Register now for the Nuu-chah-nulth Youth Gathering

The 2016 Nuu-chah-nulth Youth Gathering will be held in Nanaimo and will be hosted at the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre March 29-31.

They have special guests Duane Howard and Inez Jasper attanding this year.

Please register with Coral Johnson at the Port Alberni Government Office. You can reach her by phone 250-723-0100 or by email at 

Registration Form 

Poster Youth Gathering

Echo Centre is looking for artists to paint a mural

The Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley in collaboration with the City of Port Alberni is looking for artists to design original, permanent murals to be installed at Echo Aquatic Centre.

They are following the success of last year with a second series of murals of various sizes that will cover the walls of Echo Pool. The murals will be made out of aluminum composite panels and will be painted with a specific paint (no exceptions).

Project Objectives
This project will create distinctive pieces of art that will:

  • Increase the vibrancy and artistic richness of our community pool by making art part of the environment
  • Heighten public awareness and appreciation of the visual arts with the area
  • Stimulate the creation of new works of art and growth of the visual arts
  • Provide a visual intensity of public art that creates an exciting and unique sense of place
  • Enliven the space and create a distinct ambience
  • Improve the sense of community pride in Echo Aquatic Centre
  • Celebrate community spirit
  • Highlight the beauty of our west coast aquatics
  • Enhance and enrich the experience for all users
  • Encourage participation in aquatic and other physical activities
  • Engage the artistic community in a unified project
  • Increase the profile of artists and develop the opportunity to for the community to recognize their talent
  • Build connections between the visual arts community and recreational groups

Site Description
Wall at the west end of Echo Aquatic Centre, 4255 Wallace St, Port Alberni.  (See example of the Project-Phase 1 below.)


Project Details
Each artist will have choice of sizes of aluminum composite panels to choose from. Size options are 8’ x 4’, 4’ x 4’, and 8’ x 2’.Artists will be responsible for returning the supplies and finished piece upon completion by July 15, 2016.

The City of Port Alberni and the Community Arts Council will be responsible for hanging the work. This year’s theme will be Alberni Valley Aquatics – Healthy Living

Each artist will be supplied with the following materials at no cost to the artist:

  • Aluminum composite panel(s)
  • Acrylic paint (20 pre-selected colours will be available)

This project will not be a commissioned piece to the artist but rather a gift to the City of Port Alberni. The completed mural will become the property of the City of Port Alberni. Our group is committed to respecting the talents of our artists. We value the time and work needed to accomplish these murals and we are dedicated to making the project beneficial to both the artists and the community at large.

Appreciation for your participation will include:

  • An invitation to an exclusive “revealing” that will coincide with the re-opening of Echo Aquatic Centre after the annual maintenance shutdown in September 2016
  • A permanent plaque that will be displayed at the pool with the names of the artists. The plaque will honour their mural and acknowledge their contribution.
  • Media releases
  • Inclusion in the booklet highlighting the artists and the project. We are asking
  • artists to submit a short bio to accompany their artist statement.

Artist Eligibility
This opportunity is open to all artists residing in the Alberni Valley and the surrounding area

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form including full details of art work (attached)
  • The number and size of panels you will require (see Project Details for sizes)
  • Clear photos that are representative of your style of work
  • History of art background, if any
  • Your statement (30 – 50 words) detailing your inspiration for your work for this project

Selection Process

  • A selection panel of representatives from the Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley and the City of Port Alberni will review submissions
  • The selection panel will make a decision by mid-January 2016, and artists will be notified by January 23, 2016
  • The selection panel reserves the right to reject any or all of the proposals submitted
  • The City of Port Alberni and the Community Arts Council reserve the right to use images on the concept designs, written proposals, scale models and finished work for educational and promotional purposes

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance of proposal to site and thematic originality using “Alberni Valley Aquatics – Healthy Living” them and supplied colours
  • Artistic merit, imagination and innovation using theme and colours provided

Project Deadlines

Application Deadline – January 15, 2016

Announcement of finalists – January 23, 2016

Artist Orientation – February 6, 2016 (at Gyro Youth Centre  3245 7th Ave, Port Alberni) Completion of Project – July 15, 2016

Unveiling of Murals – September 12, 2016

For additional information contact:

Melissa at 250-724-3412 or email

Karen at 250-720-2509 or email


Come to our Community Engagement Sessions

UPDATE: Victoria’s Engagement Session has been changed to today, December 18, 2015. They will be held at the Uptown Community Room in the Uptown mall, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and the meeting to follow.

Our Executive Council has identified Economic Development as a top priority for the Nation.

First thing in the new year, we are holding Community Engagement Sessions in Anacla, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver.

This will be an opportunity to share with citizens the financial plan moving forward in the morning. They will also unveil the Nation’s Economic Development Report and Plan in the afternoon.

čuu kʷaač (Join us!)

January Community Engagement Sessions

Attend the B.C. Young Aboriginal Fishers Conference!

The Native Fishing Association (NFA) is pleased to invite you to attend the first annual BC Young Aboriginal Fishers to be held on January 26-28, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel, in Richmond, BC.

This conference is for active fishermen under 40/45 years old that are trying to build fishing careers and/or fishers that have experience on a vessel and are looking at becoming more involved in the industry. So, share this with your family and friends.

Conference Focus

The conference will bring together fishermen from around the province with the goal of creating a space to network with peers and share information about ways to build successful and diversified fishing operations to navigate today’s changing industry. The NFA would also like to receive input and guidance from you on how government programs are working and where we, as a community-based organization, can best put our resources to support you.


The Agenda is being developed based on feedback that the Native Fishing Association (NFA) received from interviews with some young fishermen. The conference will focus on the opinions and ideas of early-career fishermen like yourself through panel and peer group discussions. The participants will:

  • Meet and discuss with fellow peers ways in which to diversify fishing skills and experiences
  • Discuss interests, reflections, and/or concerns regarding the industry.
  • Work together to build partnerships and/or economies of scale.

Registration and travel reimbursement 

Please contact the NFA if you are interested in attending at 604-913-2997 or

They invite you to consider first any agencies that might be able to support your travel costs for this professional development opportunity. Huu-ay-aht has some funding available through the Education department. If there are none, the Native Fishing Association have travel reimbursement applications available now. Please feel free to contact Natasha at 604-913-2997 or for more information.

Head Office: Suite 110-100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
Tel: 604-913-2997 Fax: 604-913-2995

Prince Rupert Branch: Tel: 250-624-3888 Fax: 1-888-652-5077

Huu-ay-aht First Nations efforts
Larry Johnson, President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Development Corporation (NSDC),  and  Annie Merritt, our Employment and Training Policy Analyst, are working with a group of other local organizations to develop and promote an Aboriginal Apprenticeship in Commercial Fishing program this year. There will be a full article on the upcoming program in our next issue of Uyaqḥmis.




Only 10 days to the People’s Assembly 2015

This is the best time of the year for the Huu-ay-aht as family and friends get ready to keep the Nation moving forward. Let’s share our culture, give input to the Four-Year Action Plan and be active in the economic development of the community.

Remember that the People’s Assembly starts on Friday, November 20th, at 1:00 p.m. (Barclay Hotel, Port Alberni).

Weekend Program – Day #1 – Friday, November 20, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Open House; This is an informal open house where citizens can discuss their concerns or ideas with government leaders, committee representatives and staff in advance of the formal proceedings on Saturday and Sunday. You will be able to visit committee booths and hear what is happening. Sign-in registration will be at that time.

Find the agenda and all the updates here:

The People’s Assembly 2015