Board of Directors
Skawahlook First Nation
Shxwetelemel-elhot, also known as Chief Maureen Chapman, was born in Clearwater, BC. She spent a number of years in Washington State where she graduated from high school, raised her family and, returned to BC in the early 1990’s. Her son, Jesse, and his family reside in southeastern Washington State.
After returning to BC, she continued her studies at the University of the Fraser Valley and also began her Council work for Skawahlook First Nation, a member community of the Sto:lo Nation, who are the People of the River. Maureen is the hereditary Chief of her Nation and, was handed this responsibility in 1999. Skawahlook First Nation practices a matrilineal system and, her successor is being mentored for the Chief’s position. Maureen participates as a member of the Sto:lo Nation Chief’s Council (SNCC), which is comprised of 11 First Nation communities and, 7 of the 11 communities who are currently negotiating a treaty. She has been appointed by the SNCC to represent them, as their political voice, to the First Nations Health Council, as well as additionally participating on a number of committees and boards for the SNCC. Skawahlook First Nation is a member of the Lands Advisory Board and Chief Chapman is an elected Director for the Board.
Maureen’s involvement with BCAFN, aside from being a Director, includes a political appointment to the Chiefs Committee on Claims, and she is currently assisting the Regional Chief in establishing a BCAFN Women’s Council.
Pauquachin First Nation
Chief Harris was elected Chief of Pauquachin First Nation in October 2014 at the age of 33, with a vision of applying her experience and education in the hope of improving the quality of life of Pauquachin First Nation members.
Chief Harris has attained the following educational achievements: Diploma in Social Work at Malaspina College University; Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care- Vancouver Island University; Post-Degree in Business Management and Leadership at Vancouver Island University; Master’s in Business Administration- Vancouver Island University and a second Master’s Degree in International Business and Science – University of Hertfordshire. While completing her education, Chief Harris focused on furthering her efforts to gain as much experience and knowledge to enhance her ability to make a difference and influence change. Having worked within First Nation Businesses and Organizations for about 15 years, she maintains a resilient commitment to enhancing Aboriginal programs. I pride myself in being able to balance the effectiveness of a job with its efficiency.
A proud mother of four children, aside from her role as a Director of the BCAFN, Chief Harris also sits on the following boards and committees: National Indian Brotherhood Board of trustee (BC Representative); and is a Member on the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and the Environment (BC Region Representative).
Katzie First Nation
Chief Susan Miller is a member of the Katzie First Nation, who’s traditional and un-ceded territory includes Pitt Meadows, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Surrey, and Langley. Katzie’s residential reserves are situated along the Fraser River.
She was elected to the positon of Chief in October 2013 and acclaimed as Chief during the 2014 elections. Chief Miller was re-elected in 2016 for a second term. She has worked for First Nation communities her entire career, in the areas of Health, Social Services, Band Management and Education.
As a proud Katzie woman who spent her childhood under the care of the Ministry of Children and Families, she returned to her Nation at the age of 23 and is continually learning more of her culture every day and participates whenever possible in the traditions and protocol of the Coast Salish and Katzie people.
Heiltsuk First Nation
Marilyn Slett is a member of the Heilsuk Nation and is serving her ninth year as elected chief councillor. Marilyn has served two consecutive terms as an elected tribal councillor and is a former executive director of the Heilsuk Tribal Council. She has completed the certificate in the administration of indigenous governments and diploma in public sector management with the University of Victoria. Her regional representation includes current President of the Coastal First Nations/Great Bear Initiative and is the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations Women’s Representative on the National Assembly of First Nations Women’s Council.