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General News · 11th May 2020
Noba Anderson
Decolonization, conservation, stewardship, wild food, and eco-youth on this Week’s Cortes Virtual Community Meeting

This week Max Taysen, President of the Friends of Cortes Island Board of Directors, and friends will join me to discuss some ambitions project proposals that FOCI has recently revealed. Read more below the call-in details.


Join us on-line here – no registration now required – same link every week.

OR call into the meeting from a phone.
Dial-in is (778) 907-2071 with meeting ID: 577 998 404

OR listen live at Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM and call into the station 250-935-0200 with any questions that can then be submitted to the Zoom call.

Last week’s public meeting’s discussion focused on Cortes food security and included a great discussion with special guests, Tamara McPhail from Linnaea Farm Society and Loni Taylor from the Cortes Community Economic Development Association’s food program. To read a report on last week’s meeting or to listen to the full audio file see

This week’s meeting (Tuesday, May 12th and 4:30) will highlight some of the proposals submitted to me this year as part of Cortes’ first participatory budgeting process for the SRD Grant-In-Aid fund pool of $25,000. Although the decision for Grant-In-Aid allocation is one that belongs to the Strathcona Regional District Board, I have committed to making my spending recommendation this year based entirely on the result of a participatory budgeting process to which I have invited all Cortes not-for-profit organizations.

20 project proposals have been submitted from 9 organizations. We have now embarked on a journey to hear all of the proposals, evaluate their merits and timeliness, find collaborations and figure out how to leverage funds. Community organizations will meet twice this week and then vote on spending allocations. I commit to taking that collective recommendation forward to the SRD Board.

Of the organizations that submitted proposals, both the Cortes Community Economic Development Association and the Friends of Cortes Island Society submitted 6 and 5 project proposal respectively. We have heard a lot from CCEDA at these public meetings and will now turn the microphone, in part, to FOCI to hear about their following proposed projects:

1. The Decolonization-Reconciliation Initiative - to decolonize settlers, support the indigenous cultural resurgence, and connect with nature to feed and shelter us today, sustainably.

2. The Strategic Conservation Plan - to assess the status of the island’s ecological and nutritional resources and to plan how to protect, restore and maintain them for the future

3. The Wild-Food and Medicine Conservation and Harvest Program - to teach people what to harvest and when, and how to do it sustainably; and to monitor for impacts from harvesting.

4. The Community Stewards Program – to engage the community in looking after the natural environment where they live and beyond

5. The Ecological Youth Program to connect youth to inspiring people, projects, and places and give them new resiliency skills

Please join us for the discussion that these proposed projects will inevitably spark.

With all my love to all of you,
Noba Anderson

Regional Director