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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

Malachan Village Clean Up

Feb 24 21 Malachan Clean up Announcement

COVID Update

COVID UPDATE Please join us tomorrow, Friday February 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Elected Chief Brian Tate will be presenting a LIVE update on Facebook (Ditidaht First Nation Official Facebook page). Information on the following will be provided: COVID Cases in the Malachan...

Virtual Town Hall Members Meeting. (Thursday February 11, 2021.)

Virtual Town Hall Members Meeting. Intent of the meeting is COVID in the Community Safety Protocols. Please note: Shelley Chester will be moderating the meeting. Everyone will be muted, if you want to speak please raise your hand and she will take a speakers list....

Join Futurpreneur Canada and Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) Working Together to Support Indigenous Business

Thursday February 25th From 4pm – 5pm Join Futurpreneur Canada and Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) Working Together to Support Indigenous Business If you’re a young (up to 36 years old), Indigenous entrepreneur looking for help to make your...

February 1st, 2021 NEW COVID-19 DFN Orders

Please see attached the new COVID-19 Orders for Ditidaht First Nation. These orders are in effect February 1st, 2021. FEB 1 NL

DFN Official Pandemic Plan 2021

Elected Chief and Council have recently signed off on the Official DFN Pandemic Plan for 2021. Please see attached a link to a copy for members to review. Pandemic plan jan 2021

Help Lines and Websites

Help Lines and Websites 24 hours a day, 7 days a week help is available! Crisis Support                                                                                                    Crisis Lines 24/7 1-800 Suicide 1-800-784-2433 Indian Residential School...

November 19, 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE.

November 19, 2020 Ditidaht Membership: COVID-19 Update “By order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), all individuals, places of work and businesses in B.C. must significantly reduce their level of social interactions and travel until at least...

DFN Land Governance Director RFP

DFN Land Governace Director RFP June 2020 INTRODUCTION AND CONTEXT Ditidaht First Nation (DFN) invites qualified firms or individuals to submit a proposal for consideration to take on the exciting challenge of implementing the DFN Land Code, which will include the...

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