Huu-ay-aht Culture

Learn more about the Indigenous culture of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation in Bamfield, BC.

The Huu-ay-aht First Nations is a self-governing modern treaty Nation whose lands cover the Barclay Sound on the Vancouver Island’s west coast, in the Anacla region between Bamfield and Port Alberni.

First Nations canoe

The Nation is a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council with close to 750 residents living in and around the area of Bamfield, BC. The traditional language is Nuu-chah-nulth.

The Huu-ay-aht First Nation Council and Hereditary Chiefs (Ha’wiih) are developing opportunities to engage in responsible and sustainable economic development to forward their vision of working together and establishing a healthy, self-sustaining community.

With a historic role as caretakers of the lands, waters, and resources of their Cheifly Territories (Ha-houlthee), the Huu-ay-aht Ha’wiih work with an Elected Council to develop informed business practices that are guided by the long-held principles of iisaak (respect), uu-a-thluk (taking care of), and hishuk tsa’wak (everything is connected).