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

CRYSTAL SMITH

Crystal Smith is Haisla Nation Council’s acting Chief Councillor.

Smith has long served HNC, originally at the staff level in the Chief Councillor’s office, and later elected to Council itself.

She is the Chair of HNC’s Stakeholder Relations committee.

TAYLOR CROSS

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

Trevor Martin is one of Haisla Nation Council’s newest councillors.

He was elected in June 2015 on a desire to see Haisla members receive the education they need and want to find a career that is more than a job.

Today he Chair’s the HNC Communications sub-committee where he leads policy initiatives to raise the profile of Haisla Nation Council both to its own members and to the wider world. He is also the lead on the Haisla Nation’s Joint Venture partnerships.

He’s proud to champion the work the Haisla Nation Council does for the betterment of its members.

FRED RINGHAM

KEVIN STEWART

RAYMOND ‘SONNY’ GREEN