The Fraser Salish Region consists of 32 First Nations communities; in which each community elects their own First Nations Chief based on their own selection process.
In order to coordinate and oversee health developments in the Region, Fraser Salish First Nations have formed the Fraser Salish Regional Caucus, which created the space for political and technical leads from the region’s First Nations to come together to collaborate and share information. In the creation of the Fraser Salish Caucus, the Fraser Salish Chiefs and Leaders created the caucus to mirror the main groups within the Fraser Salish: Stó:lō Nation, Stó:lō Tribal Chiefs Council, and the Independents. The Fraser Salish Caucus is represented by the First Nations communities that reside within the Fraser Salish Region with three FNHC Representatives. The community or Nation’s own Tribal or Band Council selects its own FNHC representatives using its own processes.
|Sub-Region||FNHC Representative||Member Communities|
|Stó:lō Nation||Chief Maureen Chapman||Tzeachten, Skowkale, Yakweakwioosse, Aitchelitz, Squiala, Skway, Matsqui, Sumas, Leq’a:mel, Popkum, Skawahlook.|
|Stó:lō Tribal Chiefs Council||Grand Chief Doug Kelly||Soowahlie, Kwaw-kwaw-a-pilt, Kwantlen, Scowlitz, Cheam, Seabird Island, Shxw’ow’hamel, Chawathil.|
|Independents||Willie Charlie||Tsawwassen, Qayqayt, Semiahmoo, Kwikwetlem, Katzie, Skwah, Sts’ailes, Peters, Union Bar, Yale, Spuzzum, Boston Bar, Boothroyd|
Every First Nation community has space for a Chief or Council member or a community health lead representative per First Nation Community for a total of 32 Caucus Members. The leadership from the Fraser Salish Region also have sub-regional caucuses to bring forward sub-regional issues and concerns, which are brought to the full caucus for collaboration. The following provides an overview on the Fraser Salish Governance structure:
Fraser Salish Regional Caucus Terms of Reference and Sub-Regional Terms of Reference
Fraser Salish Partnership Accord
Read more about the Fraser-Salish Regions’ geography, population, communities and health organisations on the FNHA website here.