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.


Crystal Smith
Crystal SmithChief Councillor
Harvey Grant
Harvey GrantCouncillor
Taylor Cross
Taylor CrossCouncillor
Kevin Stewart
Kevin StewartCouncillor
Raymond 'Sonny' Green
Raymond 'Sonny' GreenCouncillor
Fred Ringham
Fred RinghamCouncillor
Trevor Martin
Trevor MartinCouncillor
Willard Grant
Willard GrantCouncillor
Margaret Grant
Margaret GrantCouncillor
Lucille Harms
Lucille HarmsCouncillor
Brenda Duncan
Brenda DuncanCouncillor