Creating a Future As Rich as Our Past.

Campground Investment Shows Results

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 in Featured | 1 comment

After a stellar season serving Bamfield residents and visitors, staff members at the HFN group of businesses are excited to share the results. General Manager Charlie Clappis called 2015 a “rewarding year” because “we started to see the results of our investments.” Those investments included improvements at the campground, which have drawn positive comments from users. “People are blown away,” Charlie says. “Each year it gets better and better.”

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Benefits Continue from Guardian Program

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 in Featured | 0 comments

Twenty years ago Nuu-chah-nulth Nations and Parks Canada launched a partnership that would see aboriginal guardians caring for the West Coast Trail. As one of three nations involved in the partnership, Huu-ay-aht First Nations embraced the responsibility to maintain 15 kilometres of this world-famous destination.

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The 2014/15 Annual Report

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 in Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The 2014/15 Annual Report is now available. This report summarizes our business activities from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 and shares the highlights from a group of businesses designed to achieve the economic vision of Huu-ay-aht citizens and leaders.

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Fisheries Business Provides Opportunities

Posted on May 22, 2015 in Featured | 0 comments

Fishing stocks may have had their ups and downs over the years, but several opportunities spearheaded by the HFN Fisheries LP are providing important benefits to HFN citizens today.

One of several limited partnerships managed by the HFN group of businesses, the HFN Fisheries LP includes commercial fishing licences and quota that enable Huu-ay-aht citizens to stay connected to our ocean roots. These commercial fishing licences provide opportunities to harvest halibut, rockfish, salmon, and prawns. Additionally, the Fisheries LP holds assorted groundfish quota, eight clam licences, and a new wild oyster licence.

“Two of the salmon licences are fished by two different Huu- ay-aht fishermen,” says Kathy Happynook, administrator for Aquatrust, the non-profit society contracted to manage the fishing licences. “The halibut and groundfish licences are also fished by Huu-ay-aht fishermen.”

Francis Mickey is one of those fishermen, fishing halibut and rockfish from his 37-foot long liner, Tryon. “I’ve been fishing all my life,” Francis says. “My dad was a long liner so that’s how I started. It has been a long learning process, but well worth it for my family’s future.”

Oyster Harvest in Pipestem Inlet

For Francis, HFN licences are important, not only for his own career, but also for the opportunities they provide to all HFN citizens. “I hope to see more citizens become fishermen…so we can benefit fairly from all communal licences an quota,” he says.

A partnership with the Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Development Corporation provides opportunities for Huu-ay-aht harvesters.

Other fishermen involved in the Huu-ay-aht fisheries include Gary Billy, who fishes a salmon gillnet licence, and James Nookemus, who fishes a salmon troll licence. Each year, these Huu-ay-aht fishermen compete with non-Huu-ay-aht fishers for the privilege to fish the licences. “Being a Huu-ay-aht citizen is helpful during the bidding process, but our guys are very competitive,” says Kathy Happynook.

Other harvest opportunities under the HFN Fisheries LP extend to the shellfish industry. Currently the HFN group of businesses is exploring a new partnership with the Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Development Corporation (NSDC) known as the Local Gathering Initiative. Under this initiative, Tommy Joe, Mitch McPhee, and Larry Johnson spent two days harvesting approximately 7,400 pounds of wild oysters in Pipestem Inlet.

“The idea is to create opportunities for four to six people to harvest clams, oysters, gooseneck barnacles, and kelp throughout the year,” says Larry of the overall initiative. “We would like to market the products under the Nootka brand owned by NSDC for the six member nations.”

For the time being, the oysters will be sold through a partnership with Evening Cove Oysters Processing Ltd., a small company in Nanaimo. “They are helping us get into the branding of our product,” Larry says enthusiastically.

The harvest at Pipestem was the “first annual” wild oyster harvest for the HFN Fisheries LP, but Larry sees the business expanding and tapping into unique, high-end markets in the Lower Mainland and beyond. He notes that few people harvest wild oysters today. “It’s a small piece in a very big puzzle that we’re trying to put together by creating a vertically integrated seafood business.”

That seafood business is just one of the opportunities available to Huu-ay-aht citizens through the HFN Fisheries LP; and with staff and citizens working hard to expand and improve fisheries access and capacity, those opportunities will continue to improve.

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Training Boosts Skills and Confidence

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 in Featured | 0 comments

When opportunity knocks, it’s often wise to answer. That’s exactly what three employees from the HFN group of businesses did this winter when presented with the opportunity to attend a training session hosted by the City of Port Alberni.

Sarah Johnson, Duane Nookemis Sr., and Trevor Cootes took part in two of three supervisory training sessions last November and again this February. The goal of the training? To increase confidence, responsibilities, and skills on the job, and to ready employees for future opportunities within the HFN group.

Mandatory for City of Port Alberni employees holding supervisory roles, the training was extended to the HFN group through the City’s Human Resource department. “If you have the passion to move up in the workplace, then this training is a great stepping stone,” says Johnson.

Read the full winter update here. 

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Fall 2014 Economic Update

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The busy summer season has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean things are grinding to a halt at the Market in Bamfield. Despite reduced hours, the local restaurant, grocery, and liquor store owned and operated by the HFN group of businesses is continuing to improve products and services.

After a good season where sales increased over the same time last year despite a drop in community visitors, transitional business managers John Mass and Sheryl Ferguson are renewing community partnerships and offering opportunities to citizens interested in working in the hospitality industry.

For the second year in a row, the Market won the contract to serve daily lunches at the Bamfield Community School. Once per month, Bamfield residents also have the opportunity to enjoy those meals through a themed luncheon served at the school. “In October, more than fifty people (including students) enjoyed our Thanksgiving-themed meal,” said Market Manager, John Mass. “There was so much demand, we had to turn people away at the door who didn’t have a reservation.” To secure a spot for the November meal, Mass suggests reserving ahead of time by calling the Bamfield Community School at 250-728-1220.

Read the full economic update for fall 2014. 

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