Project Watershed reflects on Truth and Reconciliation
Reflecting and learning at Kus-kus-sum ~ C. Holbrook
Hanging orange ribbon on the fence ~ C. Holbrook
We at Project Watershed took the first National Truth & Reconciliation Day, to reflect on our role, as a stewardship organization within the landscape of the Comox Valley, the traditional and unceded territory of our partners, the K’ómoks First Nation. We used this day for a chance to contemplate how we can be better partners and allies to all Indigenous communities and Peoples in Canada.
As we work to understand our role, we would like to encourage others, to learn and unlearn, to recognize the truth of Indigenous Communities throughout this country, and to contribute in whatever capacity you can towards reconciliatory action. We understand this looks different for everyone. We are all unique, like the stories of how we came to live in this place.
There are numerous resources, created by Indigenous folks, with the intent to educate and inform nations, communities, and individuals about crucial issues for Indigenous communities. We’ve attached a handful here, recognizing that there are endless Indigenous-created resources that can inform our growth.
Reconciliation, rather than being an endpoint, is the constant state of action and application, of recognizing past and current injustices, honouring lost children and survivors and working towards a just and equitable future. As we all know, this is not simple work, it is not easy work, but it is necessary work. We can raise up our Indigenous communities, celebrate and learn from their leadership, and support a world that lays the foundation for thriving Indigenous communities for generations to come.
We stay committed to learning and unlearning, recognizing the importance of Indigenous Nations and communities in the preservation and stewardship of our landscapes, and we continue to dedicate ourselves towards reconciliation with our work and projects. G̱ilakas’la (thank you) to all those who continue to support this work and who continue to work to understanding our role within a Truth & Reconciliation framework.
The Final Report of the National Inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Happy Technician Tuesday! Our team has been busy testing methods for future monitoring protocols at Kus-kus-sum. The goal is to create a system of data collection to measure ecosystem health.
Happy Technician Tuesday! While working around Glen Urquhart stream, our Technician team has experienced numerous encounters with fauna using the site. The presence of wildlife at Glen Urquhart further justifies the need to preserve and restore the area.
Project Watershed and our guests had a wonderful evening at 40 KNOTS on September 11th, 2021. The Keeping It Living Dinner was spectacular.
We are excited to announce that as of the end of September, we finished the removal, crushing and re-purposing of the surface concrete at Kus-kus-sum. All crushed concrete was successfully repurposed offsite to projects throughout the Comox Valley to be used as fill and road base. As we removed the surface material, we uncovered a few areas with additional sub-surface concrete.
Happy Technician Tuesday! In June, our technician team planted a large number of Lyngbye’s Sedge and some Tufted Hair Grass to restore areas of Hollyhock Flats.
Happy Technician Tuesday! Earlier this year, our technician team surveyed Glen Urquhart stream to assess its profile for future stream restoration projects. While Glen Urquhart has been highly modified and impacted, salmon and other fish species do utilize it. Improved habitat in this area will directly benefit those species.