The “Society”

Posted on January 16, 2014

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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 came together on September 26, 2003 and incorporated the Maiyoo Keyoh Society.

The society’s constitution specifies that it serves to represent the interests of the Keyohwhudachun aka Keyoh Holder.  The Keyohwudachun is the hereditary chief of the Maiyoo Keyoh and part of our indigenous customary law.  Sally Sam is the current chief and Keyohwudachun for the Maiyoo Keyoh.

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 families 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.