Submit your motions for the People’s Assembly 2015!

What would you like to see Huu-ay-aht accomplish within the next four years?

You can answer this question or send your proposals as motions. They can be made on any subject. If you require assistance in the wording of them, the Law Clerk, Kim Chretien, and if necessary legal counsel, is available to help at no cost. If you would like assistance, please contact us as soon as possible and, in any event, by November 2nd to allow us time to draft it before the deadline.

Motions submitted on November 3rd, 2015 will be added to the agenda for the People’s Assembly and included in the public notice. We strongly encourage citizens wishing to bring a motion to do so timely. Motions made after that date can be walked in, but there is no guarantee that they will be considered –the People’s Assembly will need to vote to add them to the agenda. In addition, the Executive Council will prepare and circulate reports on any motions on the agenda as of November 3rd, 2015, allowing you to be informed on the issues they will be asked to consider.

The People’s Assembly is on November 20th, 21st and 22nd this year. You must register by filling the PDF/online form here  or calling 250-723-0100.  Accommodations at the Best Western Barclay and childminding will be supplied for the event.

People’s Assembly updates

Notice of motions

Send your motions here! or call Coraleah Johnson at 250.723.0100, Ext. 224.

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Update – Burn program will be conducted on our lands!

*Update* The burn program was postponed but will resume October 30th until November 30th , weather permitting.

We will be conducting a burn program to burn slash piles for reforestation and hazard abatement on the N1A, K3N and Treaty Settlement Land tenures (see the map below) when weather conditions permit between September 21 and October 9, 2015.

The main focus areas of the burn program will be:
• Along the Bamfield Mainline at the Spencer Mainline junction
• 2.5 km East of Sarita lake off the Central Mainline
• At 8 km along the Central Mainline
• 2.4 km East of the Bamfield Mainline and Sugsaw Mainline junction
• West of Sugsaw lake
• South of Pachena Lake
• 4.5 km of Pachena Bay off the Klanawa and Somerset Mainlines

Please click on the image to enlarge it!


Weather conditions need to be ideal in order to carry out the burn to ensure that the smoke does not create hardships on any people or wildlife in the vicinity. Optimum burning conditions are also needed to reduce the chance of a fire’s escape. This means that the burn program make take place over multiple days spread throughout the time period stated above.

Burning of piles is an important part of reforestation of Huu Ay Aht Lands as these areas occupy plantable spots that are replanted once burning is completed. The burning treatment is also important in removing potential fire hazards within the tenures. Burning is not done without all risk considered as Resource Managers need to have a sound understanding of fire behavior and its short/long term effects on the environment.

Download the notice here:

Burn plan public notice 2015.pdf

Contact information:
Marina Rayner
Assistant Forester
Meridian Forest Services Ltd
PH: 250-586-0200 ext. 207
FX: 250-586-0201

Train to Work in Forestry

Western forest Products (WFP) has been investing in training to ensure the sustainable growth of its business on the coast of B.C.

In September 2012, they launched their Logging Fundamentals Training Program. This 7-week comprehensive program teaches students the fundamentals of logging, providing practical training to work safely, productively and sustainably in a harvesting environment.

Training modules are based on the WorkSafeBC handbooks and form the foundation for theory and practical learning.  Students learn to identify and assess hazards, communicate and move safely as they set chokers on logs, rig stumps, buck logs and work safely around equipment. Program graduates become strong candidates for employment in the logging industry.

USW Local 1-1937 recognizes the need to fill a growing labour gap created by the retirement of skilled workers and fully supports WFP’s Logging Fundamentals Training Program.

In November 2012, the BC Government recognized the first class of graduate students.

The 2014 intake dates have not been announced yet, but HFN would like to know if there are Huu-ay-aht citizens interested in this program so that we can support your application.  Training takes place in Woss (near Port McNeil and north of Campbell River) or potentially Gold River.  Successful student applicants may be eligible for a training wage.

Please contact Sarah Johnson at the Huu-ay-aht Development Corporation ( or 1-888-644-4555) if this is of interest to you.


Huu-ay-aht Development Corporation Updates

Follow the link to read the second of four updates from the Huu-ay-aht group of businesses for the 2013-14 fiscal year. In this update you will find highlights from Huu-ay-aht-owned businesses gathered over the past three months. Also included is a list of email addresses for group of business employees.

The report can be found HERE