Chief Willie Blackwater
Wilf Adam is a former Chief Councilor of the Lake Babine Band and a co-founder of the Burns Lake Law Centre. He was born in Burns Lake and raised at Pendleton Bay.
Bev Lambert is a Cree from Saulteau First Nations in Moberly Lake, BC. She is the elected representative for Northeastern BC; selected by the Chiefs of the Treaty 8 Tribal area. Bev has approximately 26 years experience working in community-based programming in several of the First Nations communities in northeastern BC in the capacities of: Band Social Worker, Housing Manager, NNADAP Worker, Education & Cultural Coordinator and as a Health Director. She also has experience in urban aboriginal and non-profit organizations in the roles of Management, Program Coordination, Alcohol & Drug Counselling, Advocacy, Education, Baby’s Best Chance, Proposal Writer, a Life Skills Coach and Workshop Facilitator; her most recent experience was working in a regional Health Authority as a Aboriginal Patient Liaison/Navigator and also as Chair for the regional AHIC and co-Chair of the Aboriginal Cancer Care Advisory Committee.
Bev received certification in Aboriginal Addictions Services Worker through the Nechi Institute of Training; as a Life Skills Coach through YWCA of Metro Toronto; and as a Cree Language Instructor through the Maskwachees Cultural College. Bev believes that one is never too old to learn, and is currently working towards completing her Bachelor degree in Social Working.
Bev is a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 5 beautiful grandchildren ranging in age from 5 – 18. She is an avid craftsperson whose favorite and most rewarding hobby is creating beaded footwear and clothing, skills learned from her late mother and grandmother. She considers herself to be a good role model; breaking the cycle of addiction and celebrating 24 years sobriety and wellness while walking on the Red Road with her Spiritual family.