Anacla & Port Alberni – Today the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Chief and Council, Hawiih and Constitution Committee announced that on Saturday, April 28th, 2007 the Huu-ay-aht Constitution was overwhelmingly approved by the Huu-ay-aht people.
The Huu-ay-aht Constitution was passed with a percentage of 80.4% "yes" and 19% "no". With three polling stations and the option of mail in ballots, 65% of Eligible Voters came out and voted.
"On Saturday, April 28, 2007 the Huu-ay-aht people made a courageous and bold decision on behalf of our children seven generations from now. The Huu-ay-aht people were not afraid to make a decision that would ensure a better life for our future generations. A decision like this should be commended rather than criticized. This decision has captured the voice of the Huu-ay-aht people towards a governance regime that was made by the people and for the people. One that will provide sound government which will attract investment", said Chief Treaty Negotiator- Tom Happynook.
"With the successful approval of the Constitution, we as Huu-ay-aht members have helped to define our government for the future and our place within it! Our forefathers and our past and present leaders set us on this path, and I'm so very happy we've taken another major step into our future supported by the strength of our past", said Huu-ay-aht Constitution Chair- Angela Wesley
"I want to thank the Huu-ay-aht people who exercised their right to vote and gave us a resounding vote of confidence to move to a Final Agreement vote. The Huu-ay-aht council will decide on the ratification date later this month", said Chief Councillor Robert Dennis.
Chief Treaty Negotiator Tom Mexsis Happynook
Or Chief Councilor Robert J. Dennis
Huu-ay-aht Treaty Office – 3483 3rd Avenue, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 4E4
Tel. 250.723.0100 Fax. 250.723.4646