Early bird programming inspired by British ‘Dawn Chorus’ coming to Cortes

Early bird programming inspired by British ‘Dawn Chorus’ coming to Cortes

April 11, 2024 Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) is taking inspiration from a British tradition called “Dawn Chorus.” The early morning event, “Birdsong and Breakfast Pie,” is a multisensory experience offering attendants the chance to listen for birds on the farm with ornithologist Corry Dow. “Dawn Chorus” refers to the sound of collective birdsong in the early morning during spring. There is an International Dawn Chorus Day on the first Sunday of May every year. The tradition began in Birmingham in the 1980s and is recognized in over 80 countries. The local nature walk will be followed by brunch at the Linnaea Kitchen, and a visit to the Cortes Wild Exhibit in the same building. The exhibit features bird specimens that may have been heard during the walk. The event is part of the Wildlife Coexistence program series that FOCI is offering at Linnaea Farm.  Listen to the CKTZ News...
‘Hunny Bunnies’ emerge from Cortes winters

‘Hunny Bunnies’ emerge from Cortes winters

April 9, 2024 “Hunny Bunny Houseparty” on March 30 at the Waverly in Cumberland showcased several artists with roots to Cortes Island.  Eva Yensen, who grew up on Cortes, was featured in addition to DJ Yaffa Ibrahim, Laurena Fairbairn, and Sadie Marfisi, all of whom have called Cortes Island home. The headlining DJ, Aspen King, was born, raised and is still based on Cortes.  Yensen attributes “Cortes winters” with fueling the creatives. “The winters on Cortes especially allow creative space to happen, because you’re like in this cocoon,” the visual artist explained. “There’s not really that much else to do in the winters on Cortes other than dive into creative projects.” “It really filled up my heart and inspired me to want to be part of things like this and maybe help organize them in the future,” she continued. Listen to the CKTZ...
Ayajuthum Language Program set to complete first year

Ayajuthum Language Program set to complete first year

Cortes Island School displays Ayajuthum language posters throughout the halls. Photo by Michael Datura. Cortes Island School is collaborating with the Klahoose First Nation and Jehjeh Media to offer an Ayajuthum Language Program for all ages at the school. The program aligns with a main priority of the Strategic Plan for School District 72 to, “Honour Indigenous Worldviews and Perspectives.”  The program started with a 10-week trial period during the first school semester this past winter, and will continue the program with a second term as students return this week from spring break. Ayajuthum is the indigenous language of the Tla’amin, Homalco, and Klahoose First Nations, which all have traditional territory on Cortes Island. Jehjeh Media is based out of the Tla’amin First Nation, and has provided language posters for the school. The program is funded by the Klahoose First Nation and SD72. Listen to the CKTZ News...
Fiber optic cable cutting mischief ‘heart breaking’: Foreman

Fiber optic cable cutting mischief ‘heart breaking’: Foreman

Fiber optic cables were exposed to the public eye, and severed in at least 17 locations on Whaletown Road. Photo by Jason Brine. Citywest, the Strathcona Regional District, and its subcontractor, WCI faced a roadblock on Cortes Island on March 21st, discovering an estimated $40,000 worth of damage to not-yet-completed fiber optic infrastructure.  Jason Brine, the Foreman for WCI, was with the team that initially examined the damage. His response upon discovering the vandalism, “Heartbroken to be honest…to put that much hard work in and then to have that happen definitely is a little bit of a gut punch.” The fiber optic line is being installed across the entire island of Cortes, as part of a larger network program called ‘Connected Coast’. This project is estimated to cost 45.4 million dollars and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Connect to Innovate (CTI) program, Indigenous Services Canada, and the Province of BC through the Connecting British Columbia program administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust. Listen to the CKTZ...
Post-pandemic-founded band to play Gorge Hall during first tour

Post-pandemic-founded band to play Gorge Hall during first tour

KSAR is an ‘electrified’ folk band full of color, featuring space horses. Photo by Alex Gupana. Aaron Cockburn has finally made a dream come true, debuting his band ‘KSAR’ to the Vancouver Island region this year, after the pandemic delayed his vision. Cortes Island will be one of their first stops on the tour. Cockburn moved to Victoria in 2019 with a vision of a funky folk ensemble, only to have his plans delayed by the pandemic. He left the city during the shutdown, but returned with his dream intact and founded the band in 2021. Over the past two years, KSAR has taken due time to compose its ensemble and its sound. Casey Ryder was the first solid band mate Cockburn brought onto the project. Ryder originally hails from Quadra Island and he noted, “You allow for a lot of time for an original project to get off the ground and rehearsals and auditions…and it’s just unbelievable, so you have to really believe in the music and the musicians”. KSAR is currently beginning their first tour now and will land on Quadra Island April 26th, and Cortes Island April 27th. Willow, local Quadra Island band will open at 8pm at the Gorge Hall for the Cortes performance. Listen to the CKTZ News...
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...