In a special Executive Council meeting last week, members of the Executive Council agreed that COVID-19 and coronavirus present an immediate and significant threat to Huu-ay-aht citizens and staff and to the broader community. Following the lead of various levels of government that have taken extraordinary measures to protect Canadians, the Nation has decided to take more extreme measures.
pandemic is causing a lot of unrest across Canada, and Huu-ay-aht First Nations
wants to ensure citizens are supported during this difficult time.
Huu-ay-aht is offering
financial aid in the amount of $500 to each citizen. The intention of this
funding is to help citizens and their families ride the wave of uncertainty
that is coming in the wake of COVID-19.
ḥaw̓iiḥ leaders want you to know we take this very seriously, and we ask you
to as well and please exercise and practise social distancing,” said Tayii
Ḥaw̓ił ƛiišin Derek Peters. “We also want to reassure our Huu-ay-aht family
that we are working hard, with all the proper professional supports internally
and externally, so that we can serve our citizens accordingly. We rely on your
direction as well, so we are all working together.”
The intent is to provide citizens with this assistance as
quickly as possible. This $500 aid will be provided individually to each
citizen over the age of majority, and adult care providers will also receive
additional funds based on the number of minor citizens in their
Huu-ay-aht can offer this assistance because of the support
the Federal Government has offered First Nations Communities along with Huu-ay-aht
contingency funds. The Nation will continue to access all funding sources
including, but not limited to, First Nations Health Authority and B.C.
Emergency Management and any additional Federal funds that become available.
Please provide us with your banking information for direct deposit by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020. This can be done by filling out the direct deposit form at https://huuayaht.org/how-do-i/ and email them to Colleen.email@example.com. Direct deposit applications received after this deadline will be used for future disbursement of funds to you from the Nation. If you already have direct deposit set up, you will receive your funding this way.
Please ensure your addresses are up to date by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020 if you wish to receive these funds by cheque through Canada Post. Cheques will be mailed early the week of March 30. You can change your mailing address by emailing Vanessa.firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 250-723-0100. There is also a link on the website that allows you to change it online: https://huuayaht.org/how-do-i/change-of-address-form/
No cheque pick up
Because of the threat COVID-19 poses, cheque pick up will
not be available this time.
Dependent Children To ensure that dependent children’s benefit is managed correctly, please call Shannon Zimmerman at 250-720-5797 or by email Shannon.email@example.com. Parents may choose to have their children’s benefit added to their Huu-ay-aht Trust Fund.
As a Nation, we are excited to announce that Huu-ay-aht has reached an agreement with Western Forest Products (Western) to purchase an additional 44% of tenure ownership of TFL 44 and a 7% interest in the Alberni Pacific Division sawmill (APD).
This deal builds on the Reconciliation Protocol Agreement we signed with Western in 2018 and the purchase of a 7% interest in TFL 44 in 2019. Huu-ay-aht and Western have demonstrated a track record of cooperation and a willingness to work together to achieve reconciliation and forestry revitalization. We believe by purchasing this additional tenure, which will give Huu-ay-aht a controlling interest in TFL 44, our Nation can create new opportunities for citizens on our traditional territory and revitalize forestry in the Alberni Region.
“This is an historic step to gain more control over the ḥahuułi of the Huu-ay-aht Ḥaw̓iiḥ (traditional territory of the Hereditary Chiefs),” explains Tayii Ḥaw̓ił ƛiišin (Head Hereditary Chief Derek Peters). “We are proud Huu-ay-aht, and our sacred principles of ʔiisaak (utmost respect), ʔuuʔałuk (taking care of), and Hišuk ma c̕awak (everything is one) will guide us as we create more opportunities for our citizens and more wealth for our Nation in a way that protects those resources for present and future generations.”
Looking forward, this deal addresses key priorities for our Nation. It has the potential to create jobs, training, and business opportunities for Huu-ay-aht citizens close to home, including opening the door for our citizens to become entrepreneurs and operators on our own land.
majority owner, we will be able to advance Huu-ay-aht’s forestry principles and,
over time, the deal will provide real benefits for Huu-ay-aht citizens,
including the opportunity to diversify our economy and manage our forest
resources in accordance with our sacred principles,” says Chief Councillor
Robert J. Dennis Sr. “Through this deal, Huu-ay-aht will have increased
revenues from the forestry sector to support further watershed renewal projects
and programs and services for Huu-ay-aht citizens.”
This agreement has the full support of Executive Council, has
been endorsed by the Ḥaw̓iiḥ Council, and requires the approval of Huu-ay-aht citizens.
“This is a positive example of the strong relationship that exists between leadership the citizens and the Hereditary Chiefs,” says Tayii Ḥaw̓ił ƛiišin. “We have a good negotiation team in place, and we have confidence that the agreement reached honours our ancient spirit and modern mind.”
We will continue to provide information, answer questions, and ensure citizens have enough information to make an informed decision when the time comes to vote on the deal at a future People’s Assembly.
Click on the links below for the full video statement, news release, backgrounder, and TFL 44 area map:
Huu-ay-aht leadership met with MP Gord Johns on Tuesday to
discuss the Nations plans when it comes to housing in its territory.
The meeting was in part an opportunity to reconnect with the
Member of Parliament since his re-election in the fall, but also to chance to update
him on the progress Huu-ay-aht is making in housing. Chief Councillor Robert J.
Dennis Sr. updated Johns on the work of the Housing Panel. Johns received a
copy of the final report of the Housing Panel prior to the meeting, so he was
familiar with how much work has recently gone into planning the future of
Chief Dennis explained that Huu-ay-aht is looking at ways to
implement the 14 recommendations made by the Housing Panel. He also expressed
his hope that Johns would help them make the right contacts to expediate their
efforts to receive support and funding from the Federal Government.
Johns gave the Nation his word that he would connect them
with the people who hold portfolios relevant to housing and infrastructure. He
said the fact that Huu-ay-aht is contributing a significant amount of money
will be well received in Ottawa. He said it shows Huu-ay-aht is willing to make
a significant investment, and it should make them more successful in obtaining
funds from other levels of government. He offered a few tips on who to talk to
and where to look for funding, as well.
“You’re the best at presenting information, and I am always happy
to advocate for Huu-ay-aht First Nations,” Johns said. “I can make sure you are
talking to the right people and we just have to use the tools we have in Ottawa
to move this forward.”
He added that Huu-ay-aht is already known in Ottawa as a
Nation who leads the way and gets things done, due in part to the Nation’s
success with the Social Services Panel recommendations.
The meeting wrapped up with a brief update on the work Johns
has been doing in fisheries and an update on the Bamfield Road.