“Nuchatlaht has spent many frustrating years of discussions at the treaty table and other processes trying to protect our lands and the health of our people. Successive governments have failed to give Nuchatlaht serious iisaak [respect] for their rights and title.” – Nuchatlaht hereditary chief Walter Michael

The Nuchatlaht First Nation of Vancouver Island has filed an Aboriginal-title claim in British Columbia. Using the precedence set by the Supreme Court of Canada in the 2014 Tsilhqot’in decision, Nuchatlaht are seeking recognition by the federal and provincial governments of their title to territory on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The legal action also calls for the end of logging in the area by Western Forest Products.

Jack Woodward, lawyer, is representing the Nuchatlaht.