We Wai Kai

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Preferred Name:
We Wai Kai
Alternative Name:
Alternate Cape Mudge; Named After Zachary Mudge; Part Of The Laichquiltach
Language:
Kwak̓wala
BC Regional Office:
West Coast (Nanaimo)
Region:
Vancouver Island & Coast
Reserve Land Area:663.10 ha
Chief:
Chief Brian Assu Sr.
Council:
Councillor Cindy Inrig,
Councillor Daniel Billy,
Councillor Darrell Lewis,
Councillor Jonathan Chickite,
Councillor Keith Wilson,
Councillor Kim Duncan,
Councillor Ronald Chickite,
Councillor Theodore Assu
Governance Structure:
Custom Electoral System
Population (off First Nations land):787
Population (on First Nations land):347
Population Total:1,134
Address: 690 Headstart Crescent
Campbell River
V9H 1P9
Economic Development Contact: Brian Kelley
Band Administrator
briank@wewaikai.com
Fax: (250) 914-1891
Phone: (250) 914-1890
Community Description
The We Wai Kai Nation, also known as the Cape Mudge First Nation, is the band government of the We Wai Kai subgroup of the Laich-kwil-tach based on Quadra Island offshore from Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada, which is on the east coast of Vancouver Island at the northern end of the Strait of Georgia. The We Wai Kai Nation/Cape Mudge Band current population is approximately 1100 Citizens, about 1/2 live on reserve (split between Cape Mudge Village and Quinsam Reserve), and the other 1/2 live off reserve. It has 4 reserves on Quadra Island, and one within the city limits of Campbell River.
Treaty or Tribal Association
Laich-Kwil-Tach Treaty Society
Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures
We Wai Kai ape Mudge has a Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreement with the Province as of 2015. Before this they had an Interim Forestry Agreement that became effective in 2005, with an ammendment in 2007. The We Wai Kai Nation is developing plans to create a destination retail, sports, entertainment and recreation gateway on Quinsam Indian Reserve #12 in Campbell River. They currently own and operate a lodge and campsite.
Economic Development Background
Cape Mudge realized the fishing industry was declining and that they needed to pursue other economic development. Since they have implemented their own Land Code this has opened up opportunities for leasing their lands and getting into other busineses.