Coast Salish Territories, November 16th, 2020 – New leadership at the Klahoose First Nation’s Economic Development Corporation, Qathen Xwegus Management Corporation (QXMC), brings vision and hope in challenging times. The recent purchase of Klahoose Wilderness Resort, formerly Homfray Lodge, strengthens business activities for the nation and brings optimism to BC’s regional tourism sector.
QMXC’s role is to support the Klahoose Nation and engage in business ventures that encourage the Klahoose’s self-reliance and economic independence. In the last decade, QXMC has invested in partnerships and resource management in the hydroelectricity and forestry sectors. Since the arrival of new management 18 months ago, QXMC has established innovation and set a new economic vision with significant investment in aquaculture and eco-tourism.
One year ago QXMC’s new manager, Bruno Pereira saw an opportunity to strengthen the Klahoose position in the hospitality sector. Despite the current impact of the pandemic on the Canadian and BC tourism industry Pereira, with the support of the Board of Directors, acquired Homfray Lodge, which the QXMC has rebranded Klahoose Wilderness Resort. “I was deeply touched at the moment I set foot on that site and strategically, this purchase lays our foundation upon which our tourism offer will lay”, says Bruno Pereira. The Resort aligns with the Klahoose Nation’s cultural and traditional values while protecting the territory and creating employment for the community. “When I shared the vision with Chief Peacey, who is also the Chairman of the Board, there was no doubt in his mind either.”