On April 27th and 28th 2010, Ecotrust Canada was invited to participate in the Ahousaht First Nation Annual General Meeting. This was an excellent opportunity to hear from the community and get a sense of the real issues that are important to the Ahousaht membership.

It was also a chance for good conversation in a community that is central to our work. Neil Hughes, Mike Davis, Stephanie Hughes, and Geoff Taylor manned a booth at the event, catching up with old friends, making new connections, and talking about Ecotrust Canada’s work. There was a certain excitement in the air throughout the event fueled by Ahousaht’s many recent accomplishments, along with the Vancouver Canucks’ game seven playoff win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Over the course of the three day meeting reports were presented by Ahousaht Chief and Council and administration. These presentations reflected both the current needs and concerns of the community, but also the many innovative projects and initiatives that the community is involved in.

Ahousaht is responsible for making some very important decisions regarding ocean, forest, and mineral resources on their traditional territory in the near future. Ecotrust Canada and other partner organizations have had the good fortune to work with Ahousaht to review management options, so that Ahousaht can make decisions that support their vision for the future. Anne Sam of the Canadian Boreal Initiative, Stephen Ellis of the Lutsel K’e First Nations (NWT), and Eduardo Sousa of the Clayoquot Conservation Alliance were all on hand to give excellent presentations on future options for resource management in Ahousaht traditional territory.

In the past few years, Ecotrust Canada has also been working with Ahousaht on a number of other projects including Healthy Foods/Healthy Communities, Ecosystem-Goods and Services, and the Qwii-qwiq-sap (Standing Tree to Standing Home) Project. Ecotrust Canada would like to thank the Ahousaht First Nation for being the best of partners and hopes to maintain this relationship far into the future.