About the Council

Haisla Nation Council (HNC) is elected every two years and consists of ten Councilors and one Chief Councilor, elected on a separate ballot. Council is responsible for setting and managing the Nation’s budget and for representing the Haisla people in dealings with Canada.

Haisla people have given the elected Haisla Nation Council the authority to represent them and to act on their behalf in seeking funding support for Kitamaat Village. HNC administration currently provides municipal services and local delivery of social, educational and developmental programs.

The administration is recognized as a competent and progressive organization by all agencies with whom they do business. HNC devotes time to ensuring that all relevant government agencies and stakeholders understand and support their economic development plans.

Over the years, Haisla Nation Council has worked to secure many benefits for the Haisla Nation. One of the biggest was its work on saving the Kitlope Valley, the world’s largest intact old growth coastal temperate rain forest watershed, from further logging. For its work, Haisla Nation Council received a British Columbia Provincial Award from the Ministry of Environment in 1995.

Meet the Council

ELLIS ROSS

Ellis Ross is the recently elected Chief Councilor of the Haisla Nation, and he has been a fulltime Councilor since 2003. He has had many portfolios over his terms but he has always maintained his connection to those files that have an Aboriginal Rights and Title or Economic Development component.

He has worked for the private sector, the public sector and operated his own business in partnership with his brothers through the lean 1990s.

He is active in golf, soccer and basketball. Ellis has a passion for seeing Haisla succeed in athletics, school and life. For the past 12 years, he has coached and assisted Haisla basketball teams. He also coached the MESS Senior girls basketball team to a zone championship.

TAYLOR CROSS

CRYSTAL SMITH

LUCILLE HARMS

Lucille grew up on a small hobby farm just outside of Terrace and was often found ensconced at the kitchen table, captivated by the soft voices of men talking about Indian Politics. She realized at a very young age that the needs of Indigenous Peoples seemed immeasurable and that education was the force needed to face the systemic issues that plagued them.

Not once had she ever envisioned herself as a political decision maker, but this year when she had been nominated, she left it to the People to decide if they wanted her to echo their concerns.  Understanding that not all requests could be addressed she could at least ensure that none would be dismissed with out being discussed first.

She knows The Haisla do not need fixing or paternalistic answers. They’ve proven their magnificent resiliency. Their society was built around connectedness with their Creator, Community, Territory and neighbouring Nations. She believes a place of order allows for peace within one’s heart, and within one’s world.

Twenty-seven years of nursing will certainly shape some of Lucille’s biases but she hopes that she can emulate a soft gentle approach to create good change.

MARGARET GRANT

Margaret, daughter of Garry and Kay Grant, was born and raised in Kitamaat and is a mother of three. She has been part of Haisla Nation Council since 2007. In her first two terms she served as the Deputy Chief Councillor, and now going in to her third term she is one of the ten Councillors.

As a Councillor, Margaret has learned that a band organization should be run like a business for it to succeed. Having a forward thinking Council and a knowledgeable staff are also keys to its success.

Margaret has considered it an honour to be part of her community’s leadership structure and continues to learn many new and interesting things.

WILLARD GRANT

BRENDA DUNCAN

TREVOR MARTIN

FRED RINGHAM

KEVIN STEWART

Raymond ‘Sonny’ Green