As a result of the Treaty, the Huu-ay-aht First Nations has full ownership and jurisdiction over more than 8,200 hectares of land within their territories and continue to have rights throughout our Hahoulthee (traditional territories). With full control over these undisputed lands owned in fee simple, our Nation is able to govern the lands under our own laws. Seeking to leverage this strength, Executive Council and Hereditary Chiefs (Ha’wiih) have been actively seeking opportunities to engage in responsible and sustainable economic development in order to forward our vision of working together to establish a healthy, prosperous, and self-sustaining community.
Maintaining their historic role as caretakers of the lands, waters, and resources of their Hahoulthee, the Ha’wiih works closely with Elected Chief and Council to ensure that all development considerations are informed and guided by the long-held principles of ʔiisaak (greater respect), ʔuuʔałuk (taking care of), and Hišuk ma c̕awak (everything is connected).
The Government Services support this caretaker role by managing different programs that include duties and responsibilities of the Natural Resources and Trades and Land Departments; the design, implementation and sustainability of management systems in support of government internal operations including infrastructure, engineering, natural resources, financial controls, taxation, municipal planning and permitting, tracking, managing and assessment of departmental performance on budget, scope and scheduling activities in relation to the strategic plan. Additionally it promotes natural resource conservation, management, barter and trade, and resource development.