"The CVAG creative team took on the project of conceptualizing, designing and producing artwork for the new North Island Hospital in the Comox Valley. CVAG’s Community Space features a design project for art at the new North Island Hospital in Courtenay. We worked closely with the North Island Hospital Art Project, K’ómoks First Nation, Elder Barb Whyte, other local artists, plus students, parents, and educators from Queneesh Elementary School."
Totem Poles of the Comox Valley
Visit the totem poles throughout the valley. Check out the Totem Pole kit found in the SD#71 LRC (Search for Totem Poles of the Comox Valley). Most totem poles in the valley are documented with the history, location, and carver identified.
"Exhibits in the First Nations Gallery will continue to evolve. When complete, the gallery will house displays that explore a number of themes relating to First Nations history in our area. These themes include a look at ancient and modern First Nations fishing methods, archaeological evidence covering 9000 years of settlement and the devastating epidemics of the 18th and 19th centuries."
With its 15 original members, Nuyumablees was the first facility of its kind in Canada designed specifically to house a repatriated collection and be located on a First Nation Reserve.
The mandate of the U'mista Cultural Society is to ensure the survival of all aspects of the cultural heritage of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw.
One of the objectives of the Society was the development of a facility to carry out the aims of the society. The present facility was opened in November of 1980. The focus of the permanent collection is the "Potlatch Collection". The other permanent exhibits on display include description of the traditional ethnobiology of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw and origin stories of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw villages, as well as, historical and contemporary Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw objects. Traveling exhibits of significance to the community are also displayed.
There are many ways to immerse yourself in the living traditions of BC’s Aboriginal people.