Kukpi7 & Tkwamipla7 (Chief & Council)

Term 2018-2022

Kukpi7 (Chief) Wayne Christian

Wayne M. Christian is of Secwepemc ancestry. His Indian name is Wenecwtsin it comes from his great grandfather. He is a proud father of seven children and twenty-seven grandchildren. Kukpi7 (Chief) Christian was re-elected for his 7th consecutive election with a term for 4 years as Chief of Splatsin January 10th, 2018. Kukpi7 Christian has worked for over 40 years in establishing healing and health systems for the Indigenous Nations of BC. Christian is currently one of the Tribal Chiefs of the Secwepemc Nation representing 9 of the 17 communities of the Secwepemc Nation with responsibilities’ for Stsmamlth (Children) & Aboriginal Title and Rights.

Kukpi7 Christian in his first role as Chief lead two major initiatives in fighting for our rights; the Indian Child Caravan 1980 and the Constitution Express 1980 and 1981—fighting for recognition of our laws and jurisdictions for our lands resources and people.

He is committed to unravelling the legislative genocide that removed our governance from our territories; our families; to rebuild the Secwepemc Nation.

One of Christian’s greatest strengths is a commitment that is firmly rooted in the values, principles and traditions of the Indigenous Nations. His leadership philosophy is based on inclusiveness, spirituality, traditional knowledge rooted in our oral history, a strong belief in our Sovereign land title and rights that are governed by our laws, our values, culture, traditions and our connection with all of creation, he believes strongly that the solutions to the issues in the communities are rooted in the minds, hearts and spirits of the People who will deal with the Government’s legislative genocide.

He is known as a tireless and passionate advocate for recognition of Aboriginal Title and Rights at the political and grassroots levels for the Indigenous Nations and communities, he believes that the children are our future and the future is right now. Whatever it takes the time is now.

Tkwamipla7 (Councillor) Edna Felix

This is Edna’s second term as a Councillor. Her portfolio includes language, culture and social services. Edna has lived here most of her life and was married to Casimir Felix, until his passing in 2011. Edna has three beautiful daughters and one deceased son. She also has seven grandchildren.

Food sovereignty and food sustainability and climate change are major priorities for Edna. Being open and transparent is important because she believes in having Splatsin’s best interest in mind is the highest priority for band members. As a leader, Edna would like to see action and positive solutions and believes it is her responsibility as a Councillor to do her due diligence for those yet unborn, and follow the footsteps of our ancestors that have guided us to follow.

Four years is a long commitment that Edna taken seriously and she works tirelessly to make positive changes and to keep moving forward. Edna is very grateful for the support of Splatsin – for trusting her to represent band members.

Tkwamipla7 (Councillor) Doug Thomas

Doug was born at the Enderby hospital in 1964. Although most of his years were spent living elsewhere, Enderby was always considered home. Throughout secondary school (mainly in the U.S.), Doug was involved in many sports including baseball, football, karate, soccer, and wrestling before graduating in 1982. At the age of 20, Doug moved to the coast to complete a diploma program in Business. He pursued a career in Information Technology and landed a job at a Fortune 500 company (Tech Data Canada). After 28+ years involved in multiple IT projects and a total of 31 years in the industry, he was elected as a Councillor.

A very community-minded person, Doug considers himself very fortunate to be chosen to represent the Splatsin people. He is very excited about the possibilities and willing to share from his vast experience in the business world.

Tkwampila7 (Councillor) Shawn Tronson

During this term, Shawn’s work portfolio includes overseeing Monashee community forest, Spalatsin Construction Services, Technical Operating Committee Rail Trail, Rail Trail Governance Committee, Splatsin Development Corporation (SDC) as a 2ND, as well as the Education Department and is part of working groups with the City of Enderby and the City of Sicamous. Shawn also serves on the Finance Committee.

Shawn is married to his wife Ashley Tronson. He has three daughters Hailey, grandchildren Ashlyn and Holly, Kelsey and Brooklynn. His father, Vern Tronson, is Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) and his mother, Patricia Muskrat, is Splatsin.

Shawn worked for Wildfire Management with the Government of BC for 20+ years. His experience with the government has taught him many things that will help benefit him as a Councillor. He looks forward to learning all that this job entails. Shawn believes in his election promise of being transparent, trustworthy, honest and accountable to his community.

Tkwamipla7 (Councillor) George William

Councillor George William has been on Council on and off throughout the past 20 years. George was born in Armstrong in 1956. He married his wife, Bev, in 1975. They have three children: Mike, Tina and Randy, as well as eleven grandchildren.

George expects that, together with Chief & Council, he will deliver real results and ensure that Splatsin has a strong focus on results. George believes in aligning our resources with priorities to get the results Splatsin wants and needs. Openness and transparency are critical. George hopes to build greater trust between Splatsin and its people and believes that mistakes must be acknowledged when they happen. George aims to be honest, open and sincere in his efforts to serve in the best interest of all band members.

George is deeply grateful to have this opportunity to serve as one of your Councillors as an even greater community is built throughout the next four years. George promises to work tirelessly to honour the trust Splatsin band members have given him and the rest of Chief & Council.

Tkwamipla7 (Councillor) Theresa William

Theresa has lived in Clcahl/Salmon River for most of her life. She is a mother of four children whom she raised in her family home in Clcahl. She also has one grandchild. Theresa started her career off at Splatsin working in the Title and Rights Department where she learned about Title and Rights issues. She then transferred to the Administration Department and was appointed to the Executive Secretary position for Chief and Council in 2005.

During her long tenure as the Executive Secretary, Theresa was exposed to and had opportunities to learn a lot about the management of the Splatsin Administration and overall operations, Splatsin businesses and all of the departments within Splatsin. Theresa also had the opportunity to learn about the financial management of the band’s and roles and responsibilities of the Chief and Council. Theresa remained in the position of Executive Secretary until her successful run for Splatsin Council in January 2018, where she was elected to represent Splatsin. She received the honour of being appointed Sub Chief due to her receiving the most votes for council during the January 2018 election.

Theresa feels extremely honoured by receiving the Splatsin community’s support during the election and that the membership has shown that they believe in her ability to do the job successfully in her term on council. Theresa has a well-rounded understanding of band operations and this has allowed her to transition into her new role as Councillor and Sub Chief seamlessly. She has a great vision for areas of improvement and hopes to help to make the Splatsin community more successful and cohesive during her term. Theresa’s areas of responsibilities for the duration of her term include Finance, Administration, Title & Rights and Governance. She is looking forward to learning and moving our community forward.

Council Board Appointments

Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, First Nation Education Steering Committee, University of BC, Okanagan College, BC Assembly of First Nations, Enderby Chamber of Commerce, City of Enderby Joint Council, City of Enderby Working Group, District of Sicamous, All Nations Trust, First Nations Finance Authority,Township of Spallumcheen, Falkland,North Okanagan & Columbia Shuswap Regional Districts, Sexqeltkemc Enterprises Inc, Community Futures, Restorative Justice, Secwepemc Reconciliation Framework Committees, Sexqeltkemc to Secwepemc Lakes Division, Monashee Community Forest, Assembly of First Nations, Tsm7akasaltn Daycare, Splatsin Development Corporation, First Nation’s Health Council, Secwepemc Health Caucus

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