Preferred Name:
Alternative Name:
Amalgamated With Kelsemaht (Variation Kelsemart, Kel-Sem-Aht) (1951) & Manhouset (Variation Manhousaht, Manhauset); Meaning "Facing Opposite From The Ocean"
BC Regional Office:
West Coast (Nanaimo)
Vancouver Island & Coast
Reserve Land Area:565.60 ha
Chief Gregory Louie
Councillor Andrew Webster, Councillor Angus Campbell, Councillor Arnold Robinson, Councillor Clifford Atleo, Councillor Edward Sam, Councillor Guy Louie, Councillor Joe Rampanen, Councillor Julia Atleo, Councillor Mark Jack, Councillor Michael Swan, Councillor Patricia Campbell
Governance Structure:
Custom Electoral System
Population (off First Nations land):1,421
Population (on First Nations land):736
Population Total:2,157
Address: General Delivery
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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.