OUTREACH & AWARENESS RAISING FOR PARKSVILLE 2019 SYMPOSIUM: Update presentation by Kim Stephens on inter-regional collaboration created the opportunity to invite Metro Vancouver elected representatives to attend Parksville 2019 Symposium (Utilities Committee, Sept 2018)

    “My presentation to the Utilities Committee alllowed me to make the first outreach announcement about the Parksville 2019 Symposium, even though the Organizing Committee was still in the early stages of program development. So, I decided to be bold and seize the moment in order to plant seeds about the vision for restorative development,” recalls Kim Stephens. “At the end of the day, it is essential to reconnect ecology and hydrology to bring the vision for restorative development to fruition. Only then would restorative development have a lasting beneficial impact.”

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    Kus-kus-sum Restoration on the Courtenay River on Vancouver Island: “Being stewards of the lands and waters, it is inherently our duty to restore and assist in the rehabilitation of the natural habitat of the salmon and various marine and wildlife in this area,” stated Chief Councillor Nicole Rempel, K’ómoks First Nation

    “K’ómoks First Nation believes in partnerships, particularly when partnerships involve like-minded groups that share similar vision. It is in this spirit that we are happy to sign this collaborative agreement with the City of Courtenay and Project Watershed on behalf of our membership for the management and restoration of Kus-kus-sum,” states Chief Councillor Nicole Rempel, K’ómoks First Nation. “Restoring this cultural and historically significant site is a vision KFN shares with Project Watershed and the City of Courtenay. KFN’s interest in the site is largely based on its strong cultural significance.”

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