Department of National Defence and K’ómoks First Nation sign shared access agreement to Goose Spit
May 7th, 2019 – Comox, BC – From the MyComoxValleyLive
COMOX, B.C. – K’ómoks First Nation, 19 Wing Comox, and the Department of National Defence (DND) took part in a signing ceremony today that will provide the Nation with access to its reserve lands on Goose Spit in Comox.
Colonel Martin Gros-Jean, Commander of Real Property Operations for DND, along with 19 Wing Comox acting commander Lieutenant-Colonel Curtis Wright joined K’ómoks First Nation Chief Nicole Rempel for a ceremony that formalizes shared access to the Goose Spit peninsula.
While the DND and the K’ómoks First Nation have coordinated shared access to the Goose Spit peninsula for many years, this agreement formalizes the access arrangement.
According to a release, “The DND is committed to renewing and strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples in the communities where we operate.”
“The agreement reinforces the relationship between 19 Wing Comox and the K’ómoks First Nation,” the release said.
“It provides the Nation with continued access to its reserve lands on Goose Spit through DND’s HMCS Quadra site, and DND with access to the tip of the peninsula to support ongoing maritime search and rescue training. DND recognizes the importance of our relationship with the K’ómoks First Nation, and we look forward to continuing to work together in the spirit of renewal and reconciliation.”
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