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The Pentlatch are thought to be the first people to call the Comox Valley home. Their traditional territory stretched from Cape Lazo on the Comox Peninsula down the coast to Parksville in the south. Before his death in 1940, the last full-blooded Pentlatch, Chief Joe Nim Nim, claimed that the First Nations population of the Comox Valley was once 10,000.

When the K’ómoks, who occupied land to the north of the Pentlatch, were forced south to Cape Lazo by their northern neighbours, the two tribes co-existed in permanent and seasonal villages. (see HISTORY) K’ómoks means plentiful or wealthy and refers to the rich bounty of plants, game and seafood First Nations harvested from the land and sea. In the 1860s, when warfare and diseases brought by European explorers and settlers reduced the Pentlatch population to less than 20, they amalgamated with the K’ómoks.

The K’ómoks Band has always taken great pride in their cultural heritage and identity. Today they share their culture through songs, stories and dances in their Big House and the adjacent I-Hos Gallery is a showcase of First Nations art. The band has also launched various business enterprises including Pentlatch Seafoods Ltd., K’ómoks Forestry Company and the Puntledge RV Campground.

In recognition of First Nations traditional use of the Union Bay region,  Kensington Island Properties has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the K’ómoks Band. It states that band members will receive training and employment during construction of the development, as well as exploring opportunities for the band to establish a gift shop, interpretive centre and eco-tourism business.

In addition to working with the K’ómoks Band, we’ve engaged local consultants and advisors in planning the Union Bay development. As we move forward, we will endeavor to continue providing employment opportunities utilizing local labor and materials whenever possible.

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