‘The Art of Nurturing Nature in Qualicum Beach’ is one of a myriad of events that will take place across the province during the BC Culture Days celebration that takes place from Sept. 22 to Oct. 15.
The event takes place thoughout the unceded traditional territory of the Qualicum, Snaw-naw-as, Snuneymuxw, K’ómox, Tseshaht, Hupacasath, and Ditidaht First Nations, on whose traditional lands Qualicum Beach and the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region is situated within.
Organizers invite the community and visitors to explore Qualicum Beach and the surrounding areas.
Events and activities at this hub include:
• ‘A Story of Beach Creek and Other Fish Tales’ celebrates salmon and streams and through this artistic display. ‘The Art of Nurturing Nature’ is something to celebrate on B.C. and World Rivers Day Sept. 24. Hand-painted wooden salmon will be on display near the Qualicum Beach Visitors Centre (2711 West Island Highway). This event will feature a hands-on paper fish decorating activity. All ages welcome.
• Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Forage Fish Demonstration at the Qualicum Beach Visitors Centre at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 24. In this demonstration, participants will be shown the procedure used to sample sediment from beaches and then process that sediment down to a small sample that will later be checked for eggs.
The eggs are from two different kinds of forage fish: surf smelt and pacific sand lance. These small creatures play a critical role in upholding the integrity of pacific marine ecosystems by acting as a food source for a vast number of predators including other fish, mammals and sea birds. In this way, they help to move energy in the ocean from lower levels of the food web to higher levels, keeping our systems healthy and in balance.
• ‘Yellow Fish & You’. A look at Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society. It will be held at Adam Walker’s MLA community office Sept. 24 for a fun an informative talk, display and meet and greet. Learn what you can do to conserve water and protect salmon habitats in our community.
• The Art of Nurturing Nature Together Open Studio, Diane Moran Artist and Community Connector: Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Drop by Moran’s artist studio in North Qualicum Beach and check out current and past community arts projects and installations. Try your hand and create your own art piece too. Special guests (youth artists) will be featured and have art on display.
— NEWS Staff