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 and continue to have rights throughout our Ḥahuułi (traditional territories). With full control over these undisputed lands owned in fee simple, our Nation governs the lands under our own laws.

Permission for activities on these lands is managed by our Lands and Natural Resources Department. The most commonly used permits are detailed below. Please contact us to inquire about any other use not included here.


Visitors Recreational/Camping Permit Application
Permits are required for all visitors and citizens wishing to camp on Huu-ay-aht First Nations Treaty and Private Lands. This includes all areas in the Deer Group islands, wilderness sites at Sarita Lake and River and anywhere else on our lands. (Bookings for our full-service campground are available through our Group of Businesses.) The permit fee is $10.50 per person per night (including GST).

For application click: Camping Permit Application

Heritage Investigation (Research) Permit Application
All anthropological, ethnographic, ethno-biological or archaeological study or field work in the Huu-ay-aht First Nations traditional territory, as well as all studies involving collections from the Huu-ay-aht First Nations traditional territory, must be carried out under an Investigation Permit by the Huu-ay-aht First Nations. Permit fee is $47.25 (including GST).

For application click: Heritage Investigation Application

NOTE: All permit fees are subject to GST and can be paid via cheque, money order or cash (exact change only) at either of our Government Offices

Map of Huu-ay-aht Lands


For more information and application support, please contact Director of Lands and Natural Resources, Rita Johnson at |  250.723.0100, ext. 125 or  Nicole McCallion at |  ext. 133.

 Photo Credit: Harry Brossault – sunset sarita lake