Old Massett Village Council - Hiellen Longhouse Village Expansion

The proposed Hiellen Longhouse Village Expasion Project will involve the clearing of land and construction of the following:

• Seven new cabins, some of which will be connected by an elevated walkway to the backside of other existing cabins. The elevated walkway will improve wheelchair accessibility and flow throughout the site, especially for groups split between separate cabins.

• Four or more new tent pads near North Beach with views of the ocean which will provide a new type of amenity and experience to the HLV. 

• New washroom and shower building located behind the group longhouse, eliminating the need for portable toilets to accommodate large events.

• The septic tanks will be relocated to the northeast and reinstalled along with additional tanks to achieve the required storage and treatment capacity. A sewage lift station will be constructed next to the septic tanks in order to move the effluent to a new sand mounded septic field.

• Improved and more safe access to North Beach provided by an elevated walkway that departs from the cabins and meanders through the forest and above the wetlands. The walkway will make accessing the beach a better experience for guests and connect seamlessly with the new beachside tent pads and elevated walkway to the cabins.

• A new looped gravel roadway which will provide vehicle access to the front door of each of the new cabins for construction, operations and maintenance purposes. The plan will also require that improvements be made to the roadway that intersects the south end of the reserve in order to provide access to the proposed new sand mounded septic field.

• Gathering spaces and communal fire pits are included in the plan to create spaces for visitors to gather together through improving the existing shared spaces adjacent to the Longhouse and the central tent pads.


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Old Massett Village Council - Hiellen Longhouse Village Expansion – Public Comments Invited


June 30, 2023 – Indigenous Services Canada must determine whether the proposed Hiellen Longhouse Village Expansion, located in Old Massett, BC is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. To help inform this determination, Indigenous Services Canada is inviting comments from the public respecting that determination.


Written comments must be submitted by July 30, 2023.



Elizabeth Kovics, Senior Environmental Specialist
1138 Melville Street, Vancouver BC
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4S3
Email: elizabeth.kovics@sac-isc.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Old Massett Village Council (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
    • Highways and Roads
    • Waste Management
    • Maintenance activities (fences, walls)
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Old Massett Village Council
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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