Notice of Bamfield Road construction work

The Anacla Community Wastewater Treatment System will provide wastewater treatment and disposal for the growing Anacla Community, as well as the Bamfield Marine Science Centre (BMSC). Future phases could allow for expansion to service the Village of Bamfield.
Dosing Chamber and Air Valve Installation on Bamfield Road work is going to temporarily close the Bamfield Road.
The Contractor will be working along the shoulder of Bamfield Road between South Bamfield Road and Hull Road. Temporary lane closures will be required for the safety of public and work crews. These closures will take place Weekdays and Weekends from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (will vary depending on weather).
Every effort will be made to keep local disruptions to a minimum. Construction signs will be posted, and flag persons will be on duty to assist with the traffic flow as required. Please exercise caution, obey all signage placed for your safety, and follow the directions of the flag persons on duty.
Construction along Bamfield Road is scheduled to be completed between July 28 – August 30, 2021.

For full details, including a map, please follow this link.

Chief Councillor shares his hope in letter to citizens as B.C. enters Step 3 of its Restart

Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis is starting to feel a bit of relief and optimism in the air that has been missing for a year. Numbers are dropping and vaccination rates are climbing. He sees that as a positive sign. We are finally almost out of the woods.

The Province of B.C. announced that, as of July 1, 2021, they would lift the State of Emergency in our province. This ends the longest State of Emergency in British Columbia’s history. This is a great step and shows we are heading in the right direction.

For a complete copy of the Chief Councillor’s letter to citizens, go to this link.

Statement from Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. on behalf of Huu-ay-aht First Nations

Huu-ay-aht First Nations is disappointed that the Ancient Forest Alliance released a report today calling for the immediate end to all old- growth logging without taking into consideration the constitutional rights and title of First Nations or their social, cultural, and economic needs.

Click on the link for the Full Statement from Huu-ay-aht First Nations

Link to the Hišuk ma c̕awak Declaration
Link to the Ancient Forest Alliance Report Release

Pacheedaht, Ditidaht, and Huu-ay-aht celebrate relationship on National Indigenous People’s Day

On June 21, 2021, Pacheedaht, Ditidaht, and Huu-ay-aht First Nations gathered to celebrate their shared culture. It was an opportunity demonstrate the strength of the relationship the three nations outlined when they signed the Hišuk ma c̕awak Declaration earlier this month.

Pacheedaht Chief Councillor Jeff Jones welcomed everyone to the territory, “Thank you for travelling here today to celebrate in unity. Our three nations have signed a declaration recently, saying we are taking over our authority of our territory and that the three nations will be deciding by themselves how the resources of our territories will be managed. That was a historical moment, and it’s a great pleasure that we now stand together as one moving forward.”

The event included an official recognition of their Hereditary Chief Frank Queesto Jones by Huu-ay-aht Tayii Ḥaw̓ił ƛiišin (Derek Peters). Wišqii spoke on behalf of ƛiišin, thanking Queesto for welcoming his Nation to their territory and recognizing the significance of having both hereditary chiefs present on Monday.

Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. spoke passionately about the need to move forward from the mistakes of the past and with the Nations deciding the path.

“This territory belongs to Queesto. The reconciliation I would like to see is that Queesto and his people decide how their lands are managed,” Chief Councillor Dennis explained. “That to me is about the best apology I can ever get – the most complete reconciliation I can see is being able to live the way our forefathers lived.”

He said by joining with Pacheedaht on National Indigenous People’s Day in a traditional cultural way it shows how strong First Nations people are when they work together. It also sends a message to people that decisions made on their ḥahahuułi are to be respected and followed.

Huu-ay-aht brought with them singers, drummers, and dancers. Pacheedaht is in the process of building the language and cultural knowledge within their nation. Pacheedaht Chief Jones thanked Huu-ay-aht for sharing so much with them.

Huu-ay-aht surprised the members and leaders of Pacheedaht at the end of the day by presenting them with a spirit pole, carved by Huu-ay-aht Master Carver Ed Johnson. Speaking for his tayii, Wišqii explained that only a master carver can release the spirits from the cedar. He said, the pole that was gifted to Queesto and his nation starts at the top with a thunderbird, representing the ḥaw̓ił that is above us, the whale is the chief under sea, the bear represents the land ḥaw̓ił. At the bottom is the transformer that represents the spirit – making it a true spirit pole.

Wišqii said the gift is to Pacheedaht and their Hereditary leader, Queesto, from all Huu-ay-aht people and particularly the ḥaw̓iiḥ as it represents their territory. 

“Our nations are rich in resources, and this is one example of how wealthy our forests are. Cedar means so much more to us in this form than it does in its cubic metre value,” Wišqii said. “We wanted to gift the spirit of the cedar to all of the community here on behalf of Huu-ay-aht First Nations.” 

As visitors to the territory, Huu-ay-aht also gifted a paddle to Chief Jones as a sign of respect and appreciation, and ƛiišin and Wišqii gave Pacheedaht permission to use Huu-ay-aht’s paddle song.

“Today we enjoyed a lot of great sharing of culture and speaking of wise words,” Chief Councillor Jones said on behalf of Pacheedaht Heriditary Chief Frank Queesto Jones. “We are very honoured to accept the spiritual pole from the Huu-ay-aht First Nation Hereditary Chief. We will place the pole in a dedicated space of honour to serve as a permanent reminder of the connection between our Nations. On behalf of all Queesto family, ƛ̓eekoo ƛ̓eekoo.”

Ditidaht, Pacheedaht, Huu-ay-aht receive apology from IFC for actions of employees

On Friday, June 4, 2021, Island Forest Company Inc. made an apology to the Hereditary and Elected Chiefs of Ditidaht, Pacheedaht, and Huu-ay-aht First Nations. The apology took place on Ditidaht Territory, at the dryland sort.

The apology came in response to the incident that occurred between IFC workers and protesters on TFL 44, located in Ditidaht territory last month.

Ditidaht singers and dancers did a cultural opening, then Ditidaht Elected Chief introduced Shawn Nicholson from IFC. He thanked Shawn for coming and acknowledged that it takes strength and courage to acknowledge and take responsibility for the actions of another individual.

In his apology, Shawn he said he did not condone the actions of some of their employees. The racist statements and aggressive behavior displayed by the contractor’s employees toward protestors was inappropriate and unacceptable. Shawn said if he could take it back, he would, but this was a chance to make it right.

The personal apology was acknowledged and accepted by all three Nations, with each elected chief offering words of thanks and appreciation on behalf of their hereditary leaders.

For the complete apology, please watch the video.