Comox Valley Schools
District Parent Advisory Council
February 16, 2023, 7:00-8:30PM, Vanier Secondary
Sharing Cultural Perspectives:
Where Paths Meet
A Special Presentation with
Hereditary Chief Wedlidi Speck and Dr. Jesse Morin
Born and raised in Alert Bay, B.C., Wedlidi Speck is a member of the Namgis First Nation. His cultural connections are Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuuchanulth and North Vancouver Island Coast Salish. Wedlidi is the head chief of the Gixsam of the Kwagul and is chief of one of the five E’iksan clans. He is a story keeper and name-keeper for his Gixsam and E’iksan families. As a chief and spiritual leader, Wedlidi is recognized for his knowledge of traditional protocols, history and indigenous relational practices for his cultural families.
Jesse Morin is a practicing archaeologist and adjunct professor at SFU Archaeology and UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. He works for Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Takla Nation, and K’ómoks First Nation and is a specialist on stone tools and the Coast Salish region. Jesse has worked for K’ómoks since 2014 on a variety of ethnohistoric and archaeological research projects and is currently helping KFN with repatriation and management of cultural heritage resources.
The Tribes of the Pentlatch Territory
Looking at the history of the territory beginning with the Pentlatch, E’iksan and K’ómoks Peoples, this presentation will provide an historical overview, the cultural landscape, and a contemporary profile of the three cultural groups, offering a greater understanding of the diversity and the complexity of the cultures that we live with today.
Cultural Topography of Traditional Indigenous Land Use
at Pentlatch (the Comox Valley)
This presentation will highlight and discuss traditional cultural uses of various locations of the Comox Valley. Use of specific places by ancestral peoples will be discussed to illustrate a range of traditional K’ómoks/Pentlatch cultural practices, from subsistence to ritual. The goal of this presentation is to leave attendees with a greater appreciation of the cultural significance of various locations in the Comox Valley.