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Executive Council will address citizen motions at their next meeting

Citizen Motions that were not heard individually at the People’s Assembly will be addressed at the Executive Council meeting on February 28, in Port Alberni. Citizens are invited to attend this meeting.

Any citizen who cannot attend in person and would like their questions, comments, or concerns recorded has a week to submit them. From February 13 to 20, we will be collecting this information. Once recorded, all feedback will be shared with Executive Council when they are addressing the related Citizen Motion.

If you would like to share your feedback, please call the Port Alberni Government Office at 250-723-0100 or email communications@huuayaht.org.

Executive Council meeting agenda – Thursday, February 28

Angela Wesley named Treaty Commissioner

Congratulations to Angela Wesley on her appointment to the BC Treaty Commission.

Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, has issued the following statement to mark B.C.’s appointment of a new commissioner with the BC Treaty Commission:

“The Province of British Columbia congratulates Angela Wesley on her two-year appointment as provincial commissioner with the BC Treaty Commission.

“Angela brings tremendous experience and knowledge to the commission. She played a key role in negotiating the Maa-nulth Treaty on behalf of Huu-ay-aht First Nations and continues to work on the treaty implementation team with B.C. and Canada, as well as serving as Speaker in the Huu-ay-aht Legislature.

“Angela’s expertise and insight will provide valuable guidance for ongoing treaty negotiations throughout B.C., as we work with federal and First Nations partners to transform modern treaty-making to better support Indigenous self-determination and the recognition of inherent title and rights.

“I also want to recognize retiring treaty commissioner Tom Happynook, of Huu-ay-aht First Nations, for his dedication and energy in helping advance many negotiations over the past four years.

“A number of challenging negotiations have benefited thanks to Tom’s guidance and experience from leading the negotiations and implementation of the Maa-nulth Treaty.

“On behalf of the Province, I extend my deepest gratitude to both Angela and Tom for their roles in advancing meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in British Columbia, as part of the commission.”

Huu-ay-aht announces citizen distribution

Huu-ay-aht First Nations Executive Council wishes to notify citizens that it will be using $250,000 from the 2017 Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses dividend for a distribution to Citizens.

Each citizen will receive a dividend of $300 from the Nation. As per the distribution administration policy, dividend shares of a minor (under the age of 19) must be placed in trust. As with dividends in the past, parents or guardians can apply to receive the money for their minor dependents. These applications can be made beginning in January 2019. The application can be found online at: Distribution application.

All citizens who are not minors can pick up their cheques between December 12 and 14. Anacla residents can pick up their cheques at the Anacla Government Office. All other citizens can pick them up at the Port Alberni Government Office. Any remaining cheques that were not picked up will be mailed out at 4 p.m. on December 14.

If you have any questions, please call the office at 250-723-0100 for more information.

Huu-ay-aht returns to Specific Claims Tribunal

Huu-ay-aht First Nations and legal counsel from Ratcliff & Company were presenting a Huu-ay-aht claim against Canada before the Specific Claims Tribunal last week in Vancouver.

The claim is connected to the timber claim that Huu-ay-aht won in 2016, but addresses the logging roads on and timber hauled through former Numukamis IR1 between the late 1940s and early 1980s.

Chief Councillor Robert Dennis (Emchaiik) and Hereditary Chief Jeff Cook (Yał luu?a) were witnesses at the hearing to provide information on their recollections of the Mainline Road and its impacts, forestry activity, and practices in the Sarita Valley. They also shared their perspectives on whether Canada upheld its obligations to the Nation in respect of the agreements reached for MacMillan Bloedel’s use of the logging roads on Huu-ay-aht’s reserve.