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Low Tides Bring Traditional Learning

June 21, 2018
By: 
Audrey Dallimore
Fulford Harbour, Salt Spring Island

We are experiencing the lowest low tides of the year during the daylight this week, and once again RRU researchers, undergraduate and graduate students are in the Southern Gulf Islands assisting Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (GINPR) scientists with their five-year clam garden restoration project.

Clam Gardens, Fulford HarbourDuring this project, GINPR is working with the local W̱SÁNEĆ Nation and the Hul'q'umi'num' Treaty Group elders and youth, and RRU students and researchers from other universities to restore and study ancient clam garden features in the inter-tidal zone that are thousands of years old. Clam gardens represent a deep environmental understanding through Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) that teaches how to create sustainable clam habitat, which in some places didn't even exist naturally.

Check out all things clam gardens at the Clam Garden Network, and view a fun video of culture camp days with the whole collaborating group.

Enjoy the low tides!