Huu-ay-aht Inquiry Panel to Host a Meet and Greet

The Inquiry Panel looks forward to meeting you this week! Please join in person or virtually to learn more about the inquiry panel process.

In response to serious allegations that have recently come to light, Huu-ay-aht Executive Council has directed that an inquiry be conducted into allegations of abuse of power committed by members of government. With that an Inquiry Panel has been formed and will be hosting a meet and greet in Anacla at the House of Huu-ay-aht and in Port Alberni at the Huu-ay-aht Government Office.

Meet and Greet Details:

Anacla – House of Huu-ay-aht
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
5 – 8 p.m.
In-person only

Port Alberni Government Office
Thursday, October 6, 2022
5 – 8 p.m.
In-person and Virtually

Zoom Meeting Details:

Zoom Meeting ID: 838 1221 1119
Passcode: HFNINQUIRY (all caps)

*There will be a waiting room, please ensure your first and last name are visible so the host can admit you into the meeting. If you are unable to edit your name, please message the host in the Zoom.

Please click here to read the notice of Inquiry Panel terms of reference on the public notices page.

2022 Community Engagement Session Announcement

Planning for the 2022 Community Engagement Sessions is underway providing citizens an opportunity to get together and ask questions and discuss the topics below.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and the meeting will start at 6 p.m.

Community Engagement Session Topics

  • HIRMP (Hishuk ma cawak Intergrated Management Plan)  
  • Amendments to the Citizenship Act
    • For more information and to participate in the questionnaire, please view this document:Information and Questionnaire
    • Please fill out the questionnaire and submit it to Coraleah Bauer the Huu-ay-aht Law Clerk
      • Ways to submit your form:
        Fax: 250-723-4646 Attention: Law Clerk
        Drop off or mail a printed form: Attention: Law Clerk, 4644 Adelaide Street, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 6N4

Session Locations and Times


October 6, 2022
House of Huu-ay-aht


October 19, 2022
Coast Bastion Hotel
11 Bastion St.


November 1 2022
The Aboriginal Mother Centre
2019 Dundas St.

Port Alberni

October 18, 2022
Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel


November 2, 2022
Songhees Wellness Centre
1100 Admirals Rd.

Questions or comments can be sent to

Negotiation team continues to update Huu-ay-aht leadership

Ḥaw̓iiḥ and Executive Council gathered at the House of Huu-ay-aht in Anacla July 20, 21 for an update on negotiations with Steelhead LNG.

The Nation is open to exploring economic development opportunities that align with its goals and principals and continue to work toward developing a process that creates mutually beneficial working relationships. Huu-ay-aht appreciates the citizens who also came out to learn about the negotiations.

While the meetings were not open to the public and citizens, we look forward to seeing everyone again at our next Community Engagement Sessions, which will be held in September. These upcoming engagement sessions will provide an opportunity for open and transparent dialogue between our citizens and government about what we are doing. Ask and we will answer.

PLEASE REMEMBER: If you have questions at any time, you can ask us and the government will respond. Send your comments or questions to or call 250-723-0100.

Investment in Bamfield by Huu-ay-aht appreciated by residents

In late January, the Nation purchased 11 properties in the Bamfield area. It took a lot of hard work to close the sale and even more to get the turnkey operations open and ready to accept visitors.

On April 23, 2016, Huu-ay-aht First Nations invited its citizens, dignitaries, and residents of Bamfield to join them in a celebration to mark this accomplishment.

The event exceeded all expectations, filling the Rix Centre for Ocean Discoveries for the luncheon and a large crowd gathered at The Hotel for singing, dancing, and a ribbon cutting. It was a chance for Huu-ay-aht to thank everyone involved in making it happen and welcome the community. It was also an opportunity for people in attendance to hear Huu-ay-aht’s vision for the future.

Following this successful event, Tayii Ḥaw̓ił ƛiišin (Derek Peters) and Elected Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. received the following letter and a photo collage from the day. He wanted to share it with the community.

The letter follows:


I have been meaning to congratulate you both on your ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 23.

Bamfield needed a fresh start and you have been doing a wonderful job of being that catalyst and including the whole community in your plans.

Growing up in Bamfield in the 1950s and early 60s, I have watched the gradual decline of our community – first with the commercial fishing demise and then the stagnation of so much of the commercial property.

I feel a hope for Bamfield again, which I have not had for some time. 

Best regards and the best of luck on your venture,

Marc Phillips



Register now for the First Responders Program in Anacla

The Bamfield/Anacla First Responder Training Program will take place from April 25 to 30, 2016. The community expressed an interest in developing First Responder capacity recently. So, at this time, committed candidates are needed to fill 18 available spots .

Please note that nine of the spots are reserved for Huu-ay-aht Citizens, as per the Nations’ funding requirements. This five-day course will take approximately seven hours per session, with breaks for lunch and coffee. Food and beverages are going to be provided. There is a written and practical examination on the final day.

This is a great opportunity being delivered by the Nation, in partnership with the Justice Institute of B.C. (JIBC), as the first step in potentially offering a series of courses in Anacla that would ladder up to paramedic training in the long run. In the short term, it helps to build capacity to handle emergencies in the area.

Amelia Vos – Environmental Technician
Phone: 250.728.3414, Ext. 119