Tayii Ḥaw̓ił ƛiišin (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.
ƛiišin’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. ƛiišin 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, ƛiišin took on the Head Hereditary Chief (Tayii Ḥaw̓ił) responsibility. He now represents the Nation’s hereditary chiefs an Huu-ay-aht traditional interest to protect and take care for future generations.
Together with his wife Irene Williams, now Peters, they are raising their 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.”