firewood raffle winners!

firewood raffle winners!

2 draws were held during Wolfman Jake’s Hallowe’en Special Lee Gass (Quadra) and Roland Boudreau (Cortes) were the winners, each will each receive a delivery of a cord of fire wood just in time for winter. Thank you to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket (and to the volunteers who sold them). We sold a total of 1436 tickets, raising $2872 in much needed funds, which will pay for repairing, refurbishing and purchasing broadcast and emergency equipment. A special thanks to local stores who generously handled ticket sales: Cortes Market, Cortes Island Natural Food Co-Op, Squirrel Cove General Store, and the Gorge Harbour Store. This raffle would was made entirely possible by two people: John “Wolfman Jake” Johnson and Dee Fitzpatrick.Thank you for your limitless energy and...
Cortes Island looks to update tourism plan, hosts multiple consultations with community

Cortes Island looks to update tourism plan, hosts multiple consultations with community

The Cortes Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA) has initiated a new planning process to update the tourism plan for Cortes Island. The organization has been given assistance from Destination BC in hosting and assessing the needs and desires of the community on a new tourism plan. The last plan that included intentions for tourism on Cortes Island was the LEAP, a five-year Local Economic Action Plan, published in December 2018. Many objectives from the report have been met, like creating an affordable housing initiative, a death-care collective, and local training programs for residents. One of the other objectives of the LEAP was to develop an eco-tourism strategy, an unmet goal. CCEDA is working with a tourism training company through Destination BC called “The Tourism Cafe.” Lesley Anderson and Nancy Arsenault from The Tourism Cafe facilitated the consultations. There were two in-person meetings last week, one at Mansons Hall, and the other at the Gorge Hall, in Whaletown. The presenters explained how this timing makes sense to draft a new report, “We also know the world for visitors and travelers fundamentally changed as a result of COVID. In fact, this nation has a national body that takes care of tourism in our country. It’s undergoing a massive understanding”, Lesley Anderson explained at the first Mansons Hall consultation. This Wednesday, Nov. 1, there will be an online consultation to widen the accessibility of community input. The in-person presentations also mentioned a group of appointed stakeholders to be consulted. Lesley explained the timeline for the process to about 20 people attending at Mansons Hall last week. “In November, December we’re going to...
Raising a flag to remember — Cortes Island School marks Orange Shirt Day

Raising a flag to remember — Cortes Island School marks Orange Shirt Day

The sun was shining on Cortes Island school Friday Sept 29, as the Parent Advisory Committee shared orange T-shirts with all 90 children. With a new principal, the team and students were busy all month preparing to observe the day of memorial by raising a Residential School Survivors’ flag.  Klahoose Elders visited to share their lived experiences and share song, drumming, and hope. Sisters Rose Hanson and Jessie Louie, joined with singer Brenda Hanson. Brenda Hanson, singing in ʔayʔaǰuθəm (Ayajuthem) with school children. Photo by Odette Auger. The day was explained in advance, in age appropriate ways from kindergarten to Cortes Island Academy. For high school students, a week of online lunch and learns with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation shared the full history, along with exploring unconscious bias and debunking stereotypes.  Michael Datura, the new principal, shared why this day was important to observe, and communicate.  As a principal, he felt that the day needs to be observed “especially given the role that the education system has played in colonization,” Datura said.  “I think it’s important for students to see the Canadian flag come down and be replaced if only for a moment, if just to acknowledge the role of the nation state in colonization and the continued oppression of indigenous peoples.” Canadian flag taken down to recognize the role the government played. Photo by Odette Auger. Erica Kohn, president of the school’s Parents Advisory Committee, explained that Datura had made connections months before he started as new principal. How to do TRC day in a good way was at the top of his list.   The Survivors’...
Summer jobs subsidy brings local youth home

Summer jobs subsidy brings local youth home

This summer, the Canada Summer Jobs wage subsidy helped two local students return home for the season. Affordable housing, the draw to visit home, and learning opportunities motivated Lilly Allen and Manuel Perdisa to apply for local jobs that were subsidized by the summer student program. The students reflected on the experience with CKTZ as they were finishing up their contracts at the end of August. The two returned to the University of Victoria last week to continue their studies. Allen and Perdisa are part of a larger generation of Cortes locals, a result of a “baby boom” that occurred 20 years ago. Like many island youth, they left Cortes to attend high school on Vancouver Island, since there was no high school on Cortes at the time. Returning to work for local non-profits was an opportunity for both students to return for an extended period of time, since leaving for school and university. Allen worked for the Cortes Island Museum and Archives, which utilizes the subsidy to hire a host for the busy summer season. Allen noted the educational benefits of the job. “I could learn about the local community that I grew up in and I’m slowly drifting away from. As I grow up and grow older and I’ve started to do more things with my life and I wanted to really reconnect a little bit.”  Perdisa said homesickness contributed to his decision to return to Cortes. “It’s nice to settle back into it, hang out with the family, see what’s changed.” The professional experience for the young locals was the biggest takeaway. “It’s been able to...