The K’ómoks First Nation is located in the Comox Valley on eastern Vancouver Island of British Columbia. With a current population of 300 members, the traditional territory of the K’ómoks extends 200 kilometres from the Salmon River in the north to the Englishman River in the south. This region contains several significant watersheds and is known by First Nations as the “land of plenty.” The marine environment is also of great importance and the Comox Estuary and Puntledge River have been a vital focal point for K’ómoks people since time immemorial.

The Comox Valley in the 21st century is highly urbanized and developed. Over-fishing, inappropriate forestry practices and environmental degradation are key concerns for the K’ómoks First Nation. Accordingly, a key feature of the K’ómoks Guardian Watchmen Program is public education. The K’ómoks First Nation is proactive in working with partners through the Guardian Watchman Program to protect the region’s natural resources from further degradation and to maintain and enhance the ecological health of the territory.

Through the Guardian Watchmen Program, K’ómoks First Nation is applying its traditional decision-making approach to protecting the lands and waters. Current activities of the Guardians include environmental monitoring and research, wildlife and traditional plant inventories, cultural protection and community outreach. Specific projects have included eel grass mapping, salmon hatchery work, butterfly research, medicinal plants inventory, cultural site monitoring, shellfish and crustacean sampling, and poaching patrols.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 15:15 Visitors hosted in the Nanwakolas First Nations’ territories by the Guardians are awed and inspired by seeing what’s happening out on the land and water. Between October 1 and 4 this year, a... more


Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 15:00 How understanding BC’s ancient coastal heritage sites better will help protect them for future generations to cherish. Imagine for a moment scenes like this: Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria—where many... more


Monday, September 17, 2018 - 10:45 For the twenty-six graduates of Vancouver Island University’s innovative and ground-breaking 2015—2018 First Nations Stewardship Technicians Training Program, the future is unlimited.  “What do you... more


Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 11:15 It’s not hard to do things the right way, says long-time K’òmoks Guardian Watchman Cory Frank. “Based on my experience,” says Cory, “the best thing to do if you have a project or something you want... more