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Yeyumnuts Commemoration Ceremony
August 7, 2018
The Ye'yumnuts Commemoration Ceremony was held on Wednesday, July 11 and included an on-site sign unveiling. Ye'yumnuts is a sacred ancestral place of the Cowichan people and is located between York Road and Trillium Way.
The Ye'yumnuts project was initiated by Cowichan Tribes to give youth, teachers, and other residents of the Cowichan Valley a special opportunity to learn about the history and importance of this place. Since colonization of the Cowichan Valley in the later 19th century, the area was a pasture populated by wandering cows on the Kingston Farm. In 1992, archaeological remains revealed that the property was a village site dating back thousands of years and then later a burial ground. The Somenos Garry Oak Protected Area was established close by, and the property around the site itself has been purchased and set aside to be co-managed by the Province of British Columbia and Cowichan Tribes as an important cultural place. Various partners have come together to ensure preservation of the site, including Cowichan Tribes, the Canada 150 program, School District 79, Cowichan Valley Regional District, UVIC Anthropology Department, UBC Landscape Architecture, and North Cowichan.
Two elementary schools and a middle school are within walking distance of the village site and the Cowichan Valley School District has plans for field trips and projects with the elders of the Cowichan Tribes to bring a sense of time, place and reality to Indigenous relations classes that are now part of the school curriculum.
A web-site has been now launched and provides history on the site. https://sites.google.com/view/commemorating-yeyumnuts/home