Economic development means, according the Economic Development Act, that Huu-ay-aht business enterprises will be self-sufficient, independent of the financial resources of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations in their operation, uphold the Nation’s values, and operate transparently, profitably and in a manner that provides a reasonable return on the investment made. They will also be allowed to operate free from political interference, held accountable to their owners, comply with the governance and fiscal agreement, the applicable annual plan and laws. Our business enterprises will engage in economic development that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable, and that respects our history, heritage, culture, traditions and ḥahuułi (traditional territory).
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Cynthia Rayner is the Huu-ay-aht Economic Development Officer. This office works closely with the department of infrastructure, the Huu-ay-aht Group of Business, and the Executive Director. As a member of the Economic Development Committee, there is an opportunity to bring forth citizen ideas for business ventures, government programs, and employment opportunities.
This office is the direct link to citizens to enact lasting change for the Nation. All ideas are reviewed and evaluated and when practical submitted further along the approval process for implementation. The Economic Development Office is here to generate revenue and capacity for the Nation to assist in the financing of programs, and major projects such as the sub-division, LNG, mineral exploration and land procurement to name a few.
Huu-ay-aht First Nation supports and encourages its citizens to develop their own business opportunities. The Economic Development Department acts in partnership with Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation to provide Huu-ay-aht citizens with training in the development of a business plan. Business plans are the first requirement for developing a business and obtaining funding and capital. This training is free to all citizens. Contact the Economic Development department if you are interested or would like more information.
If you have a business idea for yourself or for the government, interested in business mentorship, and business plan writing, this office can assist you directly or refer you to where assistance can be found. This department is here for you.
Economic Development Officer
Phone: 250.723.0100 ext. 208