About 180 Gitga’at live in Hartley
Bay year round, and another 450 live off-reserve,
mostly in Prince Rupert, Vancouver and
on Vancouver Island. The community has
a high percentage of young people, and
the population in Hartley Bay is expected
to grow significantly in the future.
Historically, the community depended
upon the commercial fishing industry;
however, many Gitga’at people are
now employed in other economic sectors,
including village administration, public
works and safety, social and health services,
housing, treaty negotiations, education
services, salmon enhancement, forestry,
tourism and ecological research.
There are about 60 homes and several
community buildings in Hartley Bay. There
are no roads in the village – homes
and other buildings are linked by a network
of boardwalks and surrounding by walking
and hiking trails leading to nearby rivers,
lakes, hilltops and estuaries.
Physical infrastructure in the community
includes (would be good to have pictures
of all of these):
- The Hartley Bay Memorial Centre (gymnasium,
kitchen and stage).
Three commemorative poles stand in front
of the Memorial Centre.
- The Waaps Wahmoodmx Cultural Centre.
Built in 2003, this building is a unique
feast hall and Elders Centre. (Possibly
use what K. Campbell has done at http://gitgaat.net/community/waaps01.html
- see what Vinicio thinks.)
- The Hartley Bay Elementary-Secondary
School, which provides kindergarten
to grade 12 curriculum as well as adult
- The Emmanuel United Church, which
provides weekly services and supports
a local choir.
- The Nursing Station. 2 full-time nurses
staff the station which is operated
by Health Canada's First Nations and
Inuit Health Branch.
- The Gitga’at Band Office, which
houses the Band administration, Housing
Coordination, Village Maintenance, Gitga'at
Treaty Office and Gitga'at Development
- The Salmon Enhancement Hatchery. This
facility has been operating since 1979
and is managed by a full-time fisheries
- Hartley Bay Fuels and Marina, which
sells marine gas and diesel and contains
moorage for about 40 boats
Community services include:
- A diesel generator electricity system.
- Daily garbage collection.
- A water system and treatment plant.
- Volunteer fire services.
Several recreation facilities are available
for public use including the Hartley Bay
Memorial gym, playground, sports court,
hiking trail, and Rachel Lee Park which
has a baseball diamond.
Postal services are provided by Canada
Post. Mail arrives by plane five days
per week. The postal outlet is located
in the Band Council Office.