Community Description

The Ahousaht First Nation is a First Nation government based on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, focused on the community of Ahousaht, British Columbia. It is the largest member of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. Almost 2,400 proud Ahousaht members live all across Vancouver Island, on the Mainland of BC, and even in parts of Washington State. Its administrative centre, the village of Maaqutusiis, is located on Flores Island, near Tofino, and is the primary home of the people of Ahousaht.

Treaty or Tribal Association

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

The main economic activities in the Ahousaht community are tourism, finfish aquaculture, forestry and fishing (including shellfish). The latter two have declined in recent years. Members are employed seasonally in silviculture, water taxi transport, construction, tourism, forestry and aquaculture. There are five enterprises operated by Ahousaht Administration, including natural resources, tourism, grocery and transport ventures, as well as a minimum of 13 to 15 Ahousaht member-owned businesses in the region. These include restaurants, a gallery, tour companies, water taxis, contractors and professional services.

Community Details:

Vancouver Island & Coast
Amalgamated With Kelsemaht (Variation Kelsemart, Kel-Sem-Aht) (1951) & Manhouset (Variation Manhousaht, Manhauset); Meaning "Facing Opposite From The Ocean"
West Coast (Nanaimo)
565.6 hectares

Contact Details:

Chief Greg Louie
(250) 670-9696
General Delivery Ahousaht, BC, Canada V0R 1A0
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