Resource management

Huu-ay-aht is working on a resource management plan for the territory – BC Local News


The Sarita Estuary lies at the heart of the hahuułi (traditional territory) of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations and has been a source of food, transportation and cultural value for nations for generations. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

FOREST WEEK: Huu-ay-aht is working on a resource management plan for the territory

Hišuk ma c̕awak a guiding principle for Huu-ay-aht ḥahuułi

HiÅ¡uk ma c’awak (All is One) is a Nuu-chah-nulth principle that describes the essential balance of nature, or the “web of life”. Many Huu-ay-aht stories tell about the complex and strong relationship between humans and all of nature. In keeping with these traditions, the Huu-ay-aht First Nations instill this guiding principle in the management of resources within their hahuułi (traditional territory).

As part of their broader commitment to cooperative forest planning, Huu-ay-aht engaged with Western Forest Products and other forest tenure holders within their hahuułi to begin developing the Integrated Forest Management Plan. HiÅ¡uk ma c’awak resources in order to define new cooperative planning and decisions. -manufacturing process relating to operations on natural resources in Huu-ay-aht hahuułi.

The process is expected to take approximately two years, but will be continuously monitored and reviewed thereafter to ensure continued effectiveness.

The planning process aims to create a coordinated harvest, reserve and forestry strategy for the whole of Hahuułi that takes into account the ecosystem interconnections that connect all parts of the territory, despite the mosaic of formal jurisdictions across the landscape.

This work will allow Huu-ay-aht to establish an appropriate annual allowable cut (AAC) for their treaty lands and will inform the AAC for Crown tenures and TFL 44 in Hahuułi.

This Huu-ay-aht-led initiative is overseen by the Huu-ay-aht Hawiih Council (Hereditary Chiefs) and the Elected Executive Council and will receive ongoing feedback from the citizens of Huu-ay-aht through a committee of citizen oversight and broad community engagement. Several forestry and natural resources experts who have supported and advised the Nation for many years remain in place to support this work which will allow Huu-ay-aht and partner companies to integrate a myriad of environmental, social and cultural values ​​into forest planning. for decades to come.

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