The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District celebrated April Fools Day with some serious news: the historic expansion of the board by two members.
On April 1 the board of directors increased from 10 to 12 members with the addition of the Huu-ay-aht and Yuułu?ił?ath Nations. Their inclusion at the board continues the implementation of the Maa-nulth Treaty.
“We Welcome representation of Huu-ay-aht and Yuułu?ił?ath Nations at the board,” ACRD chair Glenn Wong said.
They will provide broader inclusion and expanded co-operation among the communities within the regional district.”
The first official board meeting with all 12 directors will be Wednesday, April 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the regional district board room, 3008 Fifth Ave.
The meeting will start with a welcoming ceremony. A commissioner for taking affidavits will be on hand to conduct the oaths of office for the new treaty First Nation directors.
This is unprecedented in British Columbia for a regional district to grow by two new members representing First Nations.
In the future both the Toquaht and Uchucklesaht Nations will also join. In the meantime, they remain as observers able to attend and follow regional district business in advance of their formal participation.