What is Uu-a-thluk?
In March of 2005, Nuu-chah-nulth hereditary and elected chiefs gathered at a historic meeting to launch Uu-a-thluk, a new approach to managing aquatic resources in Nuu-chah-nulth ha-ha-houlthee (territories). Uu-a-thluk is an aquatic resource management organization administered through the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC). Uu-a-thluk is funded through a contribution agreement with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and works within the policies and practices of the NTC.
Uu-a-thluk brings Nuu-chah-nulth-aht together to work with other governments and groups. Its framework allows us to manage our aquatic resources consistent with Nuu-chah-nulth practices and principles, complimenting and reinforcing Ha’wilth patuk Ha’wiih (Nuu-chah-nulth governance). Together we are increasing Nuu-chah-nulth participation in the harvest and management of our aquatic resources.
In our Nuu-chah-nulth language, Uu-a-thluk means “taking care of.”
What does Uu-a-thluk do?
Access: Uu-a-thluk increases Nuu-chah-nulth access to sea resources by (1) protecting and advancing Nuu-chah-nulth fishing rights, (2) maximizing Nuu-chah-nulth participation in beneficial government programs, (3) managing and protecting habitat and resources within Nuu-chah-nulth Ha-houlthee, and (4) retaining knowledge of Nuu-chah-nulth rich oral history and culture as it relates to the sea.
Management: Uu-a-thluk improves Nuu-chah-nulth role in sea resource management by providing a forum for Nuu-chah-nulth to work together and with other governments and organizations on aquatic resource management issues and opportunities.
Capacity: Uu-a-thluk enables and equips Nuu-chah-nulth individuals to take advantage of opportunities in the sea resource sector through training, education, mentorship, and workplace opportunities.
How is Uu-a-thluk organized?
NTC Uu-a-thluk Fisheries: Uu-a-thluk Fisheries currently includes a Program Manager, three Regional Biologists, an Associate Biologist, a Program Coordinator, Communication and Outreach Coordinators, and a Capacity Building Coordinator. Seasonally, Uu-a-thluk also hires Nuu-chah-nulth interns.
Council of Ha’wiih: Three times per year the Council of Ha’wiih hosts a forum where Ha’wiih or their representatives from 14 autonomous Nuu-chah-nulth Nations come together to work on fisheries issues with DFO and other agencies, organizations and First Nations. The Council of Ha’wiih includes representatives from Ahousaht, Ditidaht, ?ii?atis / ?iinax?int, Hesquiaht, Hupacasath, Huu-ay-aht, Ka:’yu’k’t’h’/Che:k’les7et’h’ Nuchatlaht, Mowachaht/ Muchalaht, Tla-oqui-aht, Toquaht, Tseshaht, Uchucklesaht, and Yuu-u?i??ath.
Joint Technical Working Group (JTWG): The JTWG includes First Nations, Uu-a-thluk, and DFO staff. In addition to being a place to discuss fisheries technical issues, the JTWG also acts as a clearing house to direct issues and opportunities to First Nations, DFO, the JTWG itself, or the Council of Ha’wiih for resolution or further action.
What is our Vision?
Our vision is to manage Nuu-chah-nulth ha-ha-houlthee of our Ha’wiih in a sustainable way for our muschim, consistent with Nuu-chah-nulth knowledge and values. This is a responsibility given by Naas. Our aquatic resources must fulfill our sustenance, ceremonial and societal needs, and provide an economic base for healthy communities.
Glossary of Terms
Uu-a-thluk – Taking Care Of
Ha-houlthee – Chiefly Territory
Ha’wiih – Hereditary Chiefs
muschim –the community/the people