Citizen Motions that were not heard individually at the People’s Assembly will be addressed at the Executive Council meeting on February 28, in Port Alberni. Citizens are invited to attend this meeting.
Any citizen who cannot attend in person and would like their questions, comments, or concerns recorded has a week to submit them. From February 13 to 20, we will be collecting this information. Once recorded, all feedback will be shared with Executive Council when they are addressing the related Citizen Motion.
If you would like to share your feedback, please call the Port Alberni Government Office at 250-723-0100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
“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
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 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.
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.
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)