7, Premier John Horgan was in the Comox Valley to attend the ground-breaking of Ocean Front Village, the Comox Valley’s new long term care facility in Courtenay, and to visit 19 Wing Comox.
However, many people may not be aware that he also took the opportunity to visit Kus-kus-sum. His desire to visit the site came about because he wanted to see what had ignited the enthusiasm in the community and hear first-hand the story, and history of this unique project. Local MLA, Ronna-Rae Leonard also attended the site visit as did representatives from the three organizations that are involved in the Kus-kus-sum initiative, namely Project Watershed, the K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) and the City of Courtenay. Tim Ennis, the Kus-kus-sum Senior Project Manager, toured the attendees through the site and explained the plans for restoring the former sawmill site to natural habitat for conservation purposes. At the same time, KFN Councillor Richard Hardy spoke eloquently of the importance of the project as an act of reconciliation, as Kus-kus-sum holds important cultural significance for the nation.
The Province has made a significant financial contribution to Kus-kus-sum – providing $1 million in funding towards the purchase of the property.
Tim Ennis commented on this site visit, “What an amazing opportunity to thank the Province of BC for their continued support of the acquisition, and restoration of the K’ómoks Estuary.”
Project Watershed continues to raise funds to purchase the site from Interfor, the final payment being due in June of 2020. There are several ways that the community can contribute to the purchase and restoration of the property. Our next goal is to raise $35,000.00 by Dec 31st
We are starting Year II restoration works at the Kus-kus-sum site the last week of June! To learn more about this process, please join us for our virtual public community forum on June 16th at 6:30pm.
Drone Footage of Planting ~ RickskopterK'omoks First Nation Welcome by Elder Donna Mitchell and Councillor Katherine Frank ~ Graeme RobetsonPlanting and watering ~ Caila Holbrook I wanted to give a big, heart-felt thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help...
We have some materials available from the first phase of the restoration at Kus-kus-sum.
Currently, most of the remaining concrete is in the form of a 170m-long wall buried just behind the steel-piling wall that separates our site from the Courtenay River. Removing this concrete wall is the next step of our restoration and will be undertaken over the next 2 weeks.
Project Watershed will be a continuing with the work that happened last summer and fall which entails excavating the remaining concrete, separating concrete and rebar, crushing concrete, and removal, repurposing, and recycling material offsite.
Enjoy the short video and a photo gallery showing the progress of our restoration efforts at Kus-kus-sum in 2021.