Frequently Asked Questions on food fish program

Traditionally Huu-ay-ahts grew up on a seafood-rich diet. Although many citizens now live away from their traditional territory, it is still an important part of their culture. 

Huu-ay-aht First Nations is committed to supplying its citizens with fish when it is in season. 

The amount that Huu-ay-aht citizens currently receive is dependent on the amount of budget that can be allocated to catching food fish each year. It also depends on the number of citizens we have to distribute to each season.

In the past, food fish was distributed only locally in Anacla, and then eventually it was expanded to Port Alberni. Over the years, the program has grown to try to reach as many citizens as possible.

We can guess that some of the other Nuu-chah-nulth Nations that provide more fish have more budget per person

We also aim to treat everyone equally, and handing out pre-portioned fish makes it clear that each person gets the same amount.

In our most recent food fish survey the preference for pre-processed versus whole fish was nearly 50-50. That is, for each person who would prefer whole fish, there is another who appreciates having it done for them.

If you have any questions or comments about the food fish program, please call Coraleah Johnson at 250-723-0100.

For a complete list of rules for distribution day, click on this link: Distribution Process and Rules 2015

Here are some frequently asked questions that might help you:

  1. Can someone pick up my fish for me? Can I pick up someone’s fish for them?
  1. I recently moved to a different city can I pick up my fish where I currently live?
  1. How come we don’t receive whole fish?
  1. Why are we allotted (X) amount of fish and (X) amount of poundage? This isn’t enough to feed me all year.
  1. Why are we notified on such short notice that food fish will be coming?
  1. How do you pick which location receives their fish first?
  1. When is the next distribution in my town?
  1. Do I have to bring something to put my fish in?