Huu-ay-aht First Nations [Maa-nulth]


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 Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government (Ucluelet). 

For recent updates please see our latest annual report. Please see the Maa-nulth website for additional updates.

The First Nations, Canada, and British Columbia have been implementing their new relationships for over ten 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 710 citizens; Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ has approximately 590 citizens; Toquaht has approximately 150 citizens; Uchucklesaht has approximately 250 citizens; and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ 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

Mark Smith , 604 482 9200
General Counsel and Director of Process
Celeste Haldane , 604 482 9200
Chief Commissioner

Contacts Information

4644 Adelaide Street
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 6N4
Phone: 250.723.0100
Fax: 250.723.4646

Current Negotiations

Stage 6

Negotiation Stage Process

Stage 1: Statement of Intent
Stage 2: Readiness
Readiness documents accepted as complete
First Nation
Table Declared Ready
Tripartite Procedural Agreements Signed
Procedures Agreement
Information Sharing Principles
Stage 3: Framework Agreement
Stage 4: Agreement-in-Principle
Stage 5: Final Agreement
*Since initialing the Final Agreement, the Parties have since reviewed it for inconsistencies and errors, and made certain amendments. The amendments have been confirmed in errata agreements available on Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
Stage 6: Treaty Implemented
Treaty Effective Date


700-1111 Melville Street
Vancouver BC
V6E 3V6
604 482 9200

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