Huu-ay-aht People’s Assembly is only a month away

To all Huu-ay-aht Citizens,

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the annual People’s Assembly will be held on November 19 and 20 at the Alberni Athletic Hall at 3727 Roger Street, Port Alberni. Opening ceremonies for the session will commence at 9:00 a.m. on November 19.

The Proposed Agenda, including proposed motions to be considered, is attached.

The formal session of the People’s Assembly will form part of the Huu-ay-aht Citizens Conference taking place from November 18  –  20th   at  the  Alberni  Athletic  Hall  and  the Barclay Hotel.

For the Complete agenda follow the link: People’s Assembly Agenda

Register now for Special People’s Assembly

Huu-ay-aht First Nations is hosting a Special People’s Assembly on December 17, 2015.

The meeting will involve discussion and a vote on a proposed land purchase by Huu-ay-aht First Nations. Some properties provide business opportunities, while other are an opportunity to reacquire important Huu-ay-aht traditional lands. The details are highly confidential, but more information will be shared with Citizens during the December 17 meeting.

This meeting will take place at the Best Western Barclay Hotel in Port Alberni, from 3 to 9 p.m., but citizens will also have the option to attend at satellite locations in Burnaby and Anacla. If Port Alberni is the most convenient location, travel assistance will be offered from the Nation, but there will be no accommodations or child minding supplied.

The motion to be addressed is:


  1. A number of properties have recently become available for purchase (“the Properties”);
  2. The Huu-ay-aht government has determined that the Properties have the potential to provide short-, medium- and long-term business opportunities, as well as offering an opportunity to re-acquire important Huu-ay-aht traditional lands;
  3. The Huu-ay-aht government has conducted preliminary financial analysis, business analysis, inspections and other studies regarding the Properties;
  4. The Land Act, s. 5 requires that before land with a fair market value of over $1,000,000 is acquired by a Huu-ay-aht body, excluding an Huu-ay-aht business, the People’s Assembly must approve the acquisition;
  5. Whether or not the purchase of the Properties requires People’s Assembly approval under the Land Act in this case, Executive Council wishes to have the approval of the People’s Assembly before proceeding with this purchase;

Be it resolved that the People’s Assembly hereby approves the purchase of the Properties by Huu-ay-aht First Nations, directly, or through a Huu-ay-aht business enterprise, as soon as practicable.

Due to the private nature of the material being shared at the People’s Assembly, this motion will likely be adjusted prior to the vote.

Citizens will be contacted to help them register, but if you would like to register prior to that, you can call the Port Alberni Government Office or fill out the online form on this site, under Our Government(online form).

Citizens travelling to Port Alberni can take advantage of vans that will be offering rides to and from Victoria and Nanaimo. If the vans fill up or Citizens would rather drive, gas card will be available to cover their expenses. Citizens must register in advance for gas cards. No ferry cards, accommodations or child minding will be supplied.

Huu-ay-aht will also be giving away five $100 gift cards and will hand out the Citizenship Cards that were completed at the November 21 People’s Assembly.

The satellite locations will be in Anacla, at the Anacla Government Office, and Burnaby, at the Executive Hotel and Conference Centre (4201 Lougheed Highway). Citizens at these sites will be able to watch the main meeting, ask questions and vote on the motion.

The proposed schedule for the meeting is as follows:

3 p.m. – Citizen sign-in begins

4 p.m. – Speaker calls session to order

4-6:30 p.m. – Proposed land purchase and vote

6:30-7:30 p.m. – Dinner

7:30 p.m. – Continue session, adjourn by 9 p.m. after gift raffle

If you require more information or need help registering, call the Port Alberni Government Office (250-723-0100) or the Anacla Government Office (1-888-644-4555).

Livestream of the 2015 People’s Assembly

Huu-ay-aht will be livestreaming the 2015 People’s Assembly. We will be streaming Friday night, Saturday all day and Sunday morning. You will also be able to send comments and questions through this livestreaming service. You will not however be allowed to vote online. All voting must be done in person at the People’s Assembly.

Click the links below for the appropriate days.

 Click here for Friday            Click here for Saturday        Click here for Sunday

Friday (3)      Friday (1)      Friday (2)

One week for the People’s Assembly 2015

Did you know that last year’s event broke the previous turnout record? In 2013, approximately 138 eligible voters attended the event in two locations. Charlie Clappis, General Manager for Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses, had initially predicted 170 eligible voters for 2014. In the end, more than 300 citizens of all ages participated in the two-day gathering.

On Saturday morning, November 21, you are invited to have breakfast and, as the Nations’ ancestors used to teach, also internalize the messages offered by a keynote speaker (TBD).

Read more about the event here.

Submit your motions for the People’s Assembly 2015!

What would you like to see Huu-ay-aht accomplish within the next four years?

You can answer this question or send your proposals as motions. They can be made on any subject. If you require assistance in the wording of them, the Law Clerk, Kim Chretien, and if necessary legal counsel, is available to help at no cost. If you would like assistance, please contact us as soon as possible and, in any event, by November 2nd to allow us time to draft it before the deadline.

Motions submitted on November 3rd, 2015 will be added to the agenda for the People’s Assembly and included in the public notice. We strongly encourage citizens wishing to bring a motion to do so timely. Motions made after that date can be walked in, but there is no guarantee that they will be considered –the People’s Assembly will need to vote to add them to the agenda. In addition, the Executive Council will prepare and circulate reports on any motions on the agenda as of November 3rd, 2015, allowing you to be informed on the issues they will be asked to consider.

The People’s Assembly is on November 20th, 21st and 22nd this year. You must register by filling the PDF/online form here  or calling 250-723-0100.  Accommodations at the Best Western Barclay and childminding will be supplied for the event.

People’s Assembly updates

Notice of motions

Send your motions here! or call Coraleah Johnson at 250.723.0100, Ext. 224.

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