Huu-ay-aht First Nations [Maa-nulth]
The Huu-ay-aht First Nations is one of five First Nations signatory to the Maa-nulth First Nations Treaty that came into effect on April 1, 2011. The five First Nations, were former Indian Act bands, and become self-governing through the Maanulth treaty, which is being implemented by the five independent governments: Huu‑ay‑aht First Nations, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nation, Toquaht Nation, Uchucklesaht Tribe, and Yuułu ił ath Government (Ucluelet).
The First Nations, Canada, and British Columbia have been implementing their new relationships for over seven years. The treaty recognizes and transfers ownership and jurisdiction of 24,550 hectares of land to the First Nations and a one-time capital transfer payment of $73.1 million over 10 years. In addition, it provides $1.2 million annually in resource royalty payments for 25 years and $9.5 million annually for program funding.
Huu‑ay‑aht has approximately 730 citizens; Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ has approximately 580 citizens; Toquaht has approximately 155 citizens; Uchucklesaht has approximately 230 citizens; and Yuułu ił ath has approximately 675 citizens. The traditional territory is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island surrounding Barkley and Kyuquot Sounds. Maa-nulth First Nations have overlapping and/or shared territory with their First Nation neighbours: Ditidaht, Hupacasath, Tla-o-qui-aht, and Tseshaht.
BC Treaty Commission Contacts
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 6N4