Engaging the Community

It is time for the next round of Community Engagement Sessions.
The February sessions were successful, with lots of citizens attending and gathering information on the rebranding project and our new logo and tagline, changes in legislation. That part of the presentation was a follow up on what has happened since the People’s Assembly in November, 2014. Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht representatives also offered an update on the proposed LNG project as it moves into the environmental stage.
The April session will include an update on the upcoming elections for Chief and Council in June. With the nomination period fast approaching, it is important for citizens to attend to find out all of the details.
Presenters will also be sharing another update on the proposed LNG project and some of the research that Universities are conducting in partnership with Huu-ay-aht. Finally, we will be touching on some of Huu-ay-aht’s important cultural practices.
If you missed the last community engagement, a few items from the rebranding project are still available, along with other prizes.
Here are the times and locations of the April sessions:
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – Vancouver session at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015 – Port Alberni session at the Hospitality Inn, 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday, April 17, 2015 – The Anacla session will be held at the Anacla Government Office from 3 to 6 p.m.
There will be more informal sessions in Victoria and Nanaimo. The Nanaimo session will take place at Acme Food Co. from 4 to 7 p.m. on April 21. On April 23, it will be held at Comfort Inn in Victoria  from 4 to 7 p.m.
Light snacks and refreshments will be available for all sessions so come join us for food and conversation. Childminding is available in Vancouver, Port Alberni and Anacla.

Big win for Edwards and Huu-ay-aht

Huu-ay-aht Executive Director James Edwards was one of three young professionals in the Alberni Valley to take home a prestigious Top 20 Under 40 Business and Community Achievement Award on March 14.
James, along with Kama Money and Drew Bradley, took home trophies, and were recognized for being leaders in their community. Other nominees included Huu-ay-aht Councillor John Jack and Hupacasath member Jolleen Dick, as well as Eric Waldriff, Kris Patterson, Michelle Lapointe and Rebecca Palmer.
James says this is a true honour, and one that he believes reflects well on the Nation. It really says something about Huu-ay-aht that two of the nine nominees from this area represent the Nation, he explains.
“It shows the commitment and value we add to the community around us,” he says. “The work we are doing is complex and high profile, and it is being recognized outside our area.”
He believes the work he has done with Huu-ay-aht played an important part in his win, but James also believes his personal story helped him gain recognition.
“I dropped out of school in Grade 9, but eventually completed my upgrading and now have three university certifications behind me now, including a masters degree,” he explains. “That, and the fact that I worked myself across the country in senior positions at a very young age, makes me kind of unique.”
He says it is a great honour to get nominated and pretty exciting to win, but he did not get there alone.
“It is certainly nice to be recognized,” he says. “But it is important to acknowledge my wife and family, and the part they play here. My wife puts up with the long hours and has supported me through the whole process, I couldn’t have done any of it without her support.”
He says credit should also go to the people who offered him leadership and teachings along the way. This includes the guidance and teachings he has always received from his parents and Elders, and the principaled leadership he has learned from Huu-ay-aht’s Elected Chief Councillor Jeff Cook and Ḥaw̓iiḥ.
James says it is these kinds of relationships that has led to his success.
He adds that it is an honour to be among such a dedicated group of hard-working individuals from all over the Island.
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Councillor John Jack

JohnJack2John Jack was born and raised on the East Coast of Vancouver Island, in and around Parksville. He is a member of Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a Nuu-chah-nulth Nations whose traditional territory is in the Barkley Sound, around Bamfield.

John is serving his second term as an elected councillor for Huu-ay-aht First Nations. He also represents his Treaty Nation on the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. He was one of the first Aboriginal representatives to hold a seat in municipal government in British Columbia.

After graduating with distinction from his Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies from the Vancouver Island University, he held a number of positions within Huu-ay-aht, but his current role allows him to work close to the citizens and Huu-ay-aht staff. As councillor, John holds Economic Development, Law & Policy Development and he is also Representative to the LNG Project Development Panel.

He has a keen interest in media, politics, current affairs, film and documentaries, technology, culture, history and extropy. He is newly married to Crystal Jack.

Huu-ay-aht featured in Douglas magazine

Honouring the past, exploring the future. Councillor John Alan Jack “admits that mentioning First Nations in a room full of business executives might conjure up anti-business obstructionism stereotypes. But these are old, increasingly inaccurate perceptions, says the 33-year-old elected Huu-ay-aht councillor, part of a vanguard of young Aboriginal leaders working hard to show that First Nations can stay true to cultural roots while being progressive in business.”

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