dubayaax a ts'awalk
everything is one
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.
Economic Development Officer
Jack Thompson Jr.
Board of Directors
Carl Edgar Jr.
Run of River Hydro
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.
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.
Next steps will include financing and construction.
Barkley Group – Project Management
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.
The preliminary feasibility study was funded by the Department of Indian Affairs. Funding sources for marketing study and construction costs are being explored.
- Business case completed.
- Detailed costing, financing and market analysis to being conducted.
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.
Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure, Parks Canada, Western forest Products, Timber West, Teal Jones
Signs will be installed on highways and logging roads in 2017.
Ditidaht Dev Corp
Tourism Marketing – Nitinaht Lake and Doobah Fishing Camp
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.
- Destination BC
- Cowichan Valley Regional District
- Parks Canada
- West Coast Trail Cooperation Board
- Province of BC
These projects are on-going with annual upgrades and expansion
Ditidaht Development Corp, Castlemain Group, PFS Studios
St Jean’s Seafood Cannery
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.
- 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
- Currently employ 130 people
Forest and Cedar Products
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.
- Timberwest Corporation
- Teal Jones
- Western Forest Products
- Ministry of Forest Lands & Natural Resources BC
Revenue generated support administrative Education and Equity for Developing projects
You can find our current employment opportunities here.
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.
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.
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.