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Klahoose elders, Norman Harry &  Ken Hanuse
General News · 6th November 2018
Saturday, November 3, was a celebration of salmon and community at Basil Creek, Squirrel Cove. The drizzly rain forest day enveloped all who came and witnessed the Coast Salish song and prayer offered to the salmon by Norman Harry and Ken Hanuse. Basil Creek was full and the rising tide ushered fresh salmon into the creek.

A special thank you to Norman Harry and Ken Hanuse for sharing their cultural traditions with the Cortes community. It was a rare opportunity to see the successful regeneration of stream and plants within one year, following the massive restoration project at Basil Creek a year ago. Thank-you to the adjacent landowners, DeAnn Reeves and the Christianson brothers, for providing access on Saturday. The community advisor for Department of Fisheries & Oceans in Campbell River, Stacey Larson and her daughter, made a special trip over to Cortes for the afternoon.

And the chum? They were in Basil Creek, in various spawning stages, perhaps midway into their run, holding in the pools or fighting their way up the riffles. This year appears to have moderate returns to Cortes creeks, which is vastly improved from last year. Final numbers of spawners will be posted on the Tideline once the spawning season is over. A grand finale for the afternoon was watching the seals chasing chum into the creek while the snow geese were flying in V-formation overhead.
Community celebrating salmon
Community celebrating salmon
Chum spawning below new arch culvert, Basil Creek
Chum spawning below new arch culvert, Basil Creek
Love this Photo!
Comment by Joan bevington on 8th November 2018
Lovely attitudes expressed in this picture. Thank you, Norman and Ken, for thoughtful community work done so quietly in the background of daily endeavours. J Bevington