Mid 2022, Huu-ay-aht First Nations Executive Council directed that an inquiry be conducted into allegations of abuse of power committed by members of the government.

Executive Council approved terms of reference for the panel that will be appointed to conduct the Inquiry that includes both a mandate and outlines the powers of the Inquiry panel (these terms can be found on the Nations’ Public Notice page.)

After the Inquiry is completed and the panel has provided their report to the Huu-ay-aht government, the report will be made public according to the terms of the posted Inquiry Panel Terms of Reference.

The Inquiry panelists held two initial introduction meetings in both Anacla (October 5, 2022) and Port Alberni (October 6, 2022), inviting community members to learn more about the panelists and the inquiry process.

Questions can be directed to the Inquiry Panel at hfnpanel22@gmail.com .



HFN Inquiry Public Notices

All Public Notices are posted on our official Public Notice Page. This list only contains Public Notices pertaining to the inquiry panel and investigation as a courtesy please visit the official page for the most up to date Public Notice releases.

Public Notice – Inquiry Panel – EC and HC Statement – November 4, 2022

Public Notice -Inquiry Panel – Inquiry Panel Response to Resignation – November 2, 2022

Public Notice -Inquiry Panel – Notice of Resignation – October 28, 2022

Inquiry Panel Terms of Reference

Retirement Notification – May 6, 2022

Huu-ay-aht Statement on Allegations Involving Members of Executive Council

Recent Inquiry Panel News

Inquiry Panel Working Group

Inquiry Meet and Greet Events

Panelists

Sandra Cunningham, QC

Sandra Cunningham is a member of the Mitha Law Group who specializes in workplace investigations in the public and private sectors. She was Crown Counsel for 30 years, where she focused on serious crimes such as murder, sexual exploitation and human trafficking. She was also a policy drafter and analyst in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault for the Ministry of Justice. Sandy has extensive experience in workplace investigations, including allegations of sexual misconduct and involving systemic issues leading to abuse and has worked internationally on projects to strengthen the criminal justice systems in Guyana, South America, and Ethiopia with an emphasis on violence against women. Sandy will take on the role of lead investigator.

Jennifer Dehoney
Jennifer Dehoney

Jennifer Dehoney is a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation and is also of Irish descent. Most recently Jennifer’s work has been as a founding board member and team lead at Kilala Lelum, an Indigenous health and healing centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She is a former pediatric physiotherapist, a certified health & wellness coach and has a masters degree in counselling psychology. Jennifer has over 18-years experience working with Indigenous communities in clinical, research and decolonizing-systems work and has been facilitating anti- Indigenous racism workshops for healthcare, education and non-profit teams for the past 5- years. Jennifer was honoured to work with Huu-ay-aht as the coordinator for the social services project panel and the social services project implementation task force.