Robert J. Dennis Sr. is the Chief Councillor for Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a modern treaty nation located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
In addition to holding this title since 2015, he served as the Nation’s elected chief from 1995 to 2011. Robert also served six two-year terms as a councillor for Huu-ay-aht and three years as Huu-ay-aht’s Band Manager.
While chief, Robert spent 14 years as the Chief Negotiator for Huu-ay-ayt First Nation, from 1996 to 2011. Robert also served as the speaker for Tayii Ḥaw̓ił Spencer Peters, until his death.
In addition to the years of service he offered his Nation, for eight years, Robert was the Executive Director, Building Coordinator, and Program Director for the Port Alberni Friendship Center.
Robert also worked as a Director and Shore worker for Central Native Fisherman’s Co-op for more than six years. He was, and still is, a logger and fisherman.
Fishing is not the only sport he enjoys. He is an avid sports fan, and he coached soccer, gymnastics, basketball, track and field, and softball. His current position as elected chief councillor makes it easy to celebrate the culture, but Robert truly believes in the importance of preserving this and his language. For that reason, Robert is passionate about sharing these aspects with Huu-ay-aht citizens and the outside world.