Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation

Temporary Village Closure – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Attention: All Non, Full-time Residents of Gwa’yas’dums Village

March 23, 2020

To our community:

On behalf of Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis leadership, we would like to assure you that we are monitoring the impacts of COVID-19 outbreak as it progresses and are taking steps for safety precautions with the Village of Gwa’yasdam’s. We are acutely aware that Indigenous communities, including Gwa’yasdam’s, are especially vulnerable to viruses, in the recent past H1N1, and other diseases historically. After a call today between chief and council and those living in the community, we have prepared more information for you and will continue to do so.

For the safety of all, travel should be limited to essential travel only. There will be room on the Haliwud for spaced alternate seating from one another. By community request, the Village will be continuing with “Grub Day” March 27th. One person per family will be accepted on the Haliwud. Shop for an Elder, and those with compromised health if you, can and we can arrange to pick up online orders from IGA. To support, there will be two runs. We recommend practicing social distancing (download the PDF on social distancing). Additional steps include washing your hands immediately upon returning from Port McNeill, followed by washing your clothes and showering.

The Chief and Council will be limiting travel by cancelling all face-to-face meetings until further notice and will be meeting by conference call instead.

The band office is open with modified hours. It will be kept open as a necessary service to the community, please limit visiting the band office for coffee, please wash your hands upon entry and stay 6 feet away from each other if you do visit (download the PDF on handwashing). While we are social people, group gatherings, including cultural events and public meetings will be postponed until further notice.

The Village of Gwa’yasdam’s is closing our borders to non-residents effective immediately. Anyone who has recently returned to the Village from populated areas (Vancouver Island and Vancouver, etc.) are asked to self-monitor, and self-isolate themselves. Current visitors are not being removed from the Village, but are being asked to self-monitor and self isolate themselves for health symptoms (download the PDF on self-monitoring and self-isolation).

We advise you to stay up to date with informed webpages, as the situation is evolving daily:
COVID-19 and Indigenous Communities:
BC COVID-19 Symptom Self- Assessment tool:

Many changes are happening quickly, and we thank-you for your patience and respectfulness to one another.


Chief Rick Johnson

A Welcome Message from Chief & Council

We would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to all of our fellow Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis members and guests visiting our Nation’s website!

Here you will find information about the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation and the opportunities that we are creating and pursuing as we exercise sovereignty over our traditional territory, as we have always done. In valuing our connections, we continue to respect and work with our traditional tribal group of the Musggamagw-Dzawadaenuxw, including our close neighbours the Dzawadaenuxw First Nation and the Gwawaenuk Tribe.

Our people have occupied our traditional territory on British Columbia’s central coast since time immemorial. This beautiful place that we call home spans from Wakeman Sound to the pristine waters between Gilford Island and Village Island where the territory of the Mamalilikala begins. Within our ancestral territory we enjoy an abundance of natural resources and spectacular scenery. Our connection to our lands and resources defines who we are as people. As stewards of our territory and its resources, we embrace growth and development, but diligently work to move forward on the basis of sustainability. For us, this means that activities involving our lands and resources must be carried out in a manner consistent with our traditional teachings, principles and practices.

We encourage you to take some time to explore and enjoy the site!

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Box 10, Alert Bay, BC V0N 1A0
T: (250) 974-3001 | F: (250) 974-3036

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