Fire ban extends to include fog zone, including Pachena

Effective as of August 1, all open fires will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction including the Fog Zone.

The following activities are prohibited within the specified area:

  • Campfires
  • Category 2 open fires – an open fire, excluding a campfire, that burns piled material no larger than two metres high and three metres wide, or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size.
  • Category 3 open fires – a fire that burns material in piles larger than two metres high and three metres wide, windrows, or grass over an larger than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size.
  • Fires burning woody debris in outdoor stoves
  • The use of tiki torches
  • Fireworks
  • Firecrackers
  • Sky lanterns
  • Burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
  • The use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to:


Huu-ay-aht and WFP build foundation for long-term and strong relationship

Western Forest Products Inc. and Huu-ay-aht First Nations announce that they have completed a transaction for the sale and purchase of three properties, including Western’s dry land sort, located in Sarita Bay, British Columbia for a purchase price of $3 million. The transaction also involves a long-term lease back of the dry land sort to Western, an agreement to harvest 200,000 cubic metres of timber from Huu-ay-aht Lands, and an employment and training agreement that seeks to increase the number of Huu-ay-aht citizens participating in the forest sector.

The transaction provides a strong foundation for Western and Huu-ay-aht to develop a long-term partnership with respect to lands and timber resources in the Bamfield-Anacla area.

Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. commented regarding the sale, “As a Nation, we want to focus on building a safe and healthy community, and that starts with good relationships, first with our citizens, but also with our neighbours and business partners.” He added, “Our citizens gave us the message that moving forward with Western is a key priority by providing their support at our Special People’s Assembly. Western has shown it respects Huu-ay-aht’s philosophy of Ancient Spirit, Modern Mind and our core values. We are writing the book on how business is to be done in our Ḥahuułi and opening the door to economic opportunities that will bring our people home and create a strong future for the next generation.”

“We recognize the importance of the Sarita area to the Huu-ay-aht and are pleased to have delivered a mutually beneficial transaction to support increased economic benefits from the forest sector to First Nations communities and to Western”, said Don Demens, President and CEO of Western.

For the Huu-ay-aht, the Sarita River is the “Heart of the People” and the properties involved in the agreement with Western complete the reunification of Huu-ay-aht-owned lands at Sarita Bay. Huu-ay-aht received strong support for the land acquisition from its People’s Assembly held February 19, 2017. With a long-term lease in place, Western will continue to operate its dry land sort at Sarita, supporting its timber operations in TFL 44.

Send your resume in to work for Huu-ay-aht’s businesses

Huu-ay-aht First Nation Development Corporation (HDC) currently has multiple job posting in picturesque Bamfield, B.C., situated on the Pacific Ocean and at the end of the world renowned West Coast Trail.  Bamfield is also home to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre utilized by five Universities.  The environment and wildlife (including puffins, seals, whales, sea lions, and plenty of fish) make this an ideal home for the marine centre.  Bamfield has some of the best fishing in the world.

Eleven new properties have been purchased in January 2016 by Huu-ay-aht First Nation Development Corporation, three of which are tourism related, Bamfield Motel and Pub, Kingfisher Lodge and Ostrom House, in addition to its other multiple properties including Pachena Bay Campground, Bamfield Market and Café, HFN Forestry and HFN Gravel.  This allows for an immense opportunity for growth in various hospitality and other industries.  The long-term goal is to build a team to aid in the growth of Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Bamfield in both eco and aboriginal tourism.  Although these positions are currently seasonal, they may lead to year-round employment.

Accommodation may be provided for these positions at one of our various venues.

For the upcoming 2016 Tourism Season, Huu-ay-aht Development Corporation (HDC) will be hiring in all areas related to our Pachena Bay and Bamfield Businesses.

Please let us know the position(s) you are interested in, and your availability.  If you are applying for specific position(s), please tailor a separate resume/application to reflect your relevant experience, education and training for each position.  Please also send a cover letter highlighting your qualifications and reasons for your interest in each position. Staff accommodations may be provided.

  • Motel
    – Administrative Staff
    – Chambermaids
  • – Restaurant
    – Kitchen staff
    – Waiter/Waitress
  • Pub
    – Kitchen staff
    – Waiter/Waitress
    – Bartender
  • Market Staff
    – Cashiers
    – Grounds Keeper/Maintenance
    – Janitorial
  • Pachena Bay Campground general staff
  • Gas attendant

Post-Secondary education not required, but an asset.  Please indicate First Nations heritage if it applies. Thank you for your interest in working with HDC.  We’re eager to work with you.

Sent on behalf of HFN Hospitality LP, HFN Market LP.  Finally, please submit all resumes in an MS Word *.doc or a *.pdf. format

Of course if you have any questions, feel free to call us at 778-421-2663, or email at Otherwise please send your resume and cover letter to:

Attention Tracy Walker
Huu-ay-aht Development Corporation
4644 – B Adelaide Street
Port Alberni, BC
V9Y 6N4

Or email






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.

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.