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Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood wins BC Indigenous Business Award

Awardees of the tenth annual BC Indigenous Business Awards were announced Monday night (October 15) by the BC Achievement Foundation, the program’s presenting organization. This year the Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood LP won in the category of Indigenous Business – Business Partnership of the Year.

The awards were handed out at a gala dinner ceremony on October 15, 2018 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. A delegate from Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood and Huu-ay-aht First Nations attended the event.

The BC Indigenous Business Awards were launched in 2008 to honour and celebrate business excellence. A total of 16 Indigenous businesses, entrepreneurs, partnership entities, and community-owned enterprises will be recognized at this year’s gala dinner.

The BC Indigenous Business Awards are:

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Skywest Environmental Inc.
Williams Lake

Outstanding Business Achievement

  • Van – Isle Auto Brokers, VictoriaBusiness of the Year – one-to-two person enterprise
    Ay Lelum-The Good House of Design
    NanaimoOutstanding Business Achievement
  • Second Pass Forestry Ltd. , KamloopsBusiness of the Year – three-to-10 person enterprise
    Reciprocal Consulting
    West VancouverOutstanding Business Achievement
  • Haida Style Expeditions, Skidegate
  • Kootenay Waste Services Ltd., NelsonBusiness of the Year – 11+ more person enterprise
    Mussell Crane Manufacturing
    ChilliwackOutstanding Business Achievement
  • Kikinaw Energy Services Ltd., Fort St. JohnCommunity-Owned Business of the Year – one entity
    Yucwmenlúcwu (Caretakers of the Land) LLP
    EnderbyOutstanding Business Achievement
  • Painted Rock Aggregates & Contracting LLP , Savona
  • Quilakwa Investments , EnderbyCommunity-Owned Business of the Year – two or more entities
    Kanaka Bar Land and Resource LP
    LyttonBusiness Partnership of the Year
    Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Limited Partnership
    Port AlberniOutstanding Business Achievement
  • Cariboo Aboriginal Forestry Enterprises Ltd., Williams LakeIndividual Achievement Award
    Chief Gordon Planes – Hya-Quatcha

(Photograph Courtesy of Munro Thompson  Communications Inc – Brandon Thompson)

Kwispaa LNG reaches major milestone with filing of the project description with provincial and federal regulators

Kwispaa LNG has entered the next phase of project development with the submission of the Project Description to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The Project Description provides a comprehensive overview of Kwispaa LNG and represents the culmination of several years of engagement and planning, the results of which have been integrated into ongoing environmental studies and engineering work.

Unique among Canadian LNG projects, Kwispaa LNG is being developed through a co-management relationship between Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations. As part of this collaborative approach, the Kwispaa LNG team has been undertaking joint environmental studies and engagement with First Nations and local communities.

“From the beginning, we have believed in developing LNG projects in Canada that emphasize relationships with First Nations and respect their role as stewards of the environment,” said Steelhead LNG CEO Nigel Kuzemko. “The Project Description that we have submitted to regulators reflects our shared commitment with Huu-ay-aht First Nations to provide Canadian natural gas to global markets in a way that generates long-lasting benefits to First Nations, local communities, British Columbia, and Canada.”

“We are incredibly proud of the special co-management relationship that we have formed for Kwispaa LNG,” said Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. “We look forward to continuing to work together with Steelhead throughout the environmental assessment process to ensure that this project achieves world-leading outcomes for the environment and our people for generations to come.”

“We at Huu-ay-aht believe Kwispaa LNG represents a new model for economic success on significant projects in Canada,” said Huu-ay-aht Councillor and Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Chairperson John Jack. “This project will create meaningful revenues, jobs, and business opportunities for Huu-ay-aht Citizens and our neighbouring communities, as well as generate ongoing tax revenue at a local, provincial, and federal level.”

The filing of the Project Description with the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will allow them to work with Kwispaa LNG to establish the scope of the environmental assessment of the project.  Extensive First Nations and community engagement to date by Kwispaa LNG has already identified areas of particular interest, such as marine shipping, which will be a focus of environmental studies.

Throughout the environmental assessment process, there will be multiple opportunities for public participation and input. The Kwispaa LNG team will also continue to engage with First Nations, communities, and stakeholders regarding the project, and welcomes feedback and comments.

This important project milestone follows other key milestones achieved by the Kwispaa LNG team, including: a Huu-ay-aht citizen referendum strongly supporting the project and execution of project-life agreements between Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations in 2017; the shortlisting of three global EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractors and launch of a contract tendering process for Kwispaa LNG’s At-Shore LNGTM production units and onshore facilities in August 2018;  and the successful completion of an innovative contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries for the design and construction of Kwispaa LNG’s At-Shore LNGTM production unit hulls in September 2018.

Huu-ay-aht celebrates its Ancient Spirit, Modern Mind

It’s that time of year again. Time to gather with friends and family to address some of the Nations’ business and to celebrate Huu-ay-aht’s culture together.

Huu-ay-aht will be hosting its annual People’s Assembly on November 3-4, 2018. Those traveling from out of town will be able to check into their hotels on Friday, November 2, 2018. This year’s theme is Ancient Spirit, Modern Mind.

Stay up to date with the current information by visiting https://huuayaht.org/peoples-assembly-2018/ or following our Facebook page.

It’s important to register soon by going to the website address above and filling out the form. You can also call either of the government offices and they will take your registration over the phone. The early bird deadline for registering is October 19, and the final deadline is October 26. After that cutoff, we cannot guarantee your accommodations or travel expenses can be arranged for you in time.

This is going to be a great People’s Assembly, as always, so please make sure you do not miss out. Register early!!

We are also calling for nominations for Citizen of the Year. Awards will be handed out to an elder, citizen and youth of the year. The nomination forms are on out website.

See you there!

General Local Election 2018

Citizens in the Anacla and Bamfield area who are eligible to vote, can do so on Saturday, October 20, 2018 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Bamfield Fire Hall (352 Pachena Rd, bamfield, BC).

For more details click the link: Alberni-Clayoquot Reginal District/School District No. 70 – General Local Election 2018

Huu-ay-aht Voting Information General Local Election 2018

Burn Notice

HFN Forestry LP will be conducting a burn program to burn slash piles for reforestation an hazard abatement on the N1A, K3N, Treaty Settlement Land tenures and Private Land (see attached map) during the period of October 9, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

For more details, click the link: https://huuayaht.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/burn-plan-public-notice-2018.pdf

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