Posted on January 16, 2014
In 2003 the Maiyoo Keyoh senior family members became increasingly concerned about the impacts of resource extraction. Of particular concern, was the impact of large scale industrial logging on the keyoh. Industrial resource extraction, logging, was destroying prime habitat that is required to support adequate populations of ungulates, birds, fur-bearing animals, and fish, which sustain the Maiyoo Keyoh members.
In response to the resource extraction activities, the senior family members of the Maiyoo Keyoh, at the direction of Chief Sally Sam, the Keyohwhudachun, came together to establish and incorporate the Maiyoo Keyoh Society on September 26, 2003.
The society’s constitution specifies that it serves to protect the ancestral territory through the use of the Section 35 rights from the Constitution Act 1982.
The Society works to promote responsible resource management within the Maiyoo Keyoh. The Society works to protect its aboriginal title in accordance with the societies constitution and bylaws.
The Maiyoo Keyoh Society has undertaken a number of research projects to help communicate their rights and interests and has adopted a land use plan. The keyoh’s management plan has been shared with industry proponents and the Crown so that they may employ practices which will preserve and protect the family’s rights. The plan specifies sustainable development regimes within Maiyoo Keyoh so that the family’s rights are not unjustly infringed upon. The Maiyoo Keyoh Society serves as the formal modern day legal entity for the customary groups government.
Donate and help the Maiyoo Keyoh pursue their Rights & Title to protect the ancestral Maiyoo Keyoh Territory.