Signs of Abundance Tour – The information on this page compliments that which appears on the sign that has recently been erected in front of the K’omoks First Nation Band Hall on Queneesh Road off Comox Road. To go to the map of all the signs in this series click here.

Local Archaeology

The present day location of the K’ómoks First Nation Village is the historical location of the Péntl’ech village of Kíxax. Péntl’ech, which means ‘buried belly’,was the name for the people and the area. The rich environment surrounding the village was capable of  sustaining a large number of people. Evidence that natural food sources were abundant and available can be seen from the remnants of village sites, fish traps, shell middens, and processing sites scattered throughout the estuary; some of which are represented in the map of archaeological sites on this page.

For more information about local First Nation history visit:

Ancient Fish Traps

Human impact on shorelines

Both freshwater and marine shorelines provide work, recreation, living spaces and wonderful views. Their diverse habitats are often biologically rich and productive places.

Unfortunately, many human activities often harm these valuable natural features::

* Native trees, shrubs and grasses are cleared to make way for buildings, landscaping and views.
* Bulkheads, docks and piers displace beaches and erode sediments below the water line.
* Removal of shoreline vegetation allows contaminants to flow directly into the water.
* When prime wildlife habitats disappear, so do the birds, mammals, fish and beneficial insects and fish.

What is Green Shores?

Green Shores is an initiative of the Stewardship Centre for BC. It provides options and tools for a wide range of planning, design and construction professionals and landowners who are interested in minimizing the environmental impacts of their projects in a cost effective manner. Green Shores provides science-based tools and best practices to help people:

  1. minimize the impacts of new developments; and
  2. restore shoreline ecosystem function of previously developed sites.

Projects can also receive certification through a credits and rating system.

Why use Green Shores?

New strategies such as Green Shores help protect waterfront properties while also protecting and restoring habitats.

Benefits of Green Shores:

  1. Makes shorelines accessible, eliminating drop-offs and walls.
  2. Beautifies shorelines, adding native vegetation, wildlife habitat and access to waterfront shorelines and activities.
  3. Makes shorelines more secure against erosion and flooding, providing an alternative to costly sea walls.
  4. Provides a wide range benefits similar to the model of the popular LEED for Homes, BuiltGreen, and Sustainable Sites programs.

Green shores also protects against rising sea levels. And it can be used on a variety of shoreline types.

Benefits of Beach Restoration

The video highlights the approach one Orcas Island family took to redeveloping their property that considered sea level rise, beach habitat for people and fish, and protecting their investment into the future.

What can I do to help?

Volunteer

We are often looking for extra hands to help with stewardship projects – from planting to invasive removal to education.  To volunteer fill out our volunteer form we will contact you with dates and times our activities occur.

Donate

Photographers

Ramona de Graaf

Ramona de Graaf

Gerry Fairbrother

Gerry Fairbrother

David Ingram

David Ingram

Rick Ward

Rick Ward

Drone operator