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Ditidaht Development

The Ditidaht Economic Development Corporation (DDC) manages economic development for the Ditidaht Nation. Our mandate is to optimize existing resources and businesses and identify new opportunities. Read about some of our current projects below, or get in touch today.

Current projects

Caycuse Campground and Windsurf Park Expansion
The DDC is presently expanding their campground to included over 50 new sites, washrooms and day use areas. The project is presently underway with the financial assistance of Island Coastal Economic Trust and Worksafe BC and is expected to be completed by April 2020.
Regional signage
Overview

New signage will make it easier for community members, tourists and others to navigate throughout the Nitinaht Region.

This initiative is part of a larger conversation with regional and provincial partners around road improvements and upgrades.

Partners

Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure, Parks Canada, Western forest Products, Timber West, Teal Jones

Status

Signs will be installed on highways and logging roads in 2017.

Contractors

Ditidaht Dev Corp

Tourism Marketing – Nitinaht Lake and Doobah Fishing Camp
Overview

The Ditidaht Development Corporation is exploring enhanced tourism opportunities for the Nitinaht Lake area, including the 350 hectare Doobah Fishing Camp Site.

Key tourism features include a new (third) entry point for West Coast Trail managed by the DDC, shorter hikes and Comfort Camping for “weekend warriors” and more casual adventurers who may not wish to hike all 75 kilometres of the trail, and recent upgrades to Windsurf Park and the Nitinat Lake Motel.

Ditidaht has commenced construction of the Windsurf Park Expansion opening May 2019. 40 hectares of Ditidaht private lands bordering the existing campsite will see an additional 40 tenting sites and 12 RV sites as well as trail systems and access to both the Caycuse River and Looper Creek.

Partners
  • Destination BC
  • Cowichan Valley Regional District
  • Parks Canada
  • West Coast Trail Cooperation Board
  • Province of BC
Status

These projects are on-going with annual upgrades and expansion

Contractors

Ditidaht Development Corp, Castlemain Group, PFS Studios

St Jean’s Seafood Cannery
Overview

The Ditidaht Nation is a one fifth partner in St Jean’s Cannery and Smokehouse, and the Raincoast Trading Company.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Development Corporation (NSDC) purchased the operations in June 2016.

The NSDC represents five West Coast First Nations from the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council (Ditidaht, Huu-ay-aht, Kyuquot/Checklesaht, Uchucklesaht and Ucluelet). St Jean’s has been in operation on Vancouver Island since 1960.

Partners
  • Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Development Corporation, which represents five West Coast First Nations from the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council (Ditidaht, Huu-ay-aht, Kyuquot/Checklesaht, Uchucklesaht and Ucluelet)
  • Gerard St Jean, former cannery owner
  • Steve Hughes, former cannery president
  • Canadian Western Bank

 

Status
  • Currently employ 130 people

 

Website

Forest and Cedar Products
Overview

Ditidaht Forestry Ltd (DFL) and Ditidaht Cedar Salvage (DCS) were established in 2015 and 1999 respectively.

DFL holds 3 Timber Sale Licences in both Tree Farm Licences 44 & 46 and is actively logging in partnership with Timber West.

DCS salvages cedar blocks from the TFLs for shakes and shingles.

The Ditidaht Development Corporation is presently in negotiations with the Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resources as well as Western Forest Products and Teal Jones to acquire long-term access to resources through licences and/or revenue sharing.

Partners
  • Timberwest Corporation
  • Teal Jones
  • Western Forest Products
  • Ministry of Forest Lands & Natural Resources BC
Status

Revenue generated support administrative  Education and Equity for Developing projects

Employment Opportunities

Attention Graduates

July 2, 2020 Chief and Council and staff would like to say Congratulations to all the graduates who have completed either secondary (Grade 12) and post-secondary education (College and University). Reach for your dreams and way to go on your accomplishments! Ditidaht...

June 25, 2020 Important Notice to the Community

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO THE COMMUNITY Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic there have been many changes in business procedures in the community in the past few months or more. The following changes at the Administration office will be in effect June 29, 2020. The distribution of...

COVID-19 Testing Information for Southern Region Community Members

Please, find below an NTC information poster in regards to Covid-19 testing for Southern Region Community members. Please share widely.

Government of Canada Financial Assistance during COVID-19

The Government of Canada has designed and launched a series of measures to provide timely and direct support to Canadians in response to COVID-19. These measures will help meet the financial needs of people across the country and help ensure that everyone can pay for...

The Ditidaht Nation Community, Windsurf Park and Caycuse River Campgrounds 2020

Due to COVID-19 The Ditidaht Nation Community, Windsurf Park and Caycuse River Campgrounds will remain closed to the public for both overnight and day camping for the remainder of the 2020 season. To all our patrons, we anticipate reopening next spring safer and...

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Education Recognition

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council annual graduation recognition and scholarship recognition is still moving forward. Unfortunately, an in-person event will not be able to take place, though they are creating something special to recognize the graduates and...

May 26, 2020 COVID Update

05.26.2020 COVID 19 Update COVID-19 UPDATE As we are now effectively into Phase 2 of the Recovery Plan from COVID-19 we wanted to provide an update of some recent steps in the recovery plan. The Ditidaht Community School will re-open on June 1st, 2020, and the...

COVID Resources

Attached is a link to COVID resources. Covid_Reources_V3_It15_pages

May 6 2020 – Ditidaht Community Recovery Plan

05.06.2020.Ditidaht COVID19 Recovery Plan DITIDAHT RECOVERY PLAN As of May 4, 2020, 124 cases of COVID-19 have been reported by Island Health. Ditidaht Chief and Council will follow Dr. Bonnie Henry’s recommendations as far implementing a Recovery Stage from...

Quarterly Membership Newsletter – May 6, 2020

Please see attached the Quarterly Membership Newsletter. April 2020

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