The Salmon River became the K’ómoks IR#4. 


Chief Andy Frank organized a traditional ceremony to raise two totem poles at Lewis Park. The poles were arranged for by the Royal BC Museum, and carved by Mungo Martin, David Martin, and Henry Hunt. The Courtenay Board of Trade had previously acquired 2 poles believed to be carved by Chief Joe Wallace, but the poles became badly decayed before he could raise them. Rather than replicate the Wallace poles, Mungo created his own version of the same figures. Ancient songs and dances were performed, and many high-ranking First Nations people attended in ceremonial regalia.


The K'ómoks bighouse is constructed (only the second built on the coast since the early times), it was originally located at Centennial Park.


Until 1960, the only way a First Nations person could vote was to give up their status. In 1960 the federal government extended the vote to include all status Indians, thereby dropping the need to give up their status. 


The K’ómoks Band Council approves and begins the construction of an outdoor community swimming pool. The pool was an important part of many KFN members’ childhood memories. It brought the community together for many years.


Chief Norman Frank moves the bighouse (Kumugwe) to K'ómoks IR#1, to honor the late Chief Andy Frank’s wish to see it on reserve land.


Bill C-31, An Act to amend the Indian Act 1985 passes. Ending discrimination against Indian women who married non-Indians. It results in the addition of many new members to BC Indian bands.


1986/87 Due to high maintenance costs, and safety concerns, the K'ómoks community pool is closed.


1987/88 Following the amendment to the Indian Act, there was an increase in band membership, creating a need to expand housing on reserve. A new housing subdivision began on the IR#1.


A memorial pole for Andy Frank was raised outside of Bighouse (Kumugwe) by Norman Frank


McIvor v. Canada - "The Court ruling stems from a civil law suit that Sharon McIvor launched in October 1989, in her bid to acquire the ability to transmit Indian status to her grandchildren. Ms. McIvor claimed that section 6 of the Indian Act was discriminatory in that it treated the descendants of Indian women who married non-Indian men differently from the descendants of Indian men who married non-Indian women." Source


A K'ómoks administration office is built.


The I-Hos Canoe is carved out by Calvin Hunt, Mervyn Child, and others.


K'ómoks pursues their first Tribal Journey to the Commonwealth Games, in Victoria BC.




K’òmoks First Nation Unceded Traditional Territory Acknowledgement

 In the spirit of reconciliation, it is encouraged and appreciated that our local organizations show acknowledgement of the K’òmoks First Nation unceded Traditional Territory at their public and internal gatherings when appropriate.

 Here is the acknowledgement we recommend:

[Our organization] respectfully acknowledges that we are standing on the Unceded traditional territory of the K’òmoks First Nation.

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tuwa akʷs χoχoɬ ʔa xʷ yiχmɛtɛt (ʔa) kʷʊms hɛhaw tʊms gɩǰɛ 
 "Care takers of the 'land of plenty' since time immemorial"
(Language: ʔay̓aǰuθəm (eye-uhh-juu-eth-em) Island Comox)