Haisla Nation Council is elected every two years and consists of ten Councillors and one Chief Councillor (elected on a separate ballot). Council is responsible for setting and managing the Nation’s budget, and representing the Haisla people in dealings with Canada. The last election was on June 4th, 2011. The next election is June 6th, 2013.
The Haisla people have given the elected Haisla Nation Council (HNC) 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 a host of social, educational and developmental programs.
HNC administration is recognized as a competent and progressive organization by all agencies with whom they do business. HNC devotes a lot of time to ensuring that all relevant government agencies 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.