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Each year the Comox Valley Chapter presents the Community Action Award to a person or group in the Valley. This year we will be presenting the award at our AGM on November 23.
We would like to receive your nomination for this award. Include a short paragraph that gives:
- the length of time the group or individual has been active
- the Canadian values that have been demonstrated
- the progressive action in the community
Send your nomination by November 10 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Past recipients of the Community Action Award are:
2007 – Valley Greens
2008 –Citizens for Quality Health Care
2009 – Food Not Bombs
2010 – Coal Watch
2011 – Water Watch
2012 – CV Seed Savers
2013 – Dawn to Dawn
2014 – Gwyn Frayne
2015 – Walking with Our Sisters K’ómoks
2016 – Janet Fairbanks and Wayne Bradley
The Comox Valley chapter of the Council of Canadians had the special honour of awarding its annual Community Action Award to lead organizers of Walking With Our Sisters K’ómoks. Anne Davis, Ramona Johnson and Lee Everson received the award at the chapter’s annual potluck holiday dinner on Dec. 17 in recognition of “creative vision and leadership which has expanded and unified our community.”
The Walking With Our Sisters events, held in July and August on the traditional territory of the K’omoks First Nation, included a traditional welcome attended by all other nations, ceremonies and a commemorative art installation at the I-Hos Gallery that honoured and brought awareness to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Thanks to the dedication of families and volunteers across Canada through events like WWOS, the federal government recently announced it will launch a long-awaited national public inquiry.
The Council of Canadians has had the privilege of collaborating with many First Nations groups on environmental and social justice issues. The local manifestation of this important bridge-building between First Nations and non-native people in our community was present throughout the months leading up to Walking With Our Sisters, and it continues.
“The importance of our ongoing relationship as we work for climate and social justice cannot be underestimated,” says Linda Safford, Comox Valley Council of Canadians chapter member. “Respecting the inherent rights and title of the original caretakers of this land is the first principle mentioned in the LEAP manifesto,” a national call to action supported by many organizations including the Council of Canadians.
Organizing WWOS K’ómoks took three years. The memorial exhibit drew 4,431 visitors in addition to the many people who attended other events. “The enormous effort to bring the exhibit, to host so many welcoming events where First Nations traditions were shared, and to include over three hundred volunteers has forever changed those who were fortunate enough to be present,” says Safford. “We are very grateful.”
Walking With Our Sisters K’ómoks was nominated for the Community Action Award by Wayne Bradley and Janet Fairbanks of World Community, and Sally Gellard.
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