COVID-19 Safety Plan

As Huu-ay-aht First Nations begins to re-open its offices, we are working hard to protect the staff and citizens who are entering our facilities from the risks associated with COVID-19. Part of this means following all of the recommendations made in the WorkSafe BC COVID-19 Safety Plan.

For more information, please click on the link to see a copy: WorkSafe BC Safety Plan

Message from your Chief Councillor

Letter to Citizens #1 on COVID-19
Letter to Citizens #2 on State of Emergency
Letter to Citizens #3 on Long weekend
Letter to Citizens #4 on Restricted Access to Anacla
– Related Documents to Restricted Access to Anacla
Letter to Citizens #5 on COVID-19 cases in First Nations Communities
Letter to Citizens #6 on Working Together to Restart and Protect

Letter to Citizens #7 on Restart to keep citizens safe
Letter to Citizens #8 Update and Thanksgiving weekend

Message from Huu-ay-aht and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
Please stay home this May long weekend – from the ACRD



Effective June 1, 2020, Huu-ay-aht will begin putting its restart plan in to action.

As of March 18, 2020, the Nation did its part to minimize the spread of colds, the flu, and, most importantly, COVID-19 by switching to remote operations.

Starting on Monday, staff will begin a gradual return to work, after working remotely for almost three months. The offices will remain closed to the public and operate with no more than 10 people at either the Anacla or Port Alberni Government Offices.

We will continue taking your calls and dealing with the day-to-day operations, and staff who are not scheduled to be in the office will continue to work remotely. We have also implemented many safety precautions to keep everyone healthy, both in the office and in their community. If you would like more information, please refer to the Safety Plan that Huu-ay-aht will be following in its offices. Click on the link to see a copy: WorkSafe BC Safety Plan

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.

Please see the attached official statement from Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses concerning their operations:
HGB Adapts Operations in Response to COVID-19

Support for small businesses

Coast Guard trains in Bamfield

Online Resources for Indigenous Communities – Food and COVID-19

COVID-19 Southern Region Testing
Food Banks Canada
National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC)
Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI)
Breakfast Club of Canada (BCC)
President’s Choice Children’s Charity
Canadian Feed the Children (CFTC)
Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC)
First Nation Health Authority (FNHA)
Dietitians of Canada
Food Secure Canada (FSC)
National Indigenous Diabetes Association (NIDA)
Diabetes Canada
Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

Services Canada

Update from Indigenous Services Canada – BC Region

Service Canada – Ready to Help

Our priority is the health and safety of all Canadians, while maintaining service to the public. In response to COVID-19, all in person Service Canada Centres are closed until further notice. In the meantime, Service Canada has measures in place to ensure critical service delivery to vulnerable clients.

If you need help accessing critical benefits, you can complete a service request form at: Once the service request is submitted, a Service Canada representative will contact you within 2 business days.

If you do not have access to a computer or need more support, you can get help by calling the toll free Service Canada Outreach Support Centre at 1-877-631-2657.  Outreach workers are available to help from 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

Download the COVID-19 APP

Apple users: COVID-19 app

Android users: COVID-19 app

COVID-19 Information

Make sure you stay informed as we deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are a few valuable resources:

Positive COVID-19 FAQ
Prime Minister announces additional support for Canadian seniors
COVID-19 Information
Coping with Stress
Know the Difference
Consult with a Doctor online
Tourism Industry Association of BC Information
Support for Individuals and Families
Activities for Youth from the Vancouver Island Regional Library
Fun things to do in isolation
Summary of Financial Supports
Workforce Strategies for Post-COVID Recovery
Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission


Supporting families during COVID-19

Wellness Together Canada – check on your overall wellness

Contacts from the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

Government of Canada

Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program
One-time payment to persons with disabilities
Guaranteed Income Supplement: Your application
Benefits payments for eligible Canadians to continue until Fall 2020
Annual Increase in Child Tax benefit
Latest update on services offered
Canada’s Economic Response Plan
Parks Canada Suspends Motor Vehicle Access
COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
COVID-19 Measures to Help Canadians
Increase to the Canada Child Benefit
Support for Businesses and Individuals
Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Nutrition North Canada (NCC) – Retail subsidy being expanded and updated
Nutrition North Canada (NCC) Harvesters Support Grant
Food and nutrition guide
Food Safety

Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) information on COVID-19

BC Government

Mental-health supports for post-secondary students
Province announces start of Phase 3
Province announces next steps to support renters, landlords
Take the BC COVID-19 survey
Support for small businesses
$1,000 B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers (BCEBW) opening on May 1, 2020.
Free Counselling service launches for post secondary students
BC Parks Closes All Provincial Parks
BC fire ban effective Thursday, April 16, 2020

Updates from the First Nations Health Authority

Updates from the FNHA

COVID-19 Information
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Protecting Yourself from COVID-19
FNHA Advises Communities to Prepare for Possible Spread of Coronavirus
Staying Connected
Advisory for Schools and Child Care Facilities
Fun and Interactive Activities
COVID-19 and the Food Supply
COVID-19 and Food Safety
Wild Greens Harvesting and Use
COVID-19 Pandemic Ideas to Support Community Emergency Food Planning and Long-term Food Security and Sovereignty
COVID-19 – Smoking and Vaping: What’s the Risk?

Updates in the media

Phase 3



Canada releases one-time funding to seniors

Beware of scams related to COVID-19 aid

March 21 – What’s in the news summary of COVID-19

March 22 – Trudeau announces House of Commons will reconvene on Tuesday to pass COVID-19 legislation

March 23 – Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

Global News: March 23 – Trudeau warns Canadians flouting coronavirus social distancing

CTV News – Trudeau – No Canadian State of Emergency yet

March 24 – what you need to know about COVID-19 in BC

March 25 – B.C. health officials give an update on COVID-19 response in the province

March 26 – COVID-19 update

March 30 – COVID-19 update

March 31 – COVID-19 update

April 6, 2020 – COVID-19 Update

April 9, 2020 – COVID-19 emergency benefit clarification

April 15, 2020 – COVID-19 Update Canada

April 22, 2020 – signs of COVID-19 cases slowing down in Canada

April 28, 2020 – COVID-19 update

May 19, 2020 – What you need to know about COVID in BC

BC to phase in “Double your bubble”

June 1, 2020 – COVID-19 update – Global News

June 23, 2020 – B.C. health officials announce 32 new cases of COVID-19 over 3 days

Posts from the Nation

Please see the following announcements from Huu-ay-aht First Nations concerning the COVID-19 outbreak and precautions being taken by the Nation.

There is now an app available to download on your hand-held devices to keep you informed about COVID-19.

Apple users:

android users: