Tour Somenos Marsh with Cowichan Tribes member Tim Kulchyski and learn the history and cultural significance of Somenos Marsh in regards to Cowichan Tribes and First Nations from the surrounding areas prior to European contact. The presentation includes a 1.5 hour walk at the Open Air Classroom and board-walk that meanders through Somenos Marsh. Tim will help you:
-Learn the Hul’qumi’num’ names of the birds, plants, shrubs and trees of the marsh
-Learn what plants and resources were traditionally harvested from the marsh
-Gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and traditional significance of the marsh
-Understand the impact of development on traditional lands and the importance of preserving ecosystems such as Somenos Marsh
Tim has worked with a variety of clients assessing upland, freshwater and marine ecosystems for 19 years. His work often involves examining the impacts of development on cultural values. Over the last number of years he has also participated in a number of programs to control invasive species in the watershed. Tim has travelled extensively studying the interaction between resource issues and cultural heritage. He is a Cowichan Tribes Band member and Lands & Fisheries Biologist. Over a five-year period Tim coordinated a major Hul’qumi’num’ language revitalization initiative in a collaborative partnership between the Hul’qumi’num’ speaking nation and the University of Victoria. He currently sits on the Cowichan Watershed board as a member at large helping to represent resource use and other watershed issues.
Participants meet at Somenos Marsh Open Air Classroom parking lot, just north of Duncan on the TCH.
Fee: $10 adult, children free