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Constitution:

Membership: The Toquaht Nation has approximately 115 registered members, 8 living on-reserve and 107 living away from home.

Location: The Toquaht First Nation is located in Barkley Sound near the town of Ucluelet.

Background: The Toquaht people derive their name from a Nuu-chah-nulth word meaning:
 "people of the narrow place in front," or  "people of the narrow channel."

Toquaht First Nation has 7 Traditional Village Sites covering 196 hectares and is the smallest of the Nuu-chah-nulth Central Region Nations with 115 members most of whom live living away from home. 

The Nuu-chah-nulth people have lived on the west coast of Vancouver Island for an estimated 10,000 years or more. Their traditional society lived in harmony with the rich resources of the coastal temperate rainforest.

There are 6 reserve sites. The only inhabited site is Macoah. It is located by Macoah Passage just west of Toquaht Bay on the north side Barkley Sound. Protected by a group of Islands, Macoah is where a number of Toquaht Band Members make their home. It was populated many years ago but had lain vacant for several years. About 25 years ago 9 houses were built on it and a few members moved back. It is accessed by sea or Toquaht Forest Service Road off of Highway 4.

The 5 other sites are Deekyakus, Chenatha, Dookqua, Dookqua (a), and Stuart Bay. All located within Barkley Sound.
The Chief and Council are all Hereditary. Bert Mack is Head Chief, Kevin Mack is councel as well as second chief. Lillian Mack is councel as well.

Representatives from the Toquaht, Ahousaht, Hesquiaht, Tla-o-qui-aht, & Ucluelet First Nations make up the Central Region Nuu-chah-nulth Language Society. They maintain the notion that to feel proud of ourselves, we need to encourage the revitalization of our heritage as First Nations.  We keep the knowledge of our Elders alive.  This society was formed a year ago, and has developed 2 CD-ROMs on traditional plants and animals, and marine resources and a children’s book (with more on the way). The name, Hu?aciiyak'wap Ciiqy'ak, means Bringing Back the Language.