In Courtenay-Alberni we are fortunate to live in the territories of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Coast Salish and K’moks peoples.

The important work of reconciliation must be done in good faith and in true, equal partnership with Indigenous communities. This includes upholding Indigenous rights, advancing self-determination, investing in children, accessible healthcare, safe quality housing for all and nurturing healthy communities as a basic right for every family. It also involves recognizing and combatting systemic racism and increasing funding to pay for measures which will help end violence against Indigenous women and girls.

There is a genocide in Canada against Indigenous women. The government created a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and but has not fully acted on its calls to justice. We must have a national action plan and I continue to press the government for urgent action.

Building of a New community for Ahousaht First Nation

Hundreds of Ahousaht members have been living in the Alberni Valley (for four generations!), still very much tied to family and relations in their ancestral home on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, but without a central place to live or celebrate culture in Port Alberni.
That is changing, thanks to an incredible vision and partnership to build 35 affordable homes, an outdoor gathering space and playground, and a cultural centre in the former site of Glenwood Elementary School in Port Alberni.
Ahousaht First Nation leaders first seized the vision of building homes for their members living in the Alberni Valley a few years ago. They formed the Čitaapi Mahtii Housing Society, to follow traditional protocols and seek the partnerships needed to build these homes.
They conducted Nuu-chah-nulth protocols and sought the blessing of the Hupacasath and Tseshaht nations (in whose territories these new homes will be built). They worked with the City of Port Alberni to secure land (donated by the City) and establish the proper zoning.
They developed a dedicated team of professionals - from architects to development specialists - and they secured seed funding from CMHC before successfully applying for $6.4 million
Congratulations to Ahousaht First Nation, the Čitaapi Mahtii Housing Society, Josie Osborne and the BC NDP government, Sharie Minions - Port Alberni Mayor, her Council and City staff and the Port Alberni Friendship Centre for making this happen. It will make a difference to many lives and many families for generations to come!

Gord Johns statement for Indigenous Veterans Day

MP Gord Johns' statement for Indigenous Veterans Day: 

November 8th, 2023- Today, On Indigenous Veterans Day, we honour all those First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who have proudly served Canada in our armed forces. More than 12,000 Indigenous people have served throughout Canada's history, many of whom continue to serve today. We know through the stories shared by Indigenous veterans and their families that they were often forced to overcome many challenges to serve in uniform, often enduring hatred and systemic racism within the ranks. Many Indigenous servicemen and women came home from war to fight for recognition and equality. We owe them, their families and communities a debt of gratitude and support on this day and every day. 

IN THE NEWS – Alberni Valley News – Industrial waterfront development, Indigenous issues on table as NDP leader visits Alberni Valley

Economic development on the waterfront was one of the main topics of discussion during a recent visit to Port Alberni, B.C. by federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

Singh was joined by Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns as he travelled to Port Alberni’s waterfront on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for a chance to see some of the new opportunities for economic growth. Johns said there are a number of “incredible” initiatives on the waterfront that are building economic resiliency in the Port Alberni region, which has seen many ups and downs over the years in the forestry and fishing sectors. Some of these initiatives include Coastal Restoration Society choosing Port Alberni as its Vancouver Island hub, the opening of The Dock+ food hub and the creation of Uchucklesaht First Nation’s Thunderbird Spirit Water.

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