W̓áláqvḷa: Community Engagement Process on Settlements
The Heiltsuk Tribal Council committed to a community engagement process, at the information sessions on the Germyn Settlement. We are upholding this commitment to engage with the membership on the settlement funds. We will also be updating and engaging the community on the Drag Seine Settlement funds as part of the W̓áláqvḷa process. The working group is currently putting together a plan that will allow us to reach as many members as possible, to ensure everyone who wants a say will have a say.
W̓áláqvḷa means to talk together, to discuss, to meet about something. We have chosen a Haíɫzaqv name for our community engagement process to guide us in this important work.
July 16th, 2019: Settlement Agreement Signed by HTC and Canada
July 20th, 2019: Membership Vote on Settlement Agreement Concluded
August 30th, 2019: All Paperwork Complete (BCR on Direction To Pay, Legal Certificate, Financial Advisor Certificate, Banking Certificate)
February 2020 or Earlier: Federal Government makes Payment to HTC
*Settlement funds have NOT be received by HTC*
The purpose of the working group is to design, oversee, and complete the community engagement process from start to finish, on behalf of HTC. The working group currently consists of HTC council members. Current members of the working group Leona Humchitt, Jaimie Harris, Lorena White, Louisa Jones, Travis Hall, Ayla Brown, Reg Moody and Charity Gladstone.
The technical team will be added to the working group once they are hired. The technical team will consist of community engagement specialists, a financial consultant, and HTC’s comprehensive community planner, Charity Gladstone. The technical team will, of course, be paid for their work. Charity Gladstone is already employed by HIRMD. The funds for the community engagement specialist and a financial consultant will come from the remaining community engagement funds provided by DFO. These funds are specifically for community engagement purposes and separate from the settlement funds.
HTC has a legal fiduciary responsibility to oversee the settlement. The HTC councillors have volunteered to be apart of the working group. They are not being paid.