Grand Chief Doug Kelly
A founding member, elected Tribal Chief, and President of the Stó:lō Tribal Council, Grand Chief Doug Kelly was appointed Chair of the First Nations Health Council in June 2010. The First Nations Health Council is responsible for overseeing the design of and transition to a new First Nations health governance structure as well as overseeing the delivery of health action items identified in the Tripartite First Nations Health Plan.
Grand Chief Doug Kelly has more than twenty-five years of leadership experience including four terms as Chief of Soowahlie, eight years as Tribal Chief & officer for the Stó:lō Tribal Council, and key leadership positions with the First Nations Summit Political Executive, founding Chair of the BC First Nations Fisheries Council, and the BC Treaty Commission.
Mr. Kelly has 13 years experience in senior management positions, including senior leadership roles with the First Nations Chiefs’ Health Committee, Stó:lō Nation, and Stó:lō Tribal Council. Doug also led the development of Stó:lō Health Transfer, Stó:lō Child Welfare, and other programs including fisheries and economic development.
Doug is married, with a blended family of six adult children; he resides on the Soowahlie Indian Reserve located near Cultus Lake, BC.
Chief William Charlie Jr.
William Charlie, Jr. “Chaquawet” is a Coast Salish from the semi-isolated Chehalis (“Sts’ailes”) Indian Band, located about 100km east of Vancouver on the banks of the Harrison River. William is a dedicated family man. He is married to Anna Charlie (nee Leon), and they have 3 boys and three grandsons.
William was born and raised in Sts’ailes, a community of 1,000 members, about half of which live on-reserve. Growing up in the close-knit village of Sts’ailes, William was able to grasp onto the cultural teachings of his people and utilize these teachings. William’s gift and job for the Sts’ailes is to be a voice for our people. He is called upon from many communities and organizations throughout the Fraser Valley to be a voice for special ceremonies, gatherings or meetings. He is also a much sought after lecturer and consultant.
Chaquawet is the elected Chief and appointed CEO for the Chehalis Indian Band. The Chehalis Indian Band is a progressive, sovereign, independent government that is not in the treaty process and is striving for self sufficiency by utilizing the strengths of not only our human resources, but also the rich and vast resources in our traditional territory.
Chaquawet is presently the Chairperson for the Kwikwexwelhp Senate Advisory Committee, a group of independent leaders who oversee the operation of the Kwikwexwelhp Healing Village. He also sits on two BC First Nations Chiefs’ working groups: the First Nations Health Council and the Interim First Nations Child & Family Wellness Council. In September 2009, Chaquawet was elected Vice President of the Union of BC Chiefs (UBCIC).
William is also the co-owner of an award-winning family Aboriginal tourism business called Sasquatch Tours. Sasquatch Tours provides authentic First Nations cultural experiences which include guided river boat tours, First Nations cultural dance performances, drum making, and traditional medicines facilitation.
Chaquawet has been a band staff member and an elected Chehalis Council member for many years. He was instrumental in the re-structuring of the band organization to a director/management team structure. The Band has experienced tremendous growth and presently employs over 170 persons on-reserve. This growth is attributed to the continued guided leadership of the Chief and Council and the professional dedication of the Directors/Management Team and appointed working groups.