Board Reality 101

Board Reality 101

Today’s Folk U Radio is called Board Reality 101. And by board I am referring to a piece of wood. What is a tree? What are our forests to us? On today’s Folk University we look deeper into this question and the incredible partnership between the Klahoose First Nations and non-nation members in creating a forest managed by a community.  Folk U Radio: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Mark Lombard& Nick Gagnon from the Cortes Fortes General Partnership Cortes Forest General Partnership: A Unique Model for Community Forest Stewardship Mark Lombard, ecological builder and manager with the Cortes Forest General Partnership, joins us to open this episode to explain the Partnership, the Cortes Community Forest Coop, and the impressive and rare community stewardship being modelled on Cortes. The Cortes Forest General Partnership holds a 3,800 ha Crown land tenure and was won thanks to visionary work of those that came before including the Klahoose First Nations and their generosity. The Partnership includes three members of the Klahoose Nation and three non-indigenous members, which are selected by the Cortes Community Forest Coop. The primary function of the Coop is to represent the non-indigenous community and select these three members of the Partnership. The Co-op has no other operational decision-making regarding the community forest. Creating Lifestyle Businesses from Protecting Forest Ecosystems Nick Gagnon is from a family business of silviculturists. Silviculture is the “art and science” of cultivating forest health for the trees, and the wildlife, water, soil, and for the land stewards/users. His family supported themselves actively managing forests for their health and using the dead or lower quality trees to create fibre resources. This was heavily dependent on...
Archaeology 102: Peoples of BC

Archaeology 102: Peoples of BC

In Archaeology 102: The Science of Once and Future Things BC edition professor and neighbour Dr. Brian Hayden, archaeologist, takes us through thousands of years of human history and what it can tell us about the peoples of BC.  Quiggly hole, or Si7xten, in Lillooet, 1996 by Skookum1 @ en.wikipedia (Public domain) Folk U Radio: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Dr Brian Hayden about Archaeology 102 Archaeology, like all sciences, has those aspects of it which are certain, probable, and speculative Dr. Hayden tells us. Because archeology as a science has only been around for 150 years there are not a lot of certain things, such as that the first stone tools showed up 2 to 3 million years ago, that the first people came to North America 15 to 20,0000 years ago, and that both cultural and biological evolution of humans has occurred.  First people in BC These things are known. Recent findings in BC, such as the 14,000 year old artifacts at Triquet Island, now compose the oldest artifacts found in North America. The artifacts were found just 500 km northwest of Victoria and included tools for lighting fires, fish hooks, and spears. They seem to confirm what many archeologists have speculated: that humans first came into North America along the coast of BC 20,000 to 15,000 years ago. Geologically at this time, the ice-sheets were parting. These ice-sheets covered the area and were covered by 1 kilometre-deep ice. This ice melted about 10,000 years ago in this area. It is probable that these first peoples were simple hunter gatherers that lived with no competition, where little or nothing was owned,...
Archaeology 101

Archaeology 101

Folk U Radio: 101 Series. Archaeology: the science of once and future things and I am joined in the studio by our neighbour Dr. Brian Hayden, archeologist extraordinaire. Brian got his doctoral degree from the University of Toronto and taught  archaeology at Simon Fraser University for 40 years and is now a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia, fellow of the Royal Society of Canada: and, of course, a professor here at the esteemed Folk University.  His archeological and ethnoarchaeological research has taken him to Australia, Southeast Asia, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Ontario, and here to British Columbia.  Folk U: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Dr Dr. Brian Haydon about Archaeology: the science of once and future things In Archaeology: The Science of Once and Future Things, Dr. Hayden discussed what archaeology is and what it isn’t and the important distinctions of context that separate it from antiquarianism. Archaeology as the study of trash and archeologists are able to decode this trash to understand the level of income inequality, education, and many other things about a culture.  Top photo credit: A dig in Villaricos (Murcia) by Capture the Uncapturable via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...
Finding Home

Finding Home

Funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.  This article is the first in a three part podcast series called Finding Home. The first podcast features Sandra Wood and Ian Scott discussing the options and challenges for creating affordable housing that they have encountered in pursuing the creation of four affordable rental units for seniors and 20 units for all ages on Cortes. That podcast is almost two hours long and includes a number of questions and answers from local community members. Please listen to the podcast for more in-depth explanation of the Seniors Village expansion and the Rainbow Ridge project.  Construction of the Cortes Senior’s village - courtesy Cortes Island Senior Society Part One - Cortes Currents/Folk U: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Sandra Wood and Ian Scott about affordable housing Part two: Cortes Currents/Folk U: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Sandra Wood and Ian Scott about affordable housing Seasonal Homelessness Sandra Wood knows about seasonal homelessness. Before she moved to Cortes Island, she was one of many islanders throughout the Gulf and Discovery islands that packed and unpacked twice a year in order to free her home for summer owners. “I was lucky enough to find a property that I could rent 10 months of the year,” she says of those five years. She considers herself lucky to have been able to take her holiday during the time when the owners needed their home back, “But I got a taste of what that’s like and how much energy it takes to move in and out completely pack up your life twice a year.”  When Sandra moved to Cortes, she was...
Why go back to school during a pandemic?

Why go back to school during a pandemic?

What can going back to school in a pandemic teach us about the future of education?  Five Educators from the live listening area of Cortes Radio chime in to discuss what their districts are doing to get kids safely back to school and how the future of education in our area may change forever from what we learn in this time.  Part One: Cortes Currents/Folk U: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews 5 school administrators Part Two: Cortes Currents/Folk U: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews 5 school administrators “This show is brought to you by the Local Journalism Initiative – the program funded by Heritage Canada and administered through the Community Radio Fund of Canada. Welcome to special series of Folk U Radio done in partnership with Cortes Currents that takes the Folk University model of slow learning, local knowledge sharing, and neighbours sharing with neighbours and combines it with Cortes Currents commitment to covering the news most relevant to our communities at this time.https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?visual=true&url=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F898267348&show_artwork=true&maxwidth=474&maxheight=711&dnt=1 Kids across Canada are going back to school amidst a continuing global pandemic. Indeed, Dr. Bonnie Henry, who has been widely lauded for guiding BC so well through the pandemic, has said that it’s “important for the wellness of our community to get people to go back to work and to have children return back at school.” Online Survey She also refers to a survey the province did which points to the importance of providing in class instruction to BC families. She says “we do know there have been downside impacts of children being at home. Even in families that have access to internet and computers, it has been very, very challenging. We’ve heard...