Ka:'yu:'k't'h' / Che:k'tles7et'h Territories â Kyuquot, Vancouver Island, BC â Fishing has always been a central part of life for the Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k'tles7et'h Aboriginal people of Kyuquot Sound on Vancouver Island.
But last year, they turned that centuries-old way of life into an economic and social legacy for the future. In April 2014, the Economic Development company owned by the Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/ Che:k'tles7et'h First Nations (KCFN) purchased Walters Cove Resort from Westcoast Resorts (which is owned by Haida Tourism / HaiCo). The purchase of Walters Cove Resort by KFCN demonstrates the Nations' commitment to becoming active Stakeholders in the commercial industries that exist within their territories. It also shows their commitment to developing and sustaining the local economy through tourism and the sharing of their culture.Providing jobs and opportunities to the people who reside in Kyuquot Sound, the resort will have a strong mentorship program, aimed at hiring and promoting individuals from the KCFN community, ensuring that there is support and training for staff members, while also maintaining the delivery of a luxury experience to guests. As tourism grows within the Kyuquot area and more jobs are created, it is hoped that many people who have had to leave the area for work will be able to return home, if they so choose.Offering an intimate fishing experience for 8 to 12 guests, the resort is built on pilings over the water in a traditional West Coast style. The interior has cedar vaulted ceilings, a wood fireplace, and private bar and dining room. A large deck and hot tub overlooks the bay, offering views of the small village of Houpsitas. Walters Cove Resort is currently running a fleet of 23 ft Customized Grady White boats featuring exclusive premium fishing gear (from a partnership with Avet Reels and Abel Reels), and inboard flush toilets. The resort is growing, as well, and is working towards securing a sport fish-processing license from Health Canada. This will allow them to process their own sport-caught fish to offer traditional smoked fish to guests. Ultimately, a fish-processing license will also increase the number of jobs in the area and raise awareness of traditional food preparation methods. The resort will also soon feature a gift shop, and Walters Cove is actively looking to source local art to exhibit and sell. This will provide yet another avenue for local artists to feature their work, and have it available for sale to resort guests. Media contact:Brian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, firstname.lastname@example.org