Uu-a-thluk (Taking Care Of) Fisheries
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

Our Story

Founded in 2005 as a collaboration between Nuu-chah-nulth hereditary and elected chiefs, Uu-a-thluk, represents a new and vital approach to managing aquatic resources in Nuu-chah-nulth ha-ha-houlthee (chiefly territories of land, resources and people). 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) Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management (AAROM) program 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, complementing and reinforcing Ha’wilth patak Ha’wiih (Nuu-chah-nulth governance). Together we are increasing Nuu-chah-nulth participation in the harvest and management of our aquatic resources.

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-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.


Our vision is to manage Nuu-chah-nulth ha-ha-houlthee of our Ha’wiih (Hereditary Chiefs) in a sustainable way for our muschim (the community), consistent with Nuu-chah-nulth knowledge and values. This is a responsibility given by Naas (Creator). Our aquatic resources must fulfill our sustenance, ceremonial and societal needs, and provide an economic base for healthy communities.


Dr. Judith Sayers, Hupacasath First Nation, President Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
Uu-a-thulk (Taking Care Of) Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
PO Box 1383
5001 Mission Road
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M2

Eric Angel, Ph.D. – Fisheries Manager Uu-a-thulk (Taking Care of) Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council



Mowachaht/ Muchalaht


∙ Council of Ha’wiih Forum on Fisheries ∙ T’aaq-wiihak Fisheries ∙ Joint Technical Working Group ∙ Community Capacity Building ∙ Sustainable Aquatic Resource Management ∙ Research ∙ Education ∙ Communication & Outreach ∙ Policy


∙ Program Manager ∙ 3 Regional Biologists ∙ Associate Biologist ∙ Program Coordinator ∙ Communications and Development Coordinator ∙ Capacity Building Coordinator ∙ Fisheries Technicians and Interns (seasonal) ∙


  • Nuu-chah-nulth member Nations
  • First Nations Fisheries Council
  • West Coast Aquatic
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
  • Island Marine Aquatic Working Group (IMAWG)
  • Science Venture
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Clayoquot Biosphere Trust
  • Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Development Corporation
  • MC Wright and Associates

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