Chief & Council
Kitselas Band Council governs Kitselas First Nation. The Band Council includes one Chief and several councillors. The number of councillors increases and decreases depending on Kitselas’ population.
The role of Council is to provide the overall direction for the Nation and for the Kitselas Administration to carry out this direction. The Council aims to act in the best interest of all Kitselas members, to enhance the well-being of Kitselas community members while protecting the Nation’s assets.
Together, Kitselas Council and staff created a strategic framework, that outlines the vision, goals and values of the Nation, and guides decision-making.
The Kitselas Chief and Council are elected every two years. Any member of Kitselas First Nations, above the age of 18, is eligible to be on council.
Current Council (Elected June 2019)
Chief Councillor Judy Gerow
Councillor Cyril Nabess-Bennett
Councillor Clarisa Spencer
Councillor Lynn Parker
Councillor Harold Lloyd McDames Sr.
Councillor Ian Chad Gerow
Council meetings take place every two weeks at the Administration Building in Gitaus at 5pm in the boardroom.
For more information about council meetings and/or if you are interested in presenting to Kitselas Council, please contact the Kitselas Executive Assistant.
All Kitselas members and community members are welcome to attend Kitselas Council meetings.
Laws & Policies
Kitselas Council governs through a policy-based model. As laws are created and put in place, so are complementary policies and procedures. Kitselas Council sets these policies.
In general, a policy outlines what a government hopes to achieve and the methods and principles it will use to achieve them. A policy document is not a law but it will often identify new laws needed to achieve its goals.
Laws, on the other hand, set standards, procedures and principles that must be followed. If a law is not followed, those responsible for breaking them can be prosecuted in court.
Below are policies set by Council that Kitselas Administration and staff must adhere too.
Below are current Kitselas laws, applicable on Kitselas reserve lands.
Kitselas Reserve Lands Management Act
(Clause by clause explanation of the Kitselas Act)
Kitselas Land Interests Law
Kitselas Family Property Law
Kitselas Property Taxation Act
Kitselas Property Assessment Act
Kitselas Financial Administration Law
Kitselas Dog Control Act
Kitselas Council works closely with Kitselas community members through several committees and working groups.
Community Wellness Working Group
A key challenge facing Chief and Council is how to pursue initiatives aimed at improving community well-being, in a manner that is holistic and strategic in approach and includes meaningful community input.
The Community Wellness Working Group is formed of community members such as elders, off reserve, staff and general community who put their name forward to help Chief and Council receive meaningful community input on how to strategically pursue initiatives aimed at improving community well-being .
The Working Group is in the process of developing a new policy, to be called the community Investment Policy. The goal of the policy is to guide Council’s decision making on funds received through sources such as negotiations, also known as Own Source revenue.
Finance & Audit Committee
The Finance and Audit Committee provides Council with advice and recommendations in order to support Council’s decision-making process respecting the financial administration of the Nation. Two of the three committee members are councillors.
Current members include:
- Sam Harris, Sue Bevan, Roxanne Ridler and Jodie McKay