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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.

Bryan Cofsky
Executive Director, DDC
1-250-929-8370

Economic Development Officer
Jack Thompson Jr.

Board of Directors
Jack Thompson
Peggy Hartman
Carl Edgar Jr.
Crystal Amos
Elaine Layman

Current projects

Run of River Hydro
Overview

The Run of the River project on the Little Nitinaht River will supply power to BC Hydro and their Standing Order Program. It is an initiative of River Green General Partnership – a company solely owned by The Ditidaht Development Corp.

Partners

Exploratory costs to date of over 1.4 million have in large part been covered by grants from New Relationship Trust, the Clean Energy Fund and the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Community Opportunity Readiness Program.

Status

Next steps will include financing and construction.

Contractors

Barkley Group – Project Management

Land-based acquaculture
Overview

The Ditidaht Development Corporation is exploring the feasibility of a contained aquaculture facility for sustainable Coho and Steelhead. The old saw mill site at Chuchumissapo has been identified as a possible site as it is already served with power and well water.

This project has the potential to create Ditidaht construction jobs and raise the community’s profile in a sector that dovetails with its traditional harvesting rights.

Partners

The preliminary feasibility study was funded by the Department of Indian Affairs. Funding sources for marketing study and construction costs are being explored.

Status
  • Business case completed.
  • Detailed costing, financing and market analysis to being conducted.
Contractors

Agrimarine Technologies

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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

Notice- Sept 2019 – DFN Elk Tag Draw

Notice- September 27-19 DFN Elk Tag Draw 2019-20

Ditidaht First Nation

PO Box 340 Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M8 Tel: (250)745-3333 Fax: (250)745-3332 Toll Free: 1-888-745-3366 email:

Notice: DFN- Elk Hunting Endorsement/ Tags Draw 2019/20. Draw Date is September 27,2019
September 18, 2019

There are 3- Elk Hunting Endorsement/Tags available to the Ditidaht Hunters by draw for the 2019/20 hunting season. All Ditidaht members that put their name in for the draw must have a valid Firearms Certificate.

These Elk hunting Endorsement/Tags are issued to Ditidaht First Nation each year by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

This notice will be sent out in the DFN Community newsletter on September 18/19 and posted on the DFN Facebook Page.

Please e-mail in your name/information to Paul Sieber or call the DFN Administration front desk. I will need faxed or e-mailed-photocopies of your firearm certificates and drivers’ licenses before September 27/19. If, I do not receive this information your name will not be entered in the draw.

The draw will happen on September 27th in the DFN Administration office by Facebook video.

Please submit your name to at the earliest opportunity.

I will away from my office September 23rd to 26th.

Thank you,

Paul M. Sieber

DFN Natural Resource Manager

 

 

 

 

 

FNHA Launches New Health and Benefits Plan

All Membership,

Please review the new Health and Benefits Plan that has recently been launched by FNHA.

All Questions regarding this should be directed to the First Nations Health Authority at 1-855-550-5454.

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September 16th – 2019 – Letter from Membership Clerk

Please see attached a letter from the membership clerk.

membership letter sept 16

Catering Bids Now Being Accepted

We are looking for catering bids for September 21, 2019 Governance (Band) meeting – Audit Review.

Please see attached.

Catering Bids August 22 for Sept 21 2019

Fisheries Coordinator with Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood LP.

2019.08 NSLP Fisheries Coordinator Job Posting Draft

The Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood LP department has asked us to share this job posting.

 

Basic Security Training

Notice August 14-19 Basic Security Training- OFA Level-2 Course Jan 6 to 17-19

August 14, 2019

Notice

Basic Security Training -OFA Level- 2 Course

January 6 to 17th, 2020. Nanaimo B.C. 324 S. Terminal            Ave.

To: Ditidaht Members

This course is being put together by ABCB First Aid. Course Posters Attached with course cost. Ditidaht members can apply for the DFN Special Education Fund at DFN Community Services. This will cover the course cost only. It will not cover travel, meals and accommodation. This is a two-week course.

For further information. Please contact Jeff Hein- owner at 250) 753-2888.

I encourage all our Ditidaht members on Vancouver Island to apply if, interested.

Also, there are other courses available for different levels of First Aid and Safety.

The course is in response to industry demand for trained Security staff. Mr. Hein has informed me that it would easy to find work once the course is completed and written test passed.

Paul M. Sieber

DFN Natural Resource Manager

 

Course Description- Basic Security Training August 14-19 Notice

 

Governance (Band) Meeting

Governance Meeting September and November 2019

SAVE THE DATE

 Governance (Band) Meeting

Audit Review

When: September 21, 2019 @ 10 am

Where: Ditidaht Community Hall in Malachan

AND

GOVERNANCE (Band Meeting)

Governance Policy/Portfolio Updates

When: November 2, 2019 @ 10am

Where: Ditidaht Community Hall in Malachan

 

Community Services Manager – Sunny Cooper Letter

Please see attached a letter provided by Sunny Cooper for all members to read.

Dear Nitinaht exit letter

We wish Sunny the best of luck in her future endeavors.

 

 

Notice About Food Fish

July 9, 2019

Food Fish 2019- DFN Membership Addresses- Contact Update’s.

To Ditidaht Members: 
The DFN Fisheries Department is planning for the 2019 Food Fish to membership.
Please update your addresses and contact information. If you have changed residences since last year and/or your phone/contact information.

You can e-mail or call in at 250) 724-3333 administration front desk. Or contact Paul M. Sieber or Darryl Tate- DFN Fisheries Manager to update your information.

Thank you,
Paul M. Sieber
DFN Natural Resource Manager

The Official Election Results are in.

The attachment is the notice of the Official Ditidaht First Nation Election Results.

Official DFN July 6, 2019 Council Election Results

 

Agreement in Principle – Signing June 28, 2019

The Ditidaht Council is pleased to announce that on Friday, June 28, 2019 the Ditidaht / Pacheedaht Agreement In Principle was signed.  After many years of work, our nation can now move into Stage 5 of the BC treaty process (final agreement negotiations).

Ditidaht Chief Councilor Robert Joseph, Pacheedaht Chief Councilor Jeff Jones, Premier John Horgan, and MP John Aldag, along with other government dignitaries and members of both Ditidaht and Pacheedaht, met on the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC for the official signing.

At its current stage, the treaty proposes $40 million to Ditidaht that would be paid upon implementation of the Final Agreement, plus economic development funds of $3 million.

The proposed treaty land entails our nation’s existing reserves, plus areas to be transferred from Crown land and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Once we complete our final agreement, we will own 751 hectares of our current reserve lands, almost 4,000 hectares of crown land and 1,453 hectares of national park land in the south-eastern portion of Vancouver Island.

The province has also pledged to establish a 54 km gravel forest road from Cowichan Lake to the end of Nitinaht Lake to benefit the Ditidaht Community upon approval of the Final Agreement (treaty).

The Ditidaht negotiators foresee our nation becoming more empowered to economically benefit from our lands if a treaty is implemented.

“As we recognize the Ditidaht and Pacheedaht First Nations for their work to reach today’s milestone, we remain committed to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and building a better future for everyone in B.C., today and every day.”  “Our government is proud to work with the Ditidaht and Pacheedaht First Nations toward a renewed government-to-government relationship, based on rights, reconciliation and respect,” said Premier John Horgan, who is also the local MLA.

Thank you to the Ditidaht treaty negotiation team (Jack Thompson, Shelley Chester, Robert Joseph, Robert Freedman of JFK Law) for their continued work – it has not been an easy journey. Also, hands up to those members of the Ditidaht Treaty Committee, past and present, as without their efforts we would not be where we are today.

For further information, please contact Ditidaht Chief Negotiator, Jack Thompson at 1-888-745-3366 or Shelley Chester, Ditidaht Treaty Coordinator at 1-800-997-3799.  More information on the BC treaty process can be found at: http://www.bctreaty.ca/

 

Ditidaht Treaty Notice & Upcoming AIP Signing

DFN AIP Signing Notice.June 17 2019.Final

Ditidaht Treaty Notice – Upcoming AIP Signing

 

The Ditidaht Chief and Council and Treaty team is excited to announce the end of Stage 4 negotiations with the official signing of the Ditidaht / Pacheedaht Agreement-in-Principle (AIP) with BC and Canada. The signing ceremony will take place on June 28, 2019 at the Empress Hotel in Victoria.

We would like to take this opportunity to explain what this means, how we got here, and where we are going next.

 

What does the Agreement in Principle mean?

This does not mean we have finalized our treaty; but an AIP is an important step in the treaty process. The AIP has no legal effect. Because of this, Ditidaht members will not be voting on this version of the treaty. However, every eligible Ditidaht member will have a chance to review the final version of the treaty and vote on whether to accept it or not. The treaty explains who is eligible to vote.  A number of community meetings were held in to go over the land and cash component of the AIP as well.

A respectful and satisfactory treaty can provide great benefits for Ditidaht. If approved, the Indian Act would largely not apply to Ditidaht. The treaty will provide us with more land and cash and it will recognize our right to self-governance by giving Ditidaht greater control over our land, laws and our democratic processes. It also provides economic benefits, and clarifies our rights and our relationship with Canada and BC, especially off treaty settlement land (TSL), through the negotiation of co-management agreements.

The AIP will set the stage for the negotiation of our final treaty. It includes sections on our treaty settlement lands, which are lands that Ditidaht will own and govern, governance, harvesting, culture, environmental protection, federal parks, taxation, funding, forestry relationships with the three levels of Canadian government (federal, provincial, and local government) and other issues. We will also negotiate implementation and related funding. It does not include details on our fishing rights, water, or provincial parks, all of which will be negotiated in the Final Agreement stage. In addition, we have negotiated framework agreements that will give Ditidaht a much greater say over decisions made that occur on lands off TSL but within our Traditional Territory.

We are also negotiating with Canada and BC to take a different approach to how the final treaty will affect our existing rights, including various ways to amend the final treaty. For example, the Parties are exploring an approach that would better strike a balance between a common and clear understanding of our rights while still allowing for changes to the treaty if a court decides the scope of our rights is different, or if there are aspects of other treaties in the future that Ditidaht could benefit from.

 

Negotiation Background

The Ditidaht treaty team began negotiations with Canada and BC in 1994.  It has taken us a long time to get to an AIP, but we believe we are on the path to a meaningful and strong treaty. Since 1995, we have made significant progress and have seen Canada and BC put more on the table in terms of lands, money, and meaningful self-governance and harvesting rights that are so important to Ditidaht.

As you know, we have been holding community meetings with members of the Nation.  The community gave us the approval to move into final agreement negotiations through a series of meetings held in 2017 and 2018 in Malachan, Nanaimo, Port Alberni and Vancouver.

 

What will happen next?

After the AIP is signed, the Ditidaht treaty team will resume focused negotiations with Canada and BC on the remaining issues and work to quickly finalize our Treaty.

We have left matters like the development of our constitution, and negotiation of fishing rights, water rights and our rights within provincial parks to the Final Agreement stage of negotiations.  We have done this because we want to have much more engagement with members of the Nation, given the critical importance of these issues.

We will continue to provide regular updates through bulletins and community meetings and we will engage the community to gather your views and inputs much more often, as we move through the final agreement negotiation stage. In addition, once the AIP is signed, as set out in the Incremental Treaty Agreement we signed in 2013, BC will transfer another parcel of land to Ditidaht, identified as Block A in the attached map.

Thank you to every Ditidaht member for your continued

engagement on this important topic.

 

 

URGENT – UPDATED MEMBERSHIP CONTACT INFO NEEDED

URGENT:
Ditidaht First Nation MEMBERS need to update contact information ASAP. 
 
Please contact Karen Mack at
1-888-745-3366 or
and/or
Shelley Chester at
1-800-997-3799 or
 
or both via FB if that’s the only method you can do.
Please share this with any and all family members you have, that may not see this message.

Ditidaht First Nation Community Engagement Sessions from Winter / Spring 2019

Attached is a report prepared by Paula Beltgens and team from the Community Engagement Sessions that took place this past Winter / Spring 2019 in Nitnaht, Port Alberni and Nanaimo. We thank all our members for coming out providing feedback and learning with us.

CES Update 2017-05-29

 

2019 Candidates List for Chief and Council

Please see attached the FINAL list of Candidates for the election.

Please note Voting Day is July 6th, 2019 from 8am til 8pm at the Ditidaht Community Hall.

If you are unable to vote in person, please contact Graeme Drew, Electoral Officer for other arrangements.

Ditidaht List of Candidates_Final2

If you are unsure if you are eligible to vote, please contact Karen Mack at 250-745-3333

Ditidaht Fisheries Meeting – May 30, 2019

May 27, 2019

              Notice

Ditidaht Fisheries Meeting- May 30th/19. Starting at 10:00am to @3:00pm.

At the Malachan Community Hall. Lunch will be served.

 

To All; Ditidaht Fishermen and community members.

Agenda:

Ditidaht First Nation 2019 Food and Ceremonial Fishing Plans for salmon, groundfish, shellfish and herring.

2018-E.S.S.R. Catch results.

2019- Nitinat River chinook/chum forecast returns.

Hobition River Sockeye Closure and Cheewhat River Sockeye Closure.

Cheewhat Watershed Restoration Project Update.

DFN Fisheries crew monitoring fall monitoring, spawning counts on Hobition, Caycuse and Doobah River’s.

Other:

Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting.

 

Paul M. Sieber

DFN Natural Resource Manager

 

DFN Fisheries Meeting May 30-19 Meeting Notice

Community Engagement Session Announcements

Community Engagement Session Announcement

The Ditidaht First Nation will be holding 3 community engagement sessions (Malachan, Port Alberni and Nanaimo). We encourage all members to attend these sessions to provide input into the development.

Dinner will be provided.

New password protected area for Ditidaht Members

Just like on our old website (Ditidaht.ca), our new website (Nitinaht.ca) has a password protected area that contains treaty updates and other important information. By now you should have received an email that explains the simple steps to follow to create your password. If you didn’t get an email, go to nitinaht.ca/members and ask for one. Problems? Fill out the form at nitinaht.ca/contacts. Note: Don’t worry if you keep thinking the website address is Ditidaht.ca. It is linked with Nitinaht.ca.

New Nitinaht Region website: everything in one place

Our new Nitinaht.ca website has three parts: tourism, economic development and member information. This site is the ‘go to’ place for information about what’s happening in our region and in our Nation. Have an item for the community calendar? Want to add something to the newsfeed? Need to send a bulletin to all members? Just email and we’ll make it happen.

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