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Lil'wat Nation election kicks off this week

Lil'wat Nation members will elect a new chief and council on July 15
Lil'wat Nation Chief Dean Nelson stands with School District 48 representatives and Lil'wat Nation staff at a land transfer ceremony last fall.

Lil’wat Nation members will soon head to the polls to elect a political chief, cultural chief and 11 councillors. A nomination meeting is set for June 1 at U̓ll̓us Community Complex from 6 to 9 p.m. 

The Nation advises candidates to complete a criminal record check no more than five days after the nomination meeting; on-reserve members can visit the St'at'imc Tribal Police to do this, while off-reserve members can go to the RCMP. 

Following the nomination meeting, a speech night will take place at U̓ll̓us on June 29, beginning at 7 p.m., at which Nation members will get a chance to hear candidates' platforms and ideals. The general election is set for July 15 at Xet̓ólacw Community School; in-person voting will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Xet̓ólacw Community School marks 50 years 

The Lil'wat Nation invites members to attend an open house to mark the 50th anniversary of the Xet̓ólacw Community School. The open house will occur in the school's immersion, special education and music buildings on May 31. 

The school opened in 1973 in Mount Currie and runs on the principle of teaching Nt̓ákmen (our way). Past and present staff, board members, graduates and language champions will be recognized and honoured at the open house. Lunch begins at noon and dinner at 5 p.m. 

Pipi7iyekw (Joffre Lake) Park Update 

The Nation is reminding its members that the Lil’wat's Lands and Resources division is continuing to work with N’quatqua Nation and BC Parks on the Joffre Lakes Visitor Management Strategy and that Skel7awlh (stewards) will be on the trails conducting wildlife surveys throughout the summer. 

The day-use pass system is in place at the park to help manage the number of visitors, but the system does not apply to Indigenous people. Instead, they can inform the park attendant that they are Indigenous when they arrive. 

Volunteer firefighters needed 

The Lil’wat Volunteer Fire Service is calling for more Nation members to sign up as volunteer firefighters. Volunteers must commit to a few hours a week with the service and be ready to respond to calls. Training and education is provided, and volunteers are paid $20 per call out. Those interested should email Fire Chief Marshall Ritchie at [email protected] 

For more information on what's happening at the Lil’wat Nation, check out and the Nation's May newsletter