Project Description

K’ómoks Guardian Watchmen

Who are we?

We are the K’ómoks Guardian Watchmen, our mission is to protect and preserve the environment within our Traditional Territory. We are the eyes and ears of the land and sea.

Who do we work with?

We work closely with neighbouring First Nations Guardian Watchmen to ensure the whole coast is protected- what affects one nation’s territory, affects us all. We have had great success in creating awareness of our program within our traditional territory and have received a lot of positive feedback from our community. Our team attends many meetings to ensure we have a voice in projects happening within the K’ómoks Traditional Territory.

We have created strong working relationships with:

  • DFO- Salmon Enhancement (Puntledge Hatchery), Habitat, Conservation and Protection
  • Conservation Officers
  • BC Parks
  • BC Hydro
  • North Island College
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Comox Valley Project Watershed
  • Tsolumn River Restoration Society
  • Denman Island Stewardship Society
  • Nanwakolas Council
  • Comox Valley Steelhead Society
  • Courtenay District Fish and Game
  • Current Environmental
Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network

Our Projects

Because of these relationships our Guardians have been invited to participate in many of the projects happening throughout the Comox Valley in the 2016 year. What are some of the projects we have worked on?

  • Monitored known hunting areas for illegal hunting practices and poaching
  • Environmental monitoring for various projects such as:
    • Installation of a breech for the airpark lagoon
    • Installation of a bridge for logging access
  • Eicher Screens and Homing Project (Fish DNA Project)
  • Mapping of old K’ómoks village site
  • Fish counts on local streams and Rivers
  • Clam, Crab, Prawn and Seal Surveys
  • Water sampling
  • Subtidal eel grass surveys and mapping within the K’ómoks Estuary
  • Removing a log jam and supporting the river banks with the removed logs
  • Checkerspot butterfly surveys
  • Checking for compliance with fishing regulations on the rivers

Our Qualifications

Land

  • Environmental Technician Program – Vancouver Island University
  • Documenting and Presenting Field Compliance Data
  • S-232 Pump and Water Delivery Systems
  • S-185 Wildfire Entrapment Avoidance
  • S-100 Fire Suppression
  • Bear/Cougar/Wildlife Aware
  • Archeological and Culturally Modified Tree Inventory Certificate
  • Forestry Legislation and Regulation

River

  • Certified Crew Member Backpack Electrofishing – VIU
  • Law and Regulations of Freshwater Federal Fisheries Act Marine

Marine

  • Small Vessel Operators Proficiency Certificate
  • MED A2 (Small Passenger-Carrying Vessel Safety)
  • Swift water Safety Rescue
  • Advanced Marine First Aid
  • Restricted Operators Certificate
  • Marine Emergency Duties

Other

  • Basic Verbal Judo – Conflict resolution one day course
  • Stewardship Technician Training- Level 1- VIU
  • Essential Field Skills
  • Compliance Communications and Resource Monitoring
  • Archeology and Culturally Modified Tree Inventory
  • ILRP 100 Indigenous Learning and Recognition Portfolio
  • Small Motors Servicing and Electrical Systems
  • Fish and Fish Habitat Monitoring Skills
  • Cultural Awareness

OUR TEAM

Cory FrankGuardian Watchmen Manager
Hello my name is Cory Frank. I am a member of the K’ómoks First Nation. I am the leader of the Guardian Watchmen Department for our Nation. Being born and raised in the K’ómoks village life as a youth was very pleasant. We had all the things around us to shape the person I have become today. The outdoors, hunting fishing and gathering berries and shellfish are the mainstays in my life. Like many things in our culture it is a big circle with the seasons of when and how we do things.
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Randy FrankGuardian Watchmen Lead
My name is Randy Frank, I work as a Guardian Watchmen for the K’ómoks First Nation. We work on protecting and monitoring our lands and everything in it, from plants and animals, to marine life as well. We work with a bunch of local stewardship organizations to help our estuary and rivers and creeks. As Guardians our traditional lands, we not only protect but we also make efforts in restoring our lands for our future generations. I am also a First Nations artist working on everything from totems to canoes and much more.
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Krissy BrownGuardian Watchmen
Krissy Brown is currently a supporting member of the K’omoks Guardian Watchmen Program
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Caelan McLeanJunior Guardian Watchmen
Caelan McLean is a Junior Guardian
of the K’ómoks Guardian Watchmen.
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