Huu-ay-aht Announces Aid Package for Citizens

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a lot of unrest across Canada, and Huu-ay-aht First Nations wants to ensure citizens are supported during this difficult time.

Huu-ay-aht is offering financial aid in the amount of $500 to each citizen. The intention of this funding is to help citizens and their families ride the wave of uncertainty that is coming in the wake of COVID-19.

“Our ḥaw̓iiḥ leaders want you to know we take this very seriously, and we ask you to as well and please exercise and practise social distancing,” said Tayii Ḥaw̓ił ƛiišin Derek Peters. “We also want to reassure our Huu-ay-aht family that we are working hard, with all the proper professional supports internally and externally, so that we can serve our citizens accordingly. We rely on your direction as well, so we are all working together.”

The intent is to provide citizens with this assistance as quickly as possible. This $500 aid will be provided individually to each citizen over the age of majority, and adult care providers will also receive additional funds based on the number of minor citizens in their households.

Huu-ay-aht can offer this assistance because of the support the Federal Government has offered First Nations Communities along with Huu-ay-aht contingency funds. The Nation will continue to access all funding sources including, but not limited to, First Nations Health Authority and B.C. Emergency Management and any additional Federal funds that become available.

Direct Deposit

Please provide us with your banking information for direct deposit by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. This can be done by filling out the direct deposit form at and email them to  Direct deposit applications received after this deadline will be used for future disbursement of funds to you from the Nation. If you already have direct deposit set up, you will receive your funding this way.

Mailing Addresses

Please ensure your addresses are up to date by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020 if you wish to receive these funds by cheque through Canada Post. Cheques will be mailed early the week of March 30. You can change your mailing address by emailing or calling 250-723-0100. There is also a link on the website that allows you to change it online:

No cheque pick up

Because of the threat COVID-19 poses, cheque pick up will not be available this time.

Dependent Children To ensure that dependent children’s benefit is managed correctly, please call Shannon Zimmerman at 250-720-5797 or by email Parents may choose to have their children’s benefit added to their Huu-ay-aht Trust Fund.

Click here to see complete policy Policy Guidelines for the Provision of Emergency Financial Aid During the COVID-19 Crisis
Direct Deposit Form
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