On April 8, 2014, at the HFN Government Offices in Port Alberni, a Service Delivery Protocol Agreement was signed between Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Usma Nuu-chah-culth Family & Child Services.
There has been a need and a desire from both parties to strengthen the relationship between HFN and Usma regarding actions required to ensure the protection of children in both the Anacla and Port Alberni communities.
As a delegated authority, Usma must adhere to specific child protection laws, regulations, policies and standards as outlined in the Child and Family Community Service Act and uphold the Aboriginal Operational and Practice Standard and Indicators (AOPSI).
This protocol represents an agreement between the Huu-ay-aht First Nations (HFN) and Usma to work together with the common objective to keep the Nations’ children, youth, and families safe, supported, and healthy.
You can read the full protocol agreement HERE.
PICTURED (left to right): HFN Chief Councillor Jeff Cook, NTC President Deborah Foxcroft, and the Director of Child & Family Services at Usma, Jeff Kizuk sign the agreement. They are surrounded by Usma staff, HFN Executive Director James Edwards, HFN Director of Community Services Kathy Waddell, HFN Culture & Education Program Manager Coral Johnson, and HFN elected councillors Jack Cook, Charlie Clappis, John Jack, and Tom Happynook.