Tribes to be sworn in at ACRD

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.

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.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vancouver Island University appoints Dr. Judith Sayers as chancellor

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council president is considered a leader in Indigenous rights advocacy

Port Alberni athletes put on fitness ‘FUNdraiser’ for frontline workers

Outdoor boot camp will be limited to 50, with donations helping frontline workers’ mental health

Bamfield residents, visitors pressure province as anniversary of fatal crash approaches

Letter-writing campaign makes ‘heartfelt, emotional pleas’ to improve road conditions

Airforce search and rescue helicopter drops in at Cameron Lake for training

Distinctive yellow CH-149 Cormorant turns heads after using Island lake for impromptu hoist

QUINN’S QUIPS: What makes a building historically significant?

There’s a difference between heritage designation and a heritage register

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

Garbage truck knocks down lamp post onto pickup in north Nanaimo

Emergency crews respond to Dickinson Crossing plaza mall Friday afternoon

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

VIDEO: World responds to B.C. girl after pandemic cancels birthday party

Dozens of cards and numerous packages were delivered to six-year-old Charlie Manning

Most Read