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First Nations Information
Port Hardy is located within the traditional territory of the Kwakiutl First Nations on the northern-most tip of Vancouver Island. In addition to being the home of the Kwakiutl, the District is also home to two neighbouring First Nations bands — the Quatsino and Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw. Approximately 35% of the local population is of First Nations descent.
The Municipality works closely with band leadership to implement Municipal Type Service Agreements. These agreements allow First Nations and the Municipality to share the costs for such services as fire, animal control, policing, water and sewer, and building inspection, to name a few. In 2012, the District participated in Community to Community Forums with both the Kwakiutl and the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw to work toward Memorandums of Understanding which will help to establish a foundation for future communications and partnering opportunities.