Our Future

News release:

Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation (KHFN) purchases Pierre’s at Echo Bay Lodge & Marina.

Comprehensive Community Planning

For a number of years, we have been actively engaged in comprehensive community planning and undertaking various capital projects. Our approach to these activities has been a collaborative, internally-driven process, involving Chief and Council, residents of Gwa-yas-dums Village and off reserve members.

Gwa-yas-dums Village Planning

* This work was awarded with the 2007 Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Excellence in Rural/Small Town Planning. It marked the first time a First Nation community had won a national planning award.

Community Economic Development Strategy 

The Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation places great importance on our traditional economy, which is rooted in the abundant marine resources and in the other local resources throughout our Territory.

The Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation continually seeks key opportunities for community economic development and aims to do so through respectful, professional economic development partnerships.

Ongoing projects

2019-2020 Construction of Hybrid 220 kW Solar PV and Battery System

Project Description:

  • Applied for funding to construct the solar PV and battery system at Location 4 (old rock quarry).
  • Securing final funding to cover up to 98% of the project costs.
  • Project will provide a new and predictable source of clean energy generation for Gwa’yas’dums.
  • The outcome of the project is to supply half of the Village’s electrical needs and 72-hours of energy storage.
  • Expecting to have solar PV and battery system installed and operating by summer 2020.
  • This project will hire:
    • 3x members to help install the solar PV system. Members will receive 5-day training course (hosted in the Village) to learn how to install the solar PV panels.
    • 1x member to be the communication lead. This person will receive training from North Island College or Urban Systems to learn how to build communication and branding materials for the project. As well, to support other remote communities to learn how to build a similar project.
  • This project will focus on building capacity in women and youth.

Project Status:

Commissioning Summer/Fall 2020.

“As a remote community, we are feeling the impacts of climate change, yet many of us feel hopeless in finding a solution. This solar PV and battery project is a way that we can contribute to fighting climate change. The funding from the NRCan Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities to invest in a solar PV and battery system is a welcome opportunity. Not only will this alleviate financial pressures associated with increasing diesel costs, but it is setting the stage for a cleaner and brighter future for the seven generations.”

KHFN Chief

Marine, Land & Resource Management Plan

Project Description:

During community engagement event in Spring 2019 – BCCI – members agreed on the following goals and objectives to guide the Marine, Land and Resource Management Planning Process:

  • Protect language, culture and traditional way of life
  • Assert and clarify title and rights
  • Improve communication and understanding with neighbours
  • Advance reconciliation and improve relationship with the Crown
  • Clarify expectations for consultation or involvement in decision making
  • Ensure benefits from development in the territory
  • Improved environmental protection and outcomes
  • Improved decision making and accountability
  • Facilitate community and economic development
  • Integrate and incorporate our traditional and hereditary governance systems
  • Build capacity and create opportunities for our members
  • Ensure local food security (e.g. agriculture and traditional foods)
  • Heal the land through reclamation
  • Identify protected areas off-limits to industrial development
  • Address climate change

Project Status:

We are currently creating a Marine, Land and Resource Management Plan.

Custom Election Code

Project Description:

We are developing a custom election code which will allow us to set out our own procedures for electing government, instead of deferring to the rules set out in the Indian Act.Creating a Custom Election Code was identified as a priority in our Comprehensive Community Plan.

Project Status:

Community engagement (on and off reserve members) will take place Winter 2020.

Revitalizing the Shores of Gwa’yas’dums

Project Description:

  • Hired 1x Community member as Community Planning Assistance
  • Performed a Market Assessment on tourism opportunities in KHFN Traditional Territory
  • Outlined tourism business opportunities to invest in, for example:
    • Campground in Sawmill Bay
    • Commercial kitchen to host cultural meals and programing
    • Art Gallery and Live Carving Studio
    • Trail network with interpretive signs to tell KHFN history

Project Status:

Currently seeking funding opportunities.

2020 – 2021 Construction of Health and Administration Building

Project Status:

We plan to break ground January 2020 to build our new Health and Administration Building!

Community Health Plan

Project Description:

This will be a comprehensive Community Health Plan that will be based on the values and visions of the community, staff, and Chief and Council. We anticipate this plan to work within the broader Comprehensive Community Plan and effectively guide the development of meaningful health and social programming to support spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health.

Project Status:

Estimated completion Spring 2020.