Huu-ay-aht Executive Council hears Citizen Motions

Huu-ay-aht Executive Council held a special council meeting on February 28 to address the People’s Assembly Citizen Motions.

Council invited citizens to come to the meeting to share their comments or concerns. Approximately a dozen citizens attended, and four additional citizens offered feedback through Huu-ay-aht’s community outreach worker. Council heard from everyone before making the following decisions.

Motion Action
Trust Funds for Huu-ay-aht Children – the Huu-ay-aht government invest $5,000 in an interest-bearing trust for each child born to a citizen providing that the child is registered to Huu-ay-aht within a year of its birth, to be paid out with interest on the child’s 19th birthday, and this motion applies to children born since April 1, 2011.   Motion referred to the Finance Committee
Distribution to Minors – Executive Council amend the Distribution Policy so that teenagers are given immediate access to distributions that are less then $500, rather than having those funds placed in trust.   Motion referred to the Finance Committee and the Law and Policy Committee  
Government Member Remuneration and Expenses – Executive Council make public the remuneration paid to members of Executive Council and the Ḥaw̓iiḥ Council and the expenses paid by government for each Councillor.   This will be included in the next audit
Distribution for Citizens over 60 – Executive Council reinstate distributions to Huu-ay-aht citizens on their 60th Birthdays and provide $10,000 distributions to all citizens who have turned 60 since the distributions were stopped.   Motion referred to the Finance Committee
Amendments to the Huu-ay-aht Constitution – Executive Council directs the Huu-ay-aht administration to undertake a study of the Huu-ay-aht Constitution with the goal of finding ways to make the government structure more accountable and cost efficient through Constitutional amendments; and that Executive Council directs that the study referred to in the previous paragraph be informed by community engagement and questionnaires mailed out to citizens and that it be completed prior to the next election.   Motion referred to the Law and Policy Committee
Elder Firewood Policy – Executive Council create a policy regarding the provision of firewood to Elders (the “Elders Firewood Policy”); and the Elders Firewood Policy include a requirement that the firewood to be stacked and accessible to Elders and that, where needed, infrastructure be put in place to keep the wood dry. Referred to the Finance Committee

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