Fall 2022 Community Update Video

Huu-ay-aht First Nations is proud to release our Fall 2022 Community Update Video showcasing Huu-ay-aht First Nations milestones of 2022. The video highlights the Kiix̣in National Historic Site Plaque Reveal, the Bamfield Main Road Surfacing Project, and the continued growth of Upper Anacla. 

On September 20, 2022, Huu-ay-aht and Parks Canada celebrated the installation of a plaque at the Kiix̣in Village and Fortress. Haw̓iiḥ Councillor Jeff Cook (Yał luu a) and Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. joined Kiix̣in tour guide and knowledge holder Wišqii as he opened the ceremony. 

Through a partnership with Parks Canada, Huu-ay-aht First Nations will continue to share their culture and history with visitors with guided tours of the only known remaining First Nations Village on the west coast of southern B.C. through Kiix̣in Tours.

What is different about this is Huu-ay-aht is starting to design it’s economy. What do we need to do to make a strong economy

Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. 

The Bamfield Main Road Surfacing Project continues to progress with crush, resurfacing, and grading. The project is expected to be completed by April 2022. The safety of  travellers on Bamfield Main Road from Bamfield to Port Alberni has been important to Huu-ay-aht First Nations for generations and surfacing the road will help bring Huu-ay-aht community members home.  

Uncle Spencer always said that the work we had done for the designation was something that his father, our grandpa, wanted to do but he didn’t know how to put it into words.   

Stella Peters, citizen, Kiix̣in tour guide

Charlie Clappis shares how the community of Anacla has grown over the last five years, plans for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Cultural Centre and considerations for the development of Anacla in the future.

Bamfield Main Road Update – December 5, 2022

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For the period of December 5 – December 11, 2022  

There will be no access to Bamfield Main Road from 36km to 58 km. All traffic, both industrial and public, will be required to use the detour. Drivers should slow down and be prepared for industrial traffic throughout the detour area. 

Drivers can expect single-lane traffic and delays at approximately three locations between Port Alberni and Bamfield, each with a minimum of 15 minutes delay. Both traffic control persons at stops and/or automated flagging devices with pilot cars will be utilized. 

All  travellers are required to use the detour, and those who attempt to bypass the detour will be turned back.  

Please slow down and expect additional delays due to the changing weather conditions. Winter driving conditions should be expected, and all public drivers should check weather conditions before travelling and be prepared. Please avoid driving during extreme weather conditions.  

Speed should not exceed 60 km per hour, and drivers are required to slow down when construction equipment, flaggers, and crews are on the road. The RCMP will be monitoring for safe driving throughout the project and detour.  

Crews will continue to work on ditching, culvert replacement,  and beam barriers. 

Bamfield Main Road Update – November 28, 2022

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For the period of November 14 – December 4, 2022  

The Bamfield Main Road detour remains in place from approximately 36 km to 58 km adding up to an extra hour of driving time for public drivers.

Please slow down and expect additional delays due to the changing weather conditions. Winter driving conditions should be expected, and all public drivers should check weather conditions before travelling and be prepared. Please avoid driving during extreme weather conditions.

Drivers can expect single-lane traffic and delays at approximately three locations between Port Alberni and Bamfield, each with a minimum of 15 minutes delay. Both traffic control persons at stops and/or automated flagging devices with pilot cars will be utilized.

Only industrial traffic will have access through construction areas. All other travellers are required to use the detour, and those who attempt to bypass the detour will be turned back.

Speed should not exceed 60 km per hour, and drivers are required to slow down when construction equipment and crews are on the road. The RCMP will be monitoring for safe driving throughout the project and detour.

Crews will continue to work on culvert replacement, borrowing, grid placement, ditching, and beam barriers.

Huu-ay-aht wants to hear from citizens by taking part in the Hišuk ma c̕awak Integrated Resource Management Plan (HIRMP) Survey

Huu-ay-aht people have managed and protected the lands since time immemorial. The impacts of colonization have led to outside influences taking over that role. Huu-ay-aht has made considerable steps to regain the right and privilege of management of the lands through treaty, acquiring crown tenures, and now partnerships with major tenure holders (C̕awak ʔqin Forestry).

The Hišuk ma c̕awak Integrated Resource Management Plan (HIRMP) is a Huu-ay-aht led initiative in partnership with C̕awak ʔqin Forestry and Mosaic Forestry Operations to create a new system of land and resource management that takes a look at the entire ḥahuułi (traditional territory) instead of the western approach of addressing land management by tenure.

Huu-ay-aht is most concerned with managing the lands in a sustainable way for the next 7 generations and in accordance with our sacred principles of ʔiisaak (respect), ʔuuʔałuk (taking care of) and Hišuk ma c̕awak (everything is one). With this in mind Huu-ay-aht is looking for citizen feedback – this survey provides information about the current state of affairs and what work is being done related to the various values, and to solicit citizen input to identify priorities & focus areas for the HIRMP.

The questions contained in this survey have been designed to inform the Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ Government about citizens’ priorities and concerns around the management of the lands. Community feedback will be used to adjust how various areas are being managed moving forward.

The videos and survey have been designed so you can watch and answer the questions for one, a few or all of the topics. Feel free to review and provide feedback at once or over a few sittings. The survey will run for two months and citizens should expect an update of resource management by Spring 2023.

** All of your answers are strictly confidential. Your name and email are for verification purposes only and will not be used or shared for external purposes.**

View survey here: HIRMP survey

For more details about HIRMP, please visit the HIRMP page here: HIRMP Page

Bamfield Main Road Update – November 21, 2022

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For the period of November 21 – 27, 2022   

The Bamfield Main Road detour remains in place from approximately 36 km to 58 km, adding up to an extra hour of driving time for public drivers.  

Only industrial traffic will have access through construction areas. All other travellers must use the detour, and those who attempt to bypass the detour will be turned back.

Drivers can expect single-lane traffic and delays at approximately three locations between Port Alberni and Bamfield, each with a minimum delay of 15 minutes. Expect traffic control persons at stops and/or automated flagging devices with pilot vehicles.   

Industrial traffic may be utilizing the public access detour, and drivers should use extra caution, with an expectation of increased industrial traffic. Please slow down, as traffic control personnel may be found throughout the public access detour.  

Please expect additional delays due to the changing weather conditions and the movement of construction materials and equipment.   

Speed should not exceed 60 km per hour, and drivers are required to slow down when construction equipment and crews are on the road. The RCMP will be monitoring for safe driving throughout the project and detour.  

Crews will continue to work on ditching, culvert replacement, borrowing, grid placement, and beam barriers.