On May 1, 2016, Nelson Keitlah passed into the world of the ancestors at the age of 83. Nelson was a member of the Ahousaht First Nation, whose territory includes Flores island off Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island where the Ahousaht now live.
The Ahousaht First Nation is currently in a local state of emergency over its water supply. A leak has caused the critical water shortage, and the reservoir is operating at 34% capacity. Residents of the remote First Nation have been advised to boil water.