School builds garden for the pollinators

School builds garden for the pollinators

Cortes Island School built a pollinator garden in the shape of a butterfly in collaboration with Friends of Cortes Island. Photo by Michael Datura. The Cortes Island School has created a new home for beneficial insects as part of a gaming grant with Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI). The environmental non-profit has worked with the school in the past to develop the two existing human food-producing gardens. The school’s principal, Michael Datura, explained how the funds from the gaming grant are outlined, “The mandate of the foci money is to also benefit other-than-human species at the school grounds.” Seeds for the garden are chosen based on flowers and plants that feed and house beneficial insects. The students will be involved in experimenting with starting seeds inside and outside, to determine best results. The garden is shaped like a butterfly to represent some of the future residents of the garden. The school is also welcoming spring with a public fair on Thursday April 11th from 1-3 pm, hosted by the Parents Advisory Committee (PAC). Listen to this CKTZ News...
Playschool seeks to expand into summer, create year-round program

Playschool seeks to expand into summer, create year-round program

March 20, 2024 The Cortes Playschool is currently exploring funding options to expand into a year-round program. In the past, the childcare facility has always mimicked the school year, closing operations through the summer months.  Offering a year round program would provide a stable source of childcare for working families that continue to work during the summer months, according to staff. Cora Moret is currently applying for funding to try to make the expansion happen. “We’re just carefully planning it so that we don’t disrupt the Playschool activity. So Playschool will stay consistent,” she said, describing the process. In 2022, the playschool successfully expanded its hours, days of operation, and range of ages it served. Moret hopes to continue expanding the hours available to provide full-time childcare Monday-Friday by September of this year. To hear more, listen to the CKTZ News...
School academy focuses on art and climate next semester

School academy focuses on art and climate next semester

March 19, 2024 Principal Michael Datura is looking to the next curriculum for Cortes Island Academy (CIA) and says that climate and art will be a central focus for the school’s third year, the 2024-25 semester. “Climate and art as to the interface between the arts and climate change,” Datura added. Datura reflected on the past semester, which culminated with a showcase at the end of January, noting the biodiversity project, where students created local forage-guidebooks for things like edible berries, mushrooms, and lichens. Listen to the CKTZ News Update about...
Ceremony with cacao expands to collaborate with Kirtan and Dance Temple

Ceremony with cacao expands to collaborate with Kirtan and Dance Temple

March 14, 2024 Tanya Krahn, local chocolatier, has been offering guidance through ceremonies with cacao for locals. Now she is collaborating with established local gatherings like Dance Temple and Kirtan. Within the ceremony, a circle of participants focuses on an intention, at a collaborative altar, and everyone drinks a cacao beverage. Krahn shares how her journey has evolved since Samhain. “It’s a beautiful combination… of ceremony and intention and then use the body in a form of celebration through dance…. I’ve also done a cacao in Kirtan evening, which is also very powerful because they combine the mantra, which means to vibrate the mind.” Krahn will be hosting a ceremony with cacao before the Dance Temple on March 22, marking the Spring Equinox. She noted that significant times in the calendar, like the Equinoxes, are especially effective moments for collective ceremony. To hear more, listen to the CKTZ News...
Local author publishes book with islands’ geography “woven” in

Local author publishes book with islands’ geography “woven” in

March 12, 2024 Local author Iris Gildea has just published a new book. Gildea drafted “The Poetry of Belonging: Healing with the Language of the Wound” on Sointula in 2021 on a retreat and later finished the book on Cortes Island. Gildea explains that the local geography is “woven” into the book. Gildea shares the new book’s ability to show, “how poetry can open us up to understanding and engaging with our own experiences in a way that ordinary language can’t and the way that all arts can open us up to that.” The book was officially released March 1 and her publisher Mad and Crip Theology Press will be hosting a book launch in Toronto on April 3.  To hear more about the development of “The Poetry of Belonging,” listen to the CKTZ News...