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Political Organizational Chart

Chief and Council

Our Chief and Council members are elected for a 3 year period. The current council was elected in June 2012.

Lake Babine Nation Chief & Council Chronological History

Lake Babine Nation traditionally utilized a governing structure called the ‘Bah’lats”. Within the Bah’lats there were Hereditary Chiefs and four clans (Bear, Caribou, Beaver and Frog) who enjoyed a vibrant economy based of inland fishery.

     

    1822 The first missionaries came into the territory.
    1836 The first Hudson Bay Company post (Fort Kilmore) was established at current day Old Fort.
    Early 1900’s Indian Affairs Agent started distributing provisions in Old Hazelton.
    1905 Lake Babine people were very independent since the fish weirs were still in use. Then Department of Fisheries and the Commercial fisheries of BC closed the fish weirs. Two Hereditary Chiefs, Gwist’a’ (Big George) & De Wis Sum Ts’ik (Jack Williams) traveled to Ottawa and successfully negotiated the Babine Barricade Treaty, which has never been fulfilled by the Government of Canada to this day.
    1906 Due to the closure and destruction of the fish weirs, Babine Lake people became poverty stricken, resorting to trapping and working for small developing logging companies. As more settlers started to move into the territory, work became scarce. Membership was estimated at 10,000. Small pox ravaged the Babine Lake Nation resulting in members being buried in mass graves.
    Early 1950’s Poverty continued to take its toll on the Babine Nation people as more people came to the territory, therefore, Babine Nation leaders started to meet with the Indian Agent in Topley & Burns Lake, BC
    1957 The communities of Fort Babine and Old Fort were amalgamated in order to cut down on travels for the Indian Agent.
    Late 1950’s Leaders were selected from the Babine Nation people who would communicate to Indian Affairs on their behalf.
    1960’s The elected Lake Babine officials started to take root where people were given the opportunity to select their leading officials.
    1967 Completion of the forced move of Lake Babine people from the Lake to the Woyenne Reserve in Burns Lake
    2007 Chief & Council elected under custom election code.

 

 

Elected Officials

1959-1962

Nee Ughin’ Lee and Indian Agents

1960's

Chief Margaret Patrick, Councillors JB Charlie, Lawrence Tom, & Joe Alec Sr.

1968

Chief Lawrence Tom, Councillors Dennis Alec, Mark Michell, & Casimel Williams

1969-1972

Chief Margaret Patrick, Councillors Garnet Williams, & Ted Lowley

1972

Chief Ted Lowley Sr. & 5 Councilors

1975-1979

Chief Margaret Patrick & 5 Councilors

1979-1988

Chief Ted Lowley & 5 Councilors

1988-1994

Chief Wilfred Adam & 9 Councilors

1994-1997

Chief Emma Palmantier & 9 Councilors

1997-2000

Chief Betty Patrick & 9 Councilors

2000-2003

Chief Betty Patrick & 9 Councilors

2003-2006

Chief Emma Palmantier & 9 Councilors

2006-2009

Chief Betty Patrick & 9 Councilors

2009-2012

Chief Wilf Adam & 9 Councilors

2012-2015 Chief Wilf Adam & 9 Councilors
2015-2018 Chief Wilf Adam & 9 Councilors

July 2015 - Chief and Council:

          • Chief: Wilfred Adam
          • Deputy Chief: Bessie West


      Council:

        • Bessie West - Economic Development Portfolio
        • Clara Williams - Health Portfolio
        • Darcy Dennis - Treaty/Cultural Portfolio
        • Darren Patrick - Education Portfolio
        • Delores Alec - Social Development Portfolio
        • Derek MacDonald - Housing Portfolio
        • Melvin Joseph - Administration Portfolio
        • Mildred George - Fisheries Portfolio
        • Verna Power - Natural Resources Portfolio

 

 

Vision Statement

A sovereign and prosperous Lake Babine Nation governed by competent and dedicated Chief & Council.

Mission Statement

Lake Babine Nation Chief and Council, through good governance, will ensure all members a healthy, traditional, and prosperous future.

Value Statements

Respect - We acknowledge and recognize the important roles of all Lake Babine Nation leaders, members, staff and Elders who work for the betterment of our communities.

Honesty - We will be truthful and trustworthy while treating everyone in a fair and just manner.

Traditional - We will live up to the traditional and contemporary laws and values of Lake Babine Nation, speak our Nad’uten language and practice our culture.

Health & Wellness - We will live a healthy lifestyle .