hiškʷiiʔatḥ (Hesquiaht First Nation)
Hesquiaht is the most remote and northerly of the nuučaan̓uł (Nuu-chah-Nulth) First Nations in Clayoquot Sound. Ninety minutes north of tofino by power boat (depending on the weather), the Hesquiaht village of Hot Springs Cove has approximately 40 homes and about 100 residents, with other Hesquiaht members living in Port Alberni and elsewhere on Vancouver Island and the mainland. The Nation has recently constructed a “green” school and has committed to being a zero net energy community. Their territory includes the well-known natural hot springs on the Openit Peninsula and colonial site of Cougar Annie’s Gardens in Hesquiaht basin. The Nation is becoming a leader in local food security and food independence initiatives.