Tayii Ḥaw̓ił Derek Peters was born in Port Alberni in 1974. He was raised by his parents Spencer and Nora Peters. His paternal grandparents are Art and Agnes Peters and Edward and Mabel Nookemus, on my mother’s side.
Derek’s first job was with Huu-ay-aht First Nations, as a student. He went on to work in forestry, managing Huu-ay-aht’s silviculture crew on contract and doing forestry engineering. He also served two terms on elected council. Derek has been involved in the B.C. Treaty Commission process on the negotiating team, when Huu-ay-aht started negotiating its own treaty, from approximately 1994 to 2011. Along with the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Communications team, the Maa-nulth Treaty was successfully ratified.
In 2008, Derek took on the Head Chief (Tayii Ḥaw̓ił) responsibility. He now represents the Nations’ hereditary chiefs an HFN traditional interest to protect and take care for future generations.
He is married to Irene Williams, now a Peters, and they have a seven-year-old daughter, Olivia Peters.
“I’ve seen my tribe grow in the short time I’ve been here involved from approximately seven employees to what it is today,” he says. “I was born and raised in my traditions from birth, and I’m glad to be part of the Nation.”