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Born and raised in British Columbia, Kirk is a graduate of Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia with degrees in Political Science and Law. A Practising member of the BC Bar, Kirk has spent the last 15 years working exclusively in the field of First Nations governance, policy and economic development. From 2000 to 2009, Kirk worked with Westbank First Nation (WFN), where he last served as Council Secretariat and General Legal Counsel.

Since 2009, Kirk has been working with the Williams Lake Indian Band to develop and implement an economic development strategy. Key components of that strategy include enhanced governance for Williams Lake Indian Band, strategic utilization of WLIB's land assets, and the pursuit of opportunities flowing from the use of natural resources in WLIB's traditional territory. Kirk has negotiated numerous agreements with mining and other companies, and is overseeing WLIB's transition to First Nations Land Management.

Kirk Also teaches and maintains a legal practice.

Kirk lives in Williams Lake with his wife, Kim, and their two children Caris and Finley.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Born and raised in Lillooet, British Columbia, Aaron is a Member of the Ts’kw’aylaxw First Nation (“TFN”). Aaron obtained a diploma in Natural Resources Management from the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in 1998 and holds certificates in Geographic Information Systems, and Global Positioning Systems, Organization Management Systems and Referral Tracking Systems.

Aaron was instrumental in developing the TFN Natural Resources Department, and founded two Forest Companies, Ts’kw’aylaxw Forestry Ltd. and Marble Canyon Forestry Ltd. (a joint venture with Ainsworth Lumber Ltd.) He also served seven years as a member of TFN Council.

Aaron was a founding member of the Secwepemc Natural Resources Board. He is presently the Williams Lake indian Band Natural Resources Manager and the Manager of the Borland Creek Logging Ltd.

Aaron has extensive experience in engagement with natural resource users, and has negotiated and implemented numerous Impact Benefit and other agreements.

Aaron splits his time between Williams Lake and Lillooet.

 



 

Willie was born and raised in Williams Lake, BC, and is a Member of the Williams Lake Indian Band ("WLIB" or "T’exelc") of the Secwepemc Nation. Elected onto WLIB council at the age of 24 in 2008, Willie was the youngest councillor in WLIB history. He is now serving his second term on WLIB Council.

Willie worked for a number of years as Wildland Firefighter for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations before returning to his community to assume the position of Special Projects Coordinator in the WLIB Economic Development Department. In his current capacity, Willie is responsible for overseeing a broad variety of projects and activities, including new business initiatives flowing from Impact Benefit Agreements, engagement with proponents in the traditional territory and community consultation for major WLIB projects such as the First Nations Land Management Initiative.

Willie currently serves as the starting goaltender of the Senior AA, Lac La Hache Tomahawks of the Central Interior Hockey League (CIHL). In 2009, Willie won a Coy Cup while starting for the Williams Lake Stampeders.

Willie is also an accomplished author, and will be releasing his first children's book "Dipnetting with Dad" in the Spring of 2014. The book describes a personal account of a young Secwepemc boy and his fishing adventures with his Dad and Grandpa.

Willie lives on the WLIB's Sugar Cane Reserve with his wife and two children.