Malahat Nation’s Historical Archive

’uy’ skweyul / Í SȻÁĆEL / good day. 

The Lands department would like to share with the me’luxulh / MÁLEXEȽ community some details on the upcoming Historical Archive. This digital archive will allow the community to access information related to Malahat’s history from your own computer.

The structure for the Historical Archive is formatted similar to Wikipedia but with all Malahat related information. There will be two different levels of access to the site, one will be available to the public where non-community members can visit the site to learn more about the Nation. The second level will be password secured and protected and will include information viewable by Malahat community and staff only.

The Historical Archive will include subjects such as:

  • Language (SENĆOŦEN, hul’qumi’num, samish)
  • Recordings and documents
  • Books and reports relating to land and marine knowledge
  • Information on Malahat history

Understanding there are sacred teachings and protocols to be followed, there are ongoing discussions on what is to be included within this Historical Archive.

As this project progresses there will be more updates in the future, if you have any questions or input please contact Kate Richey in the Lands department at

Planning for Medicinal Garden

’uy’ skweyul / Í SȻÁĆEL / good day.

The Lands department would like to share with the me’luxulh / MÁLEXEȽ community the ongoing Traditional plant garden project that has been in the works. The goal for this project is to give our community members an opportunity to educate themselves on plants that are in the surrounding area, or were historically in the area.

In the late-fall of 2021 the Malahat Traditional Researchers began interviewing knowledge keepers from me’luxulh / MÁLEXEȽ, quw’utsun and W̱SÁNEĆ. The information being gathered is surrounding the education of harvesting, where to find plants in our territory, and the traditional and medicinal use of these plants. The Teachings being shared will be used to educate our hwulmuhw mustimuhw (First Nation people) and most importantly our youth, to pass this knowledge on to future generations.

Planting season will begin in the spring and moving forward the Lands department will provide updates on the project. The intention come summer and fall is to provide educational sessions and workshops on plant harvesting and medicine making.

If you have any knowledge you would like to share about plants, specific plants you would like to see in the garden, any plants you wish to learn more about, or any general questions or input please contact Kate Richey In the Lands department at

Marine Stewardship at Malahat Nation

The Environment Department has some exciting updates of their work!

The video below explains how the department is using Salish Sea Initiative funding to connect Malahat members to the marine environment, as well as supporting stewardship which helps Malahat protect the environment.

In December, Samantha Daniels and Dwayne Goldsmith finished their first semester at VIU in the Marine Stewardship Program. The Department also welcomed in a new Program Coordinator, Megan Tomlin, who will be helping coordinate some of the environmental programs. The Ghost Gear Program was announced and we now have a remotely operated vehicle (it’s like a robotic unmanned submarine) to look for lost fishing gear and debris.

The Environment Department is now equipped with a “Lifejacket Library” from Transport Canada, we have 19 lifejackets of different sizes that we can lend out to member who need them on the water. There are now three fully trained, on-water oil spill response personnel in their department.

Vacant Rental Unit Available

The Housing Department would like to notify you of a vacant rental unit available!

The Unit is a 1 bedroom located in the fourplex on Jesken Road, the unit will have a washer/dryer, fridge, stove and dishwasher included. Shaw available upon request.

Requirement minimum 2 years of Membership to be eligible for Housing.

Occupancy can be single, couple, single or couple with a child under 6.

Applications must be submitted by Feb 18, move-in will be April 1st.

Please update existing Housing application if needed.

Applications available on the Malahat Website here or physical copies in the Lands & Housing Office. Feel free to contact for more information.

The available unit is on the top right side of this fourplex

Intro to Rental Agreements

Rental Agreements are here for your protection!

The purpose of a Rental Agreement is to define the rights of the Tenant, and the responsibilities of Malahat Nation to maintain an enjoyable and safe environment. The importance of paying Rent helps ensure that future repairs and maintenance are completed for the upkeep of each Rental Unit, as well as the safety and well being of those living in the Rental Unit.

 An in-person meeting will be set before entering a Rental Agreement for the Tenant to ask any questions, and for the Housing Department to explain further details of the Rental Agreement and the Housing Policy. Each Rental Agreement describes the Tenant’s responsibility for Rental payments, regular Rental Unit maintenance, utility payments, and any services provided to the Rental Unit by Malahat Nation, (Ex. Garbage pickup, snow removal.)

Rental Agreements are signed by Chief Administrative Officer, or the Housing Manger if authority is given. All Tenants must sign a Rental Agreement; the Housing Department will keep original Rental Agreements and provide copies to Tenants.

 If the Tenant is receiving income/social assistance, the Rental Agreement must be provided copies of the Band Social Development Worker (BSDW) in the Community Programs Department by the Tenant to ensure eligibility for Shelter Allowance payments; If approved by the BSDW, this must be communicated with the Housing Department.

Rental Agreements will be reviewed and renewed each year by April 1st, if a Rental Agreement is not renewed, the Rental Agreement will remain in effect as a month to month tenancy on the same terms; which may be terminated by the Landlord or the Tenant at anytime by providing a 30-day written notice.

Tenants and/or the Housing Department will update Rental Agreements when needed to reflect any policy updates, or changes to the list of occupants, Tenant contact information or Rent rates.

Please comment below if you have any questions!