You are invited: 2017 Annual General Meeting!

Project Watershed is holding our Annual General Meeting June 3rd!

Date: Saturday, June 03
Time: 1 pm to 3 pm
Location: K’omoks First Nation Administration Office Boardroom, 3330 Comox Rd, Courtenay
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Ancient Fish Trap at Elevate the Arts

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Figure 11a. from The Comox Harbour Fish Trap Complex: A Large-Scale, Technologically Sophisticated Intertidal Fishery from British Columbia by Nancy Greene and David McGee

Come help recreate a bit of history. Project Watershed in collaboration with the K’ómoks First Nation Guardian Program and Holbrook’s Heirloom Woodshoppe is constructing a model of an ancient fish trap based on Figure 11 from The Comox Harbour Fish Trap Complex: A Large-Scale, Technologically Sophisticated Intertidal Fishery from British Columbia written Nancy Greene, David McGee and Roderick Heitzmann. “While we were building this model for the K’ómoks Estuary Seafood Dinner on June 15th, we realized we would need a trial run before the main event and Elevate the Arts seemed like a great opportunity to involve the community” commented Outreach Coordinator Caila Holbrook “Recreating an ancient fish trap is going to be both an artistic and scientific endeavor and it fits the Elevate tagline “culture – collaboration – community – comox valley”. Read more

K’ómoks Estuary Seafood Dinner 2016

Date: June 15th Time: 5:00pm – 9pm Location: Locals Restaurant Cost:  $100* – get $10 off membership to Project Watershed if you purchase with your ticket! *Charitable tax receipts available for 40% of the ticket Please email projectwatershed@gmail.com if you have any special dietary requirements (gluten free etc…) Description: A traditional welcome by the K’ómoks […]

Pieces of an Estuary ~ Opening and Exhibit

Pieces of an Estuary is a dynamic environmental art and public education project in consultation with the David Suzuki Foundation and in partnership with Project Watershed. The project was offered as a combined studio and humanities course at North Island College this Spring, as part of the collaborative BFA program with Emily Carr University of […]

Interactive K’ómoks Estuary Map Online and 2016 Keeping It Living Campaign Underway

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Rachelle from Coastal Invasive Species Committee talking to Ross Munro from Royston House Bed and Breakfast

Project Watershed officially launched the Interactive K’ómoks Estuary Map and 2016 Keeping It Living Campaign at the Conservation Centre Open House February 26th. It was a packed event and a warm welcome to the Coastal Invasive Species Committee, the newest member of the Conservation Centre.

Interactive Map Viewer

Interactive Map Explorer

The Interactive K’ómoks Estuary Map was shown on multiple computer stations for Open House visitors to explore and ask questions. It is now available at projectwatershed.ca/komoks-estuary-map – bookmark it! It is a compilation of all the data that Project Watershed has collected on the Estuary. It includes real time water gauge information, birding information, site/project specific videos and slideshows, an inventory of restoration projects and more. Information will be added and updated yearly. Read more

K’ómoks Guardians Present Talking Stick to Project Watershed

The K’ómoks First Nations Guardians attended Project Watershed’s Estuary Working Group (EWG) on the first Friday in February. At the meeting Randy Frank, a Guardian Watchman Program member and local Carver, presented a First Nations’ “talking stick” that he had created to Board Chair Paul Horgen and Estuary Working Group Chair Don Castleden.

Randy Frank presents his carved “talking stick” to the EWG Committee. Photo by Dan Bowen.

Randy Frank presents his carved “talking stick” to the EWG Committee.
Photo by Dan Bowen.

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Stephen Hume: Archeology student publishes paper on ancient, industrial-scale First Nations fishery

The remains of a large-scale First Nations fishery at low tide.

The remains of a large-scale First Nations fishery at low tide.

England’s monarchs were sacrificing to Woden and persecuting Christian missionaries when First Nations managed a vast, highly-productive, industrial-scale fish harvesting complex in the estuary of the Courtenay River.

At first, the elaborate arrangement of 300 ingenious traps on the sandy flats of the river mouth harvested herring, which still mass to spawn off the east coast of Vancouver Island every March.

But 700 years ago, perhaps in response to climate change, the technology was altered to exploit pink, chum, coho, chinook and possibly sockeye salmon.

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5th Annual Carol Walk on Dec 6

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Weather Update

A storm warning is in effect for tomorrow so Dan Clair has cancelled his carol boat tour. HOWEVER, the carol walk is not cancelled BUT the route is adjusted. The carol walk will begin at 4 PM – at the Courtenay Marina on 20th St
in the public parking lot. If necessary we will meet in the basement garage of the TIDES #111 building which is on the left side. The space is well lit and dry. If you want to be part of the carol walk but not walk at all, go directly to Locals outdoor patio.

We’ll receive our complimentary wassail drink and those who have booked for dinner will eat early if they wish. (probably about 5:30 PM).

 

Carols are a beloved tradition of the holiday season but many don’t actually sing the songs. On Sunday, December 6th, initiate your holiday season by singing to birds, seals, other residents and each other while enjoying the unique winter ambiance of the K’omoks Estuary.

Carol WalkThe fifth annual Comox Valley Estuary Carol walk begins at dusk (4:00 pm), Advent Sunday, at Mansfield Drive parking lot Read more

Project Watershed’s Community Forum on Field’s Re-Envisioning Attracts 150

(Scroll down to find the petition at the bottom of this page – Petition open til Nov 3rd)

Audience at the November 3 Community Forum in the Stan Hagen Theater of North Island college (Photo credit: Pieter Vorster).

Audience at the November 3 Community Forum in the Stan Hagen Theater of North Island college (Photo credit: Pieter Vorster).

On November 3, 150 Comox Valley residents including four City of Courtenay Councillors, two regional Directors, Chair of the CVRD Board and one Town of Comox Councillor participated in a Community forum where Project Watershed presented its ideas for restoration of the decommissioned Field Sawmill site. The doors opened at 6:30pm and participants viewed a number of displays and slide shows featuring community volunteers involved in restoration activities. After a welcoming by Cory Frank on behalf of the Chief and Council of the K’ómoks First Nation, Cory mentioned the new KFN Guardian program. North Island College and President John Bowman was acknowledged and thanked by the chair of Project Watershed Board, Paul Horgen

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