Huu-ay-aht Youth Summer Cultural Camp

Huu-ay-aht First Nation is pleased to announce that we will be holding our first Youth Cultural Day Camp in Anacla, running from July 28th to August 1st, 2014.  The camp is open to youth between 10-15 years old.

Campers will have the opportunity to learn about Huu-ay-aht history and traditional territory as well as where we berry pick, hunt, and fish.  Camp activities will include hiking through our forests, as well as craft-making, singing, and drumming.

To register for the camp, please call and leave your name or the name of the camper you’d like to register at the Port Alberni office (at 250-723-0100), or the Anacla office (1-888-644-4555).

Have you considered becoming a Foster Home for your Nation?

For your Family group? If so, Usma Nuu-chah-nulth Family & Child Services is urgently seeking individuals and families to provide care for Nuu-chah-nulth children. Emergency, temporary & permanency are the types of care that we are seeking.

A Caregiver that will:

  • Be flexible and able to adapt to new situations
  • Capable of handling stressful situations, with the ability to use positive, strength based parenting to redirect & teach child/ren
  • Be able to work as part of a team, follow verbal/written direction, and follow standards
  • Demonstrated ability to provide affection, nurturing and guidance to children & youth
  • Communication skills, written and verbal
  • Ability to maintain confidential records
  • Have a support network of family and/or peers
  • Willingness to learn new skills on a yearly basis

Complete screening process, which includes but not limited to:

  • Application Form- identify 3 references per applicant (work, family, friend)
  • Medical
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Consent for Prior Contact Check
  • Pre-Service Orientation
  • Home Study

For More information please contact a Resource social worker at 1-877-722-3232 or 250-724-3232


Representative for Children & Youth at HDC April 29

Mary Ellen Turpell Lafond will be at the Huu-ay-aht Port Alberni Government Office  HDC Boardroom on April 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (2433 Alberni Hwy, Port Alberni Chamber of Commerce)

The Representative for Children and Youth supports children, youth and families who need help in dealing with the child-serving system, provides oversight to the Ministry of Children and Family Development and advocates for improvements to the child-serving system.

The Representative serves all British Columbians under the age of 19, and is particularly concerned that young people in government care – such as those in foster homes, group homes or youth custody – do well. These children and youth face greater challenges than those in the general population, especially related to health and education, incarceration and dependence on income assistance.

The Representative does not work for the government. Rather, the Representative for Children and Youth is an Independent Officer of the Legislature and does not report through a provincial ministry.

The Representative’s work is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and upholds the following values:

  • Children have a right to be protected and kept safe
  • Families are the best environment for raising a child
  • Parents and extended family have the primary responsibility for a child
  • Decisions made about a child should include their own views and input

 If you are interested in attending this session, please RSVP with Helen or Kathy (250) 723-0100