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BC travel restrictions delay Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ Old Growth Summit

November 22, 2021  By Huu-ay-aht First Nations

Huu-ay-aht First Nations has decided to postpone the Old Growth Summit until 2022, following the announcement of the State of Emergency by the Province of British Columbia.

Tayii Ḥaw̓ił ƛiišin (Head Hereditary Chief Derek Peters) and Elected Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis, Sr. will host the Anacla Old-Growth Summit in the new year when it is safe and practical for people to travel again. At that time, the Nation looks forward to holding the Summit to address important issues such as old-growth management and process for Huu-ay-aht’s Hišuk ma c̕awak Integrated Resource Management Plan (HIRMP), as well as hear from experts in the field.

“Safety of the panel, invited guests, and our team is always our top priority,” explained Tayii Ḥaw̓ił ƛiišin. “We must honour the new measures put into place this week by the province. These are unprecedented times, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding and wish everyone well who is affected. At this time, we are reminded of the importance of our three Sacred Principles of ʔiisaak (utmost respect), ʔuuʔałuk (taking care of), and hišuk ma c̕awak (everything is one) and use them to guide us.”

Huu-ay-aht will release details on when the Old Growth Summit will take place in 2022 as soon as they are made.


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