Child and Family Wellness hosts 2023 Baby Welcoming Ceremony

Huu-ay-aht First Nations Child and Family Wellness Team welcomed Huu-ay-aht babies on Friday, September 15, at the Lawn Bowling Club in Port Alberni, BC.

During the ceremony, families were gifted rattles, headbands, blankets made by ʔiič̓im (Elder) Barb Johnson, and baby books. Huu-ay-aht Culture Team, Cory Howard Sr. and Mel Edwards, and ḥaw̓ił Jeff Cook taught the families a cultural baby lullaby. 11 out of 15 families were in attendance.

The ceremony brought much laughter, cheer, and connection for all. Huu-ay-aht First Nations Child and Family Wellness Team would like to wish families and newborns many thanks for attending and sharing their new journeys with them and hope for ongoing connections in the future.

Bamfield Main Road Update – September 5, 2023

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September 4 to 9, 2023

Work Completed:

  • Kilometres 32 to 76 Chip Seal is completed
  • Sweeping of Chip Seal is completed between kilometres 36 to 46

Work to be done:

  • Grading and preparation between kilometres 29 to 20
  • Work continuing from kilometre 32 towards Port Alberni
  • Remaining Sweeping between kilometres 46 to 76 to be completed

Please Note: Single-lane alternating traffic with the guidance of a pilot vehicle will be used for the remainder of this project, kilometres 0 to 36 in zones as required, currently set up between kilometres 20 to 29.

Remember, following the posted speed limits is essential when driving on the new chip seal. The road surface will be dusty and slippery if sweeping is underway or has not been completed. Please avoid slow, sharp turns on the seal coat while it continues to set up. Please use four-wheel drive, as well, especially on the hills. These are necessary to ensure a safe work site and not cause damage to the road or vehicles. 

New Fitness Centre in Lower Anacla

Community members at the grand opening of Fitness Centre (Photo by Danielle Tramer).

On Tuesday, August 15, 2023, Huu-ay-aht First Nations and the community in the Bamfield/Anacla area gathered in Lower Anacla, at 90 Emchiss Way, for the grand opening of the new fitness centre.

Through a grant from the First Nations Health Authority, the Community Services, Child and Family Wellness, and Infrastructure Department collaborated on bringing the fitness Centre to what it is today.

Prior to becoming the new fitness centre, the building was once the Huu-ay-aht Band Office, and then utilized for storage space. Over time, the space sat vacant and got closer to being completely removed. The infrastructure department was able to restore the building and prepare it for the fitness centre.

The fitness centre is open to all community members in the Bamfield and Anacla areas.

Before attending the gym for the first time please review this Fitness Centre checklist, view here: checklist

Here you will find the liability forms for both Adults and Youth wanting to use the gym. These forms must be submitted to, once submitted you will be given a user code to the door to gain access to the gym.

Liability form, view here

Youth liability form, view here

(Photos by Danielle Tramer).

Bamfield Road Project Update – August 18, 2023.

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Starting Monday, August 21, there will be single-lane alternating traffic between kilometres 68 to 76.6, with expected wait times of 15 minutes or more. A pilot truck will be there to guide drivers through the construction zones.

Please be mindful and observe all posted speed limits and obey all control personnel and signs. Alternating traffic is only expected to occur for three to four days, depending on the weather.

The detour between kilometres 49 to 63 will still be in place during this time. Drivers must follow road signs and speed limits. If speed limits are not followed, it will damage the chip seal, your vehicle, or the vehicles around you.