Join us March 27 at 12:15 p.m. for a ceremony to mark the planting of hundreds of camas bulbs down near the new Aboriginal Learning and Cultural Centre. This event is part of the Camas Mounds Demonstration Project, which is working with youth from Shoreline Middle School and the Songhees Nation in assessing the potential for growing camas in mounds.
Camas was a traditionally important staple food of the Coast Salish People, but it’s estimated that only about 5% of the Garry oak ecosystems that support camas still remain due to urbanization and conversion to agriculture. Currently very few Coast Salish families are able to access and consume camas bulbs. It’s hoped that the project will help increase the availability of camas bulbs for traditional feasting, sharing with Elders, cultural education, growing planting stock for sharing with local communities, and other uses. Apart from the support from the Songhees Nation and staff and students at Shoreline Middle School, the project team at the Centre for Livelihoods and Ecology also wish to acknowledge the generous support of Vancity and Royal Roads University. Ken Elliott, a member of Cowichan Tribes and an expert in the propagation of native plants and owner of a native plants nursery, is guiding the project and providing planting material.
The planting will take place near the ALCC - rain or shine! Hope to see you there.