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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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Huu-ay-aht leaders represent initiative of interest to Nation at UBCM

A delegation from Huu-ay-aht First Nations will join other leadership at this week’s Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) in Whistler this week.

UBCM is an opportunity for provincial leaders to discuss topics of interest on a local level. This year Chief Councillor Robert R. Dennis Sr., Councillor Sheila Charles, and Councillor Trevor Cootes will attend the meeting on September 12 and 13.

“Because we are a self-governing nation, Huu-ay-aht is one of the first First Nations to attend independently,” explains Chief Dennis. “We will be present at the table, sitting down as equals.”

The delegation has a number of meetings set up in advance. The Chief Councillor will sit down with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selena Robinson, to discuss our housing program. He will also meet with Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena to make a case for chip-sealing the Port Alberni-Bamfield Road.

“UBCM allows local government to coordinate with other provincial leaders on the initiatives that are important to us as a Nation,” Dennis said. “We have a unique understanding of what is important to our community and our citizens, and through this meeting we get to sit down, face-to-face, with the people making decisions that will affect all of us.”

Councillor Charles will meet with Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Families. This is an important connection for Huu-ay-aht given the ministry’s recent commitment to accelerate funding to implement the Social Services Panel Recommendations. This will be a chance for Huu-ay-aht to officially express its appreciation to the minister.

Councillor Cootes is meeting with Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, to share Huu-ay-ath’s ideas for revitalizing forestry in the Alberni. He will also share how our forestry guiding principles will guide our discussions with Western Forest Products.

Huu-ay-aht Councillor John Jack is also in Whistler for UBCM. He is there representing the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District as Huu-ay-aht representative on ACRD and its current chair.

Huu-ay-aht and Western Forest Products continue to work together pursuant to the Reconciliation Protocol Agreement

Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX: WEF) announce that they are working together to explore potential alternative ownership structures in Huu-ay-aht’s traditional territories pursuant to the Reconciliation Protocol Agreement. This collaborative effort may also involve other First Nations with traditional territories in the Alberni Valley over the next several years. Western and Huu-ay-aht both strongly believe that working together will benefit the community, region and forestry sector.

The shared vision of Huu-ay-aht and Western includes a framework for reconciliation and revitalization of the Alberni Valley forest sector. The framework includes increased participation of area First Nations through tenure ownership, employment and business opportunities, sustained domestic manufacturing, increased training and jobs, effective marketing and valued-added product innovation, and strong environmental stewardship.

For more details, see the Release or go to the Exploring Forestry Opportunities tab on our website.