First Nation EXPLORE OUR STORY tuwa akʷs χoχoɬ ʔa xʷ yiχmɛtɛt (ʔa) kʷʊms hɛhaw tʊms gɩǰɛ Care takers of the 'land of plenty' since time immemorial K'ómoks
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tuwa akʷs χoχoɬ ʔa xʷ yiχmɛtɛt (ʔa) kʷʊms hɛhaw tʊms gɩǰɛ

– “Care takers of the ‘land of plenty’ since time immemorial”

For thousands of years indigenous people occupied the shoreline of eastern Vancouver Island in a place referred to as, “the land of plenty”. This Land of Plenty stretched from what is known today as Kelsey Bay south to Hornby and Denman Island and included the watershed and estuary of the Puntledge River. The people called K’ómoks today referred to themselves as Sahtloot, Sasitla, Ieeksun, Puntledge, Cha’chae, and Tat’poos. They occupied sites in Kelsey Bay, Quinsum, Campbell River, Quadra Island, Kye Bay, and along the Puntledge estuary. As a cultural collective they called themselves, “Sahtloot”, according to the late Mary Clifton.

Oral history and archaeology describe a rich and bountiful relationship between the K’ómoks and Land of Plenty. Salmon, seal, octopus, herring, cod, deer, ducks, shellfish and a plethora of berries filled the tummies of the young and old alike. The technologies that were applied in harvest, preparation and cultivation of local resources were appropriate to the environment, resource and spiritual beliefs. Fish weirs, duck nets, berry picking techniques and clothing design met the needs of the K’ómoks and for generations provided variety, utility and sense of cultural uniqueness. Mask dances and rhythmic songs filled the winter nights and season. Property was distributed to guests in potlatches and elaborate naming ceremonies honoured the youth, leaders and elders of the communities.

Following contact with Europeans northern groups started a southerly move into K’ómoks territory. A period of conflict displaced the K’ómoks southward to their relatives the Puntledge. Followed by a period of colonial policy and practices, the K’ómoks families have endured hardship and loss of land, resources and cultural connection. Modern leaders are striving to reclaim cultural expression and relationship the “the land of plenty”. Today the Hereditary Chiefs of the K’ómoks First Nation are Ernie Hardy (Sasitla), Allan Mitchell (Sasitla/Cha’chae), Kerry Frank (Pentlatch) and George Cook (Leeksun).

hɛhɛwčɩs; Hayuthela la xens: Moving Forward Together

K’ómoks First Nation Vision Statement:
hɛhɛwčɩs; Hayuthela la xens: Moving Forward Together
We, the K’ómoks people envision a prosperous and healthy Nation, in which we exercise our rights and title throughout our territory, honouring our people, lands, waters, cultures and languages.

K’ómoks First Nation Mission Statement:
K’ómoks First Nation ensures the well-being and self-sufficiency in all aspects of our Nation by asserting our rights and title while upholding out members.

Well-being is defined as:
● Overall, improving the happiness and contentment of our elders, youth, members and families by ensuring their basic needs are met and have access to opportunities
● Enhancing the social connectedness through culture, communication, respect, and understanding
● Enhancing financial health by providing opportunities for employment, training, and education
● Enhancing physical health through recreation and sport
● Enhancing mental health through cultural support programs

K’ómoks First Nation Unceded Traditional Territory Acknowledgement

In the spirit of reconciliation, it is encouraged and appreciated that our local organizations show acknowledgement of the K’ómoks First Nation Unceded Traditional Territory at their public and internal gatherings when appropriate.

Here is the acknowledgement we recommend:
[Our organization] respectfully acknowledges that we are standing on the Unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation.

Stewardship Policy Fee Schedule

What’s happening in our Nation, for the community and our members. Follow us on social media for the latest news and updates!

UPDATED--Call for Native Artists to Support Kus-kus-sum

The K'ómoks First Nation in collaboration with Comox Valley Project Watershed Society is hosting a Keeping It Living art auction on Nov 21, 2020 to raise funds for the acquisition and restoration of Kus-kus-sum. Artist to receive a percentage.

The closing date for purchasing the property is Nov 30, 2020. A donation of art will help ensure we make this deadline!

DETAILS FOR DONATING ART: http://tiny.cc/a221tz (link in bio)

Kus-kus-sum project:
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Contact:
Katherine Frank
K'ómoks Councilor
P: 250.650.7271
E: kat.frank@komoks.ca
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#kuskussum #keepingitliving #weshareawatershed #projectwatershed #cityfcourtenay #comoxvalley #komoksfirstnation #komoksterritory #unpaveparadise #beautifulbc
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We honor our K'ómoks survivors and all survivors of the residential school system.
"September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and well being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters."
#orangeshirtday #everychildmatters

Read PHYLLIS' STORY: the original orange shirt here https://www.orangeshirtday.org/phyllis-story.html
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March 18, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that we have made the difficult decision to close the K’omoks First Nation administration Office to the public until further notice.

All community meetings, dinners, programs and events have been cancelled.

For the time being, we will remain open to provide essential services to our members.

Staff that can work from home will do so, and will be available via email or phone at 250.339.4545 during our regular working hours Monday to Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm, with the lunch hour of 12:00pm-1:00pm.

We are taking extra precautions for our staff and members. We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation.

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

K'omoks First Nation
3330 Comox Rd., Courtenay
P: 250.339.4545
E: Reception@komoks.ca
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#covid19
#komoksfirstnation
#indigenouscommunity
#comoxvalley
#courtenay
#comox
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Call for Native Artists to Support Kus-kus-sum

The K'omoks First Nation in collaboration with Comox Valley Project Watershed Society is hosting a Keeping It Living art auction on May 30, 2020 to raise funds for the acquisition and restoration of Kus-kus-sum. The closing date for purchasing the property is June 30, 2020. A donation of art will help ensure we make this deadline!

DETAILS FOR DONATING ART: http://tiny.cc/93mtkz

Kus-kus-sum project:
https://projectwatershed.ca/keeping-living/ -
Contact:
Katherine Frank
K'omoks Councilor
P: 250.650.7271
E: kat.frank@komoks.ca
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#kuskussum #keepingitliving #weshareawatershed #projectwatershed #cityfcourtenay #comoxvalley #komoksfirstnation #komoksterritory #unpaveparadise #beautifulbc
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@cvpws
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Happening right now at the K'omoks First Nation - government funding announcement regarding the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project.
https://news.gov.bc.ca/18567
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#vancouverisland
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ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM Writing Workshop 8:30 pm
ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM Writing Workshop
Nov 2 @ 8:30 pm – 10:20 pm
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING OUR (ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM) WRITING SYSTEM?This is an online course and open to any K’ómoks MembersOn/off reserve, status, or non-status.View the poster here http://tiny.cc/iestszThe Homalco language department has organized a virtual Orthography workshop to include our sister Nations – Klahoose, Tla’amin and K’ómoks. Marianne Huijsmans a linguist from UBC and Sue Urbanzyk a linguist from UVIC have both agreed to facilitate this.We would meet every Monday from 1:30-3:30 pm for a five-month period (from September 21, 2020 – February 22, 2021).Please register with your language coordinator from your community.Jacqueline Mathieu, Klahoose250-935-6536, jmathieu@klahoose.orgSonya Harry, Sliammon604-483-9646, sonya.harry@tn-bc.caNicole Rempel, K’ómoks250-339-4545, nicole.rempel@komoks.caEmily Shopland, K’ómoks250-339-4545, emily.shopland@komoks.caMarilyn Harry, Homalco250-923-3976, marilyn.harry@homalco.comWe encourage[...]
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19+ Game Nights 1:00 am
19+ Game Nights
Nov 3 @ 1:00 am – 2:50 am
Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm, Starting Oct 6In the admin boardroom, 3330 Comox Rd.Come out to play card games, backgammon, others, or bring your own game for us to play!COVID-19 protocols will be followed.Please contact Susan with any questions or concerns.Prepackaged snacks and refreshments provided Susan SavoieSocial Development & Elder CoordinatorK’ómoks First NationP: 250.339.4545 ext. 106E: susan.savoie@komoks.ca
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Men’s Drumming & Singing Group
Men’s Drumming & Singing Group
Nov 5 all-day
Men’s drumming and singing group will have bi-weekly (every 2 weeks), on Thursday evenings. Beginning September 24, 2020 at 7:00pm in the Gym, 3320 Comox Rd., Courtenay.Holidays and other cancelations are possible, watch for notices or check-in with Jessie.Sign-up is required to attend.COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Please let Jessie know if you are interested in joining this drumming group or if you have any questions!Contact:Jessie EversonE: eversonjessie@gmail.com
Artisan Nights 1:00 am
Artisan Nights
Nov 5 @ 1:00 am – 2:50 am
Thursdays from 6:00pm-8:00pmIn the administration foyer, 3330 Comox Rd.Bring your projects or start a new one.Traditional or otherwise. A creative space for community.Join us for company and support! COVID-19 protocols will be followed.Please contact Susan with any questions or concerns.Susan SavoieSocial Development & Elder CoordinatorK’ómoks First NationP: 250.339.4545 ext. 106E: susan.savoie@komoks.ca
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ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM Writing Workshop 8:30 pm
ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM Writing Workshop
Nov 9 @ 8:30 pm – 10:20 pm
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING OUR (ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM) WRITING SYSTEM?This is an online course and open to any K’ómoks MembersOn/off reserve, status, or non-status.View the poster here http://tiny.cc/iestszThe Homalco language department has organized a virtual Orthography workshop to include our sister Nations – Klahoose, Tla’amin and K’ómoks. Marianne Huijsmans a linguist from UBC and Sue Urbanzyk a linguist from UVIC have both agreed to facilitate this.We would meet every Monday from 1:30-3:30 pm for a five-month period (from September 21, 2020 – February 22, 2021).Please register with your language coordinator from your community.Jacqueline Mathieu, Klahoose250-935-6536, jmathieu@klahoose.orgSonya Harry, Sliammon604-483-9646, sonya.harry@tn-bc.caNicole Rempel, K’ómoks250-339-4545, nicole.rempel@komoks.caEmily Shopland, K’ómoks250-339-4545, emily.shopland@komoks.caMarilyn Harry, Homalco250-923-3976, marilyn.harry@homalco.comWe encourage[...]
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19+ Game Nights 1:00 am
19+ Game Nights
Nov 10 @ 1:00 am – 2:50 am
Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm, Starting Oct 6In the admin boardroom, 3330 Comox Rd.Come out to play card games, backgammon, others, or bring your own game for us to play!COVID-19 protocols will be followed.Please contact Susan with any questions or concerns.Prepackaged snacks and refreshments provided Susan SavoieSocial Development & Elder CoordinatorK’ómoks First NationP: 250.339.4545 ext. 106E: susan.savoie@komoks.ca
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SD: Client Declaration Renewal Due
SD: Client Declaration Renewal Due
Nov 15 all-day
Renewals are due by the 15 of each month or sooner if the 15 falls on a weekend day.ContactSusan SavoieSocial Development & Elder CoordinatorK’omoks First NationP: 250.339.4545 ext. 106E: susan.savoie@komoks.ca
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ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM Writing Workshop 8:30 pm
ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM Writing Workshop
Nov 16 @ 8:30 pm – 10:20 pm
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING OUR (ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM) WRITING SYSTEM?This is an online course and open to any K’ómoks MembersOn/off reserve, status, or non-status.View the poster here http://tiny.cc/iestszThe Homalco language department has organized a virtual Orthography workshop to include our sister Nations – Klahoose, Tla’amin and K’ómoks. Marianne Huijsmans a linguist from UBC and Sue Urbanzyk a linguist from UVIC have both agreed to facilitate this.We would meet every Monday from 1:30-3:30 pm for a five-month period (from September 21, 2020 – February 22, 2021).Please register with your language coordinator from your community.Jacqueline Mathieu, Klahoose250-935-6536, jmathieu@klahoose.orgSonya Harry, Sliammon604-483-9646, sonya.harry@tn-bc.caNicole Rempel, K’ómoks250-339-4545, nicole.rempel@komoks.caEmily Shopland, K’ómoks250-339-4545, emily.shopland@komoks.caMarilyn Harry, Homalco250-923-3976, marilyn.harry@homalco.comWe encourage[...]
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Men’s Drumming & Singing Group
Men’s Drumming & Singing Group
Nov 19 all-day
Men’s drumming and singing group will have bi-weekly (every 2 weeks), on Thursday evenings. Beginning September 24, 2020 at 7:00pm in the Gym, 3320 Comox Rd., Courtenay.Holidays and other cancelations are possible, watch for notices or check-in with Jessie.Sign-up is required to attend.COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Please let Jessie know if you are interested in joining this drumming group or if you have any questions!Contact:Jessie EversonE: eversonjessie@gmail.com
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KFN Nominations for Election 1:00 am
KFN Nominations for Election
Nov 23 @ 1:00 am – 3:50 am
 
ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM Writing Workshop 8:30 pm
ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM Writing Workshop
Nov 23 @ 8:30 pm – 10:20 pm
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING OUR (ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM) WRITING SYSTEM?This is an online course and open to any K’ómoks MembersOn/off reserve, status, or non-status.View the poster here http://tiny.cc/iestszThe Homalco language department has organized a virtual Orthography workshop to include our sister Nations – Klahoose, Tla’amin and K’ómoks. Marianne Huijsmans a linguist from UBC and Sue Urbanzyk a linguist from UVIC have both agreed to facilitate this.We would meet every Monday from 1:30-3:30 pm for a five-month period (from September 21, 2020 – February 22, 2021).Please register with your language coordinator from your community.Jacqueline Mathieu, Klahoose250-935-6536, jmathieu@klahoose.orgSonya Harry, Sliammon604-483-9646, sonya.harry@tn-bc.caNicole Rempel, K’ómoks250-339-4545, nicole.rempel@komoks.caEmily Shopland, K’ómoks250-339-4545, emily.shopland@komoks.caMarilyn Harry, Homalco250-923-3976, marilyn.harry@homalco.comWe encourage[...]
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ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM Writing Workshop 8:30 pm
ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM Writing Workshop
Nov 30 @ 8:30 pm – 10:20 pm
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING OUR (ʔAYʔAJ̌UΘƐM) WRITING SYSTEM?This is an online course and open to any K’ómoks MembersOn/off reserve, status, or non-status.View the poster here http://tiny.cc/iestszThe Homalco language department has organized a virtual Orthography workshop to include our sister Nations – Klahoose, Tla’amin and K’ómoks. Marianne Huijsmans a linguist from UBC and Sue Urbanzyk a linguist from UVIC have both agreed to facilitate this.We would meet every Monday from 1:30-3:30 pm for a five-month period (from September 21, 2020 – February 22, 2021).Please register with your language coordinator from your community.Jacqueline Mathieu, Klahoose250-935-6536, jmathieu@klahoose.orgSonya Harry, Sliammon604-483-9646, sonya.harry@tn-bc.caNicole Rempel, K’ómoks250-339-4545, nicole.rempel@komoks.caEmily Shopland, K’ómoks250-339-4545, emily.shopland@komoks.caMarilyn Harry, Homalco250-923-3976, marilyn.harry@homalco.comWe encourage[...]
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