Bamfield Main Road Detour Update

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The detour route has changed. Please continue to use the detour marked from 36 km – 49 km.

All traffic, both industrial and public, will be required to use the detour. Drivers should slow down and be prepared for industrial traffic throughout the detour area. 

Drivers can expect single-lane traffic and delays at approximately three locations between Port Alberni and Bamfield, each with a minimum of 15 minutes delay. Both traffic control persons at stops and/or automated flagging devices with pilot cars will be utilized. 

All  travellers are required to use the detour, and those who attempt to bypass the detour will be turned back.  

Please slow down and expect additional delays due to the changing weather conditions. Winter driving conditions should be expected, and all public drivers should check weather conditions before travelling and be prepared. Please avoid driving during extreme weather conditions.  

Speed should not exceed 60 km per hour, and drivers are required to slow down when construction equipment, flaggers, and crews are on the road. The RCMP will be monitoring for safe driving throughout the project and detour.  

Crews will continue to work on ditching, culvert replacement,  and beam barriers. 

Huu-ay-aht Citizens will receive $300 distribution

Elders will receive direct deposit on Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Citizens will receive direct deposit Thursday, December 15, 2022
Cheques will be mailed out Thursday, December 15, 2022

To ensure you receive your distribution on time, if you wish to have it direct deposited, please get your direct deposit form in as soon as possible. Also, make sure your current mailing address is up to date.

If you do not already have your direct deposit set up with the Nation, the deadline for direct deposit application is: Wednesday, December 14,2022

If your address is not up to date, please update it by Wednesday, December 14, 2022.

How to update your address?

  • Fill out form here:
  • Call the Port Alberni Government Office at 250-723-0100 and speak with Jordan, records clerk (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Visit one of the Huu-ay-aht Government Offices (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

How to set up direct deposit?

  • Visit one of the Huu-ay-aht Government Offices to get form (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

If your address is up to date you do not need to fill out a form again.
If you have direct deposit set up with the Nation, you do not need to submit again.

Please Note:

  • Distribution for minors will be deposited in to trust fund account
  • Under the Distribution Administration Policy, any citizen owing to the Nation, their distribution will go towards the owing until paid off.
  • Cheques will not be available for pick up at any of the government offices. They will be direct deposit or by mail

Huu-ay-aht wants to hear from citizens by taking part in the Hišuk ma c̕awak Integrated Resource Management Plan (HIRMP) Survey

Huu-ay-aht people have managed and protected the lands since time immemorial. The impacts of colonization have led to outside influences taking over that role. Huu-ay-aht has made considerable steps to regain the right and privilege of management of the lands through treaty, acquiring crown tenures, and now partnerships with major tenure holders (C̕awak ʔqin Forestry).

The Hišuk ma c̕awak Integrated Resource Management Plan (HIRMP) is a Huu-ay-aht led initiative in partnership with C̕awak ʔqin Forestry and Mosaic Forestry Operations to create a new system of land and resource management that takes a look at the entire ḥahuułi (traditional territory) instead of the western approach of addressing land management by tenure.

Huu-ay-aht is most concerned with managing the lands in a sustainable way for the next 7 generations and in accordance with our sacred principles of ʔiisaak (respect), ʔuuʔałuk (taking care of) and Hišuk ma c̕awak (everything is one). With this in mind Huu-ay-aht is looking for citizen feedback – this survey provides information about the current state of affairs and what work is being done related to the various values, and to solicit citizen input to identify priorities & focus areas for the HIRMP.

The questions contained in this survey have been designed to inform the Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ Government about citizens’ priorities and concerns around the management of the lands. Community feedback will be used to adjust how various areas are being managed moving forward.

The videos and survey have been designed so you can watch and answer the questions for one, a few or all of the topics. Feel free to review and provide feedback at once or over a few sittings. The survey will run for two months and citizens should expect an update of resource management by Spring 2023.

** All of your answers are strictly confidential. Your name and email are for verification purposes only and will not be used or shared for external purposes.**

View survey here: HIRMP survey

For more details about HIRMP, please visit the HIRMP page here: HIRMP Page

Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Province partner to create Oomiiqsu Mother Centre

From left to right: Ed Ross (Tseshaht Council Member), Josie Osborne (Minster of Land, Water, and Resource Stewardship and MLA for Mid-Island-Pacific Rim), Edward R. Johnson (Huu-ay-aht Council Member), Brandy Lauder (Hupačasatḥ Chief Councillor), Murray Rankin (Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Attorney General and Minister of Housing), Gord Johns (MP Courtenay—Alberni).

PORT ALBERNI – Huu-ay-aht First Nations and B.C. are celebrating the creation of the Oomiiqsu (Aboriginal Mother Centre), a new housing, support and child care centre that will help Indigenous women and children on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

“Huu-ay-aht has turned over many stones to reach this point of having a mother centre,” said Edward R. Johnson, Huu-ay-aht Councillor. “Through the voices of our citizens in the Social Services Report, it is apparent that Oomiiqsu is going to create a positive impact to Huu-ay-aht families and children in preventing the traumas that many families have had to face. Oomiiqsu is going to be a place to bring children home, where mothers and children will feel safe, healthy and connected, and they will be able to look back and tell many wonderful stories.”

As part of Huu-ay-aht Social Services Project formed in 2017, 30 recommendations were created in the report “Safe, Healthy and Connected: Bringing Huu-ay-aht Children Home.” Oomiiqsu is a response to recommendation 26.

Oomiiqsu, meaning mother, is an Indigenous-led model of care developed by Huu-ay-aht in consultation with its members. The two-storey transition housing, child care and support centre will be managed and operated by the Huu-ay-aht government’s Child and Family Wellness Department. The centre will provide a safe and culturally appropriate home for as many as 48 mothers and children leaving violence or abuse, facing mental-health and addictions challenges, poverty or other trauma.

“This partnership between the Province and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations will make an important difference on the west coast of Vancouver Island, where many communities are remote and provide few options for mothers and their children in need,” said Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and Minister Responsible for Housing. “At Oomiiqsu, they will find stability, security and access to support in a way that works specifically for the Nuu-chah-nulth people. I commend the leadership and staff of Huu-ay-aht First Nations for creating this innovative opportunity to work together on these much-needed new transition homes.”

The centre will have private bedrooms and washrooms; shared living, kitchen and dining spaces; and laundry facilities. Residents will have access to on-site child care that will include eight spaces for children as old as three and 16 spaces for children 30 months to school age. The Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ Child and Family Wellness Department will have office space on the first floor of the building.

Huu-ay-aht will operate the building, providing support services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to Indigenous mothers experiencing violence. Wraparound supports provided by the Province will give families the best chance of staying together and will help address systemic factors leading to the disproportionate number of Indigenous children in care.

The project is made possible thanks to a partnership between the Huu-ay-aht and the B.C. Government. The Province is investing as much as $5 million for Huu-ay-aht First Nations to cover initial operating costs for the Oomiiqsu Mother’s Centre. BC Housing is investing approximately $10 million through the Building BC: Women’s Transition Housing Fund and will provide $88,000 in annual operating funding. The Ministry of Education and Child Care is providing nearly $800,000 for child care spaces.

By honouring First Nations culture and focusing on reviving familial, community and cultural connections, this new model of care is an essential part of reconciliation. The centre will open for women and children in summer 2024.


Josie Osborne, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim –
“Oomiiqsu is a unique, Indigenous-led approach to family services that will make Huu-ay-aht and other communities along the west coast of Vancouver Island stronger and healthier. The centre is an opportunity to support Huu-ay-aht’s vision to advance child welfare matters and support resilient families and children.”

Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care –
“Oomiiqsu will provide Indigenous-led child care and wraparound supports and services that focus on healing and strengthening families. For many vulnerable families and those dealing with various trauma – notably mothers – being able to access culturally appropriate child care in a safe space is the peace of mind needed to continue on their healing journeys, and Oomiiqsu offers this holistic approach.”

Quick Facts:

• Oomiiqsu is modelled after the Vancouver Aboriginal Mother’s Centre, which was established in 2002 in Vancouver’s east end.
• Huu-ay-aht First Nations is an Indigenous community located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It is a part of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, formerly called the Nootka.
• Huu-ay-aht is a party to the Maa-nulth Final Agreement, a modern treaty that grants its five member Nations constitutionally protected self-government, as well as ownership, control and law-making authority over their lands and resources.
• As with all projects for women and children leaving violence, the address of this project has not been disclosed for safety reasons.

Learn More:
Huu-ay-aht First Nations:
Huu-ay-aht Social Services project video:
Huu-ay-aht Social Services project report: content/uploads/2017/08/hfn-social-services-panel-recommendations_final.pdf

Amanda-Lee Cunningham, Communications Manager
Huu-ay-aht First Nations 250-720-7776

Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Media Relations 236-478-0966

Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing

Media Relations 236-478-0251

Connect with the Province of B.C. at:

View official press release here: Click here

Three bedroom housing unit is available for November 1, 2022

Huu-ay-aht First Nations has a three-bedroom subsidized rental unit available in upper Anacla. The rent will be as per part 2 section 16 of the Rental Housing Regulation.

Deadline to apply: October 31, 2022
Date the unit is available: November 1, 2022

Application for housing

An eligible individual may apply for subsidized housing by filling out the housing application (available online or at the Anacla Government Office) and returning it by emailing it to or dropping off at Anacla Government Office.               

*An existing applicant can confirm their existing application on file, which can be used. Please ensure all information is still current.