Public warned as high streamflow advisory issued

The BC River Forecast Centre is issuing a High Streamflow Advisory for Central Vancouver Island, including streams and rivers in the Port Alberni and surrounding areas.

A strong Pacific storm is expected to spread heavy rain across Vancouver Island and south-west BC on Wednesday evening and through the day on Friday. Total rainfall amounts of 90-120 mm, and potentially more over higher terrain, are currently forecasted from Tuesday evening to Thursday morning. Temperatures are expected to remain high throughout this event, with freezing levels generally above local mountain top level. In addition to heavy rainfall, melt of snow in low elevation areas is also expected, and it will contribute to streamflow runoff. At high elevations, deeper snow will be able to absorb much of the rain and energy from the warm temperatures.

High streamflow is expected throughout the region on Wednesday, and potentially into Thursday morning. At this point, forecasts are not indicating the potential for rivers to reach flood stage, however low-lying areas may experience minor flooding. With snow at low elevations, minor flooding is also possible in areas with poor drainage or where drainage is impeded by snow.

The public is cautioned to stay clear of rivers and riversides during the high streamflow period because the quickly flowing water and the adjacent riverbanks are potentially unsafe.

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor weather and streamflow and will provide updates as conditions warrant.

A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull.  Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.

A Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result.

Register now for the 2017 Special People’s Assembly

Executive Council would like to notify Huu-ay-aht Citizens that a Special People’s Assembly will be held on February 19, 2017. This assembly will address the matter of a proposed transaction with Western Forest Products and necessary approvals under the Land Act will be discussed, in addition to the referendum question that was the subject of public notice dated January 29, 2017.

When: Sunday, February 19, 2017

Where: Echo Centre, 4255 Wallace Street, Port Alberni with satellite locations in:

  • Anacla at the Government Office, 170 Nookemus Road
  • Nanaimo at the Coast Bastion Hotel, 11 Bastion Street
  • Victoria at the Songhees Conference Room, 1100 Admirals Road
  • Vancouver at the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society, 2019 Dundas Street

For more details and the complete public notice, follow this link: Public Notice of People’s Assembly-Feb. 19, 2-17

How to register? There are three options:

a) Download this PDF version and follow the instructions within.

 

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b) Drop by and get a printed copy at any of our offices.

c) Complete the electronic version here! Once the form is submitted, you will get the following confirmation message and a copy of the info entered:

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Huu-ay-aht receives support for Specific Claims review

On Friday, Huu-ay-aht First Nations issued a press release reacting to news that the Canadian government has decided to appeal the Specific Claims Tribunal decision awarding more than $13.8 million in compensation to Huu-ay-aht First Nations for breaches of duty Canada committed between 1948 and 1969.

Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. called the decision “outrageous,” adding, “Part of our reconciliation to this long-term dispute was to seek fair compensation. We trusted Canada’s judicial processes to achieve this, but we are extremely disappointed to hear this will be further prolonged. It is unfair to our Nation.”

Since issuing the release (link to full release), Huu-ay-aht has received support from a number of notable sources, including Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, MLA Scott Fraser, and Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Vice-President Ken Watts.

Grand Chief Phillip said, “The Minister (Justice Minister Jody Wilson) fully understands why Canada needs to honour the Tribunal’s decisions, yet she chooses to go against her own words. Taking an action like this against one Nation signals Canada’s unwillingness to pursue reconciliation with Indigenous Nations, despite the Prime Minister’s promises”.

“Canada, who has all the resources, continues to exploit the same imbalance of power that first gave rise to this claim almost 70 years ago. Unless Canada withdraws this application, it will again be choosing denial, conflict, and litigation over fair process, resolution, and upholding the Honour of the Crown.” (For copies of the full letter of support from the NTC click here.)

The release issued by the NTC states that they fully agree that, “a judicial review is unfair, and prolonging this clear decision in favour of Huu-ay-aht is a waste of taxpayers’ money.”

It went on to say, “The NTC is calling upon Minister Wilson-Raybould, Attorney General of Canada, to do better and follow the direction of the Prime Minister in his mandate letter to ‘review [the] litigation strategy. This should include early decisions to end appeals or positions that are not consistent with our commitments, the Charter or our values.’” (For the letter of support from the NTC click here.)

In a phone call on Tuesday, Fraser told Huu-ay-aht he plans on writing a letter of support, which he will share with other members of legislature and the public. He said, as the NDP critic for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, he believes it is important to raise such issues in his riding.

Historic moment as Councillor John Jack named regional district chair

The Alberni‐Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) Board of Directors elected Director John Alan Jack as Chairperson of the ACRD Board for 2017.

Director Jack has represented the Huu‐ay‐aht First Nations on the Board since their treaty government joined as a voting member in 2012. This is the first time in history a formal First Nation representative has served as Chair on a Regional District Board in British Columbia. Director John Alan Jack is a third-term councillor with the Huu‐ay‐aht First Nations, a member to the Maa‐nulth Treaty, which grants his community self‐government, ownership, and authority over land, as well as access and control over resources.

Director Josie Osborne, the Mayor of the District of Tofino, was elected Vice‐Chair of the Board for 2017. Osborne served as Chair of the Board for the past two years. She decided not to seek re‐election of Chairperson for a third term.

“In the past years, the Alberni‐Clayoquot Regional District has led the way in pursuing meaningful reconciliation with First Nations. We will continue down that path in a focused and respectful manner,” Jack explained. “I look forward to seeking and creating new opportunities in cooperation with and for the benefit of all in the region.”

Sarita and Nuumaqamis Open to Bivalve harvesting

The subareas 23-4, to 23-6, and 23-10 are open to manila clams, littleneck clams, oysters and mussels only, closed to all other bivalve shellfish.

Marine Biotoxin – Toxins that are produced by certain species of naturally occurring microscopic algae that bloom under favourable conditions. Filter-feeding bivalve shellfish accumulate the toxins when they ingest toxic algae as a food source. The consumption of toxic shellfish can lead to illness and even death. The toxins do not kill the shellfish nor cause any discernible changes in the appearance, smell or taste of shellfish that would alert consumers of toxicity. As conditions (e.g., water temperature, salinity, and nutrient levels) become less favourable, the algae bloom subsides and with time, shellfish rid themselves of toxin and are once again safe to eat.

For more information on Marine Biotoxin and Sanitary Contamination Closures, go to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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