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: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

 

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.

Notice of Posting of Voters’ List for the March 25, 2017 Referendum

Notice is hereby given pursuant to the Huu-ay-aht Election Act that the Voters’ List for the March 25, 2017 Referendum as authorized under the Referendum and Recall Act by Executive Council will be available for public inspection from February 24, 2017 until the close of voting on March 25, 2017.

Voters’ lists will be available for inspection at:
• Anacla Government Office, 170 Nookemus Rd, Anacla, during normal business
hours, or
• Port Alberni Government Office, 4644 Adelaide Street, Port Alberni during normal
business hours.

Those wishing to inspect the Voters’ List must agree in writing not to use or disclose the information on the list except for purposes of the Election Act.

All Huu-ay-aht citizens who have achieved the age of 18 as of March 25, 2017 are eligible to be
included on the Voters List.

The Election Commissioner is responsible for the fair, efficient, accessible and transparent
conduct of the elections under the Election Act. The duties and powers of the Election
Commissioner are detailed in Division 1 of the Election Act.

Kit Spence has been appointed as Election Commissioner and may be contacted by telephone
at 1-250-881-0142 or by email at HFN_Election_Commissioner@shaw.ca

Click here for the official Public Notice

Public Notice of Referendum Vote

Click here for the official Notice of Referendum

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Article 3 (b) of the Huu-ay-aht Referendum and Recall Act that there will be a referendum vote on March 25, 2017. The following question will be asked:

 

“Do you approve the proposed Huu-ay-aht Sarita LNG Project?”

Voting Day : Saturday March 25, 2017.
Polls open: 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Polling Stations
Port Alberni                                                                                                   Anacla
Best Western Barclay Hotel,                                                       House of Huu-ay-aht 
477 Stamp Avenue                                                                                                      

All eligible voters will receive a mail-in ballot package. Mail-in ballots must be received by the Election Commissioner before 12:00 noon on March 25, 2017 to be eligible. Any voter can vote in person or by mail-in ballot.

Voters will be required to provide photo identification. If a voter does not have identification satisfactory to the election officials, he or she may be required to complete a solemn declaration attesting to their identity.

Kit Spence has been appointed as Election Commissioner and may be contacted by telephone at 1-250-881-0142 or by email at HFN_Election_Commissioner@shaw.ca

The Election Commissioner is responsible for the fair, efficient, accessible and transparent conduct of the elections under the Election Act. The duties and powersof the Election Commissioner are detailed in Division 1 of the Election Act.

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.

 

Adobe If you do not have Adobe Reader installed, please click here

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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