Angela Wesley named Treaty Commissioner

Congratulations to Angela Wesley on her appointment to the BC Treaty Commission.

Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, has issued the following statement to mark B.C.’s appointment of a new commissioner with the BC Treaty Commission:

“The Province of British Columbia congratulates Angela Wesley on her two-year appointment as provincial commissioner with the BC Treaty Commission.

“Angela brings tremendous experience and knowledge to the commission. She played a key role in negotiating the Maa-nulth Treaty on behalf of Huu-ay-aht First Nations and continues to work on the treaty implementation team with B.C. and Canada, as well as serving as Speaker in the Huu-ay-aht Legislature.

“Angela’s expertise and insight will provide valuable guidance for ongoing treaty negotiations throughout B.C., as we work with federal and First Nations partners to transform modern treaty-making to better support Indigenous self-determination and the recognition of inherent title and rights.

“I also want to recognize retiring treaty commissioner Tom Happynook, of Huu-ay-aht First Nations, for his dedication and energy in helping advance many negotiations over the past four years.

“A number of challenging negotiations have benefited thanks to Tom’s guidance and experience from leading the negotiations and implementation of the Maa-nulth Treaty.

“On behalf of the Province, I extend my deepest gratitude to both Angela and Tom for their roles in advancing meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in British Columbia, as part of the commission.”

Huu-ay-aht announces citizen distribution

Huu-ay-aht First Nations Executive Council wishes to notify citizens that it will be using $250,000 from the 2017 Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses dividend for a distribution to Citizens.

Each citizen will receive a dividend of $300 from the Nation. As per the distribution administration policy, dividend shares of a minor (under the age of 19) must be placed in trust. As with dividends in the past, parents or guardians can apply to receive the money for their minor dependents. These applications can be made beginning in January 2019. The application can be found online at: Distribution application.

All citizens who are not minors can pick up their cheques between December 12 and 14. Anacla residents can pick up their cheques at the Anacla Government Office. All other citizens can pick them up at the Port Alberni Government Office. Any remaining cheques that were not picked up will be mailed out at 4 p.m. on December 14.

If you have any questions, please call the office at 250-723-0100 for more information.

Huu-ay-aht returns to Specific Claims Tribunal

Huu-ay-aht First Nations and legal counsel from Ratcliff & Company were presenting a Huu-ay-aht claim against Canada before the Specific Claims Tribunal last week in Vancouver.

The claim is connected to the timber claim that Huu-ay-aht won in 2016, but addresses the logging roads on and timber hauled through former Numukamis IR1 between the late 1940s and early 1980s.

Chief Councillor Robert Dennis (Emchaiik) and Hereditary Chief Jeff Cook (Yał luu?a) were witnesses at the hearing to provide information on their recollections of the Mainline Road and its impacts, forestry activity, and practices in the Sarita Valley. They also shared their perspectives on whether Canada upheld its obligations to the Nation in respect of the agreements reached for MacMillan Bloedel’s use of the logging roads on Huu-ay-aht’s reserve.


Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood wins BC Indigenous Business Award

Awardees of the tenth annual BC Indigenous Business Awards were announced Monday night (October 15) by the BC Achievement Foundation, the program’s presenting organization. This year the Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood LP won in the category of Indigenous Business – Business Partnership of the Year.

The awards were handed out at a gala dinner ceremony on October 15, 2018 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. A delegate from Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood and Huu-ay-aht First Nations attended the event.

The BC Indigenous Business Awards were launched in 2008 to honour and celebrate business excellence. A total of 16 Indigenous businesses, entrepreneurs, partnership entities, and community-owned enterprises will be recognized at this year’s gala dinner.

The BC Indigenous Business Awards are:

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Skywest Environmental Inc.
Williams Lake

Outstanding Business Achievement

  • Van – Isle Auto Brokers, VictoriaBusiness of the Year – one-to-two person enterprise
    Ay Lelum-The Good House of Design
    NanaimoOutstanding Business Achievement
  • Second Pass Forestry Ltd. , KamloopsBusiness of the Year – three-to-10 person enterprise
    Reciprocal Consulting
    West VancouverOutstanding Business Achievement
  • Haida Style Expeditions, Skidegate
  • Kootenay Waste Services Ltd., NelsonBusiness of the Year – 11+ more person enterprise
    Mussell Crane Manufacturing
    ChilliwackOutstanding Business Achievement
  • Kikinaw Energy Services Ltd., Fort St. JohnCommunity-Owned Business of the Year – one entity
    Yucwmenlúcwu (Caretakers of the Land) LLP
    EnderbyOutstanding Business Achievement
  • Painted Rock Aggregates & Contracting LLP , Savona
  • Quilakwa Investments , EnderbyCommunity-Owned Business of the Year – two or more entities
    Kanaka Bar Land and Resource LP
    LyttonBusiness Partnership of the Year
    Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Limited Partnership
    Port AlberniOutstanding Business Achievement
  • Cariboo Aboriginal Forestry Enterprises Ltd., Williams LakeIndividual Achievement Award
    Chief Gordon Planes – Hya-Quatcha

(Photograph Courtesy of Munro Thompson  Communications Inc – Brandon Thompson)

Kwispaa LNG reaches major milestone with filing of the project description with provincial and federal regulators

Kwispaa LNG has entered the next phase of project development with the submission of the Project Description to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The Project Description provides a comprehensive overview of Kwispaa LNG and represents the culmination of several years of engagement and planning, the results of which have been integrated into ongoing environmental studies and engineering work.

Unique among Canadian LNG projects, Kwispaa LNG is being developed through a co-management relationship between Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations. As part of this collaborative approach, the Kwispaa LNG team has been undertaking joint environmental studies and engagement with First Nations and local communities.

“From the beginning, we have believed in developing LNG projects in Canada that emphasize relationships with First Nations and respect their role as stewards of the environment,” said Steelhead LNG CEO Nigel Kuzemko. “The Project Description that we have submitted to regulators reflects our shared commitment with Huu-ay-aht First Nations to provide Canadian natural gas to global markets in a way that generates long-lasting benefits to First Nations, local communities, British Columbia, and Canada.”

“We are incredibly proud of the special co-management relationship that we have formed for Kwispaa LNG,” said Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. “We look forward to continuing to work together with Steelhead throughout the environmental assessment process to ensure that this project achieves world-leading outcomes for the environment and our people for generations to come.”

“We at Huu-ay-aht believe Kwispaa LNG represents a new model for economic success on significant projects in Canada,” said Huu-ay-aht Councillor and Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Chairperson John Jack. “This project will create meaningful revenues, jobs, and business opportunities for Huu-ay-aht Citizens and our neighbouring communities, as well as generate ongoing tax revenue at a local, provincial, and federal level.”

The filing of the Project Description with the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will allow them to work with Kwispaa LNG to establish the scope of the environmental assessment of the project.  Extensive First Nations and community engagement to date by Kwispaa LNG has already identified areas of particular interest, such as marine shipping, which will be a focus of environmental studies.

Throughout the environmental assessment process, there will be multiple opportunities for public participation and input. The Kwispaa LNG team will also continue to engage with First Nations, communities, and stakeholders regarding the project, and welcomes feedback and comments.

This important project milestone follows other key milestones achieved by the Kwispaa LNG team, including: a Huu-ay-aht citizen referendum strongly supporting the project and execution of project-life agreements between Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations in 2017; the shortlisting of three global EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractors and launch of a contract tendering process for Kwispaa LNG’s At-Shore LNGTM production units and onshore facilities in August 2018;  and the successful completion of an innovative contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries for the design and construction of Kwispaa LNG’s At-Shore LNGTM production unit hulls in September 2018.