Wuikinuxv Nation

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Preferred Name:
Wuikinuxv Nation
Alternative Name:
Formerly Oweekano (Pre-1976); Oweekeno (1976-2003) (Variation Owekano, Oweekayno, Alternate Rivers Inlet); Alternate Wuikinuxv; Meaning "People Talking Right"
’Uik̓ala, Oowekyala
BC Regional Office:
West Coast (Nanaimo)
Vancouver Island & Coast
Reserve Land Area:712.80 ha
Chief Rose M. Hackett
Councillor Frank Hanuse Sr.,
Councillor Richard (Rick) Shaw Sr.
Governance Structure:
Indian Act
Population (off First Nations land):232
Population (on First Nations land):54
Population Total:286
Address: P.O. Box 3500
Port Hardy
V0N 2P0
Economic Development Contact: Robert Duncan
Tribal Manager
Fax: (250) 949-7105
Phone: (250) 949-8625 ext 233
Community Description
The Wuikinuxv Nation, also known as the Oweekeno Nation, is a First Nations government whose traditional territory is the shores of Rivers Inlet and Owikeno Lake in the Central Coast region of the Canadian province of British Columbia, in the area south of Bella Bella and north of Queen Charlotte Strait.
Treaty or Tribal Association
Wuikinuxv-Kitasoo-Nuxalk Tribal Council
Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures
The key economic activities of the Wuikinuxv Nation include logging, salmon enhancement, commercial fishing and roe-on-kelp, and management of a tree farm license which focuses on harvesting, silviculture and watershed restoration. Development plans also include negotiations that would add volume to the existing tree farm licence by way of joint ventures. The Nation is looking to diversify its local economy by developing plans to promote bear viewing, a run-of-the-river power project and a heli-ski tenure. Wuikinuxv has the following agreements: Wuikinuxv Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreement (2015), Wuikinuxv First Nation Interim Measures Agreement (2007), Wuikinuxv First Nation Forestry Agreement (2004), Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiatives Society LNG Benefits Agreement (2016), and the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiatives Society Letter of Understanding on Environmental Quality and LNG Developments on the North Coast, and Skills Training & Employment (2016).