Hesquiaht First Nation is the most northerly and also the most remote of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations in the Clayoquot Sound. In January 2000, Clayoquot Sound was designated for inclusion in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. This includes portions of our territories. Along with 13 other First Nations on the West Coast of Vancouver Island we are members of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. Hot Springs Cove is our most inhabited reserve with approximately 55 people residing in the community. Our reserve in Hesquiaht has one family that lives there year round and several other families that reside there in the summer months.
In 1964 our village was located at the head of the Bay in Refuge Cove when the Tsunami hit. The village was decimated and those who lived there were displaced until 1972 when the decision was made to relocate to the east side of Refuge Cove, where the community remains to this day. Hesquiaht First Nation has 700 members.