Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir
"Golden Day Woman"
Tk'emlups te Secwepe'mc
It is with great pleasure to be acclaimed a BCAFN Board of Directors for this 3-year term 2020-2023. I am honored to be serving Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc as their Kukpi7/Chief. I belong to one of the 17 campfires within Secwepemcúl̓ecw and am an active advocate in promoting healthy lifestyles dedicated to celebrating who we are and advancing our communities initiatives for collective benefit. I am a strong confident woman leading by example.
I have extensive political experience at the community, municipality, provincial and the federal level to advance community driven initiatives. We must all act as ambassadors to promoting awareness within every level of government through better communication, building on shared values, and creating and establishing better relationships. Looking forward to what the future holds and embracing this valuable experience to be part of the BCAFN team to enhance my skillsets and for me to share knowledge that I have gained along the way from my passion to be lead.
I look forward to being a Board of Director and providing good governance, leadership, and to work and learn from the Regional Chief and the leadership technical team of the BCAFN.
Professional and Academic Achievements:
- Currently Kukpi7/Chief, previously Elected three (3) terms, nine (9) years as Councillor for TteS
- Ethics Committee by UBCIC
- A Previous Thompson Rivers University Foundation Board Member, two (2) years, volunteer
- Certificate and a Diploma in Business Administration, Okanagan University
- Certificates in Negotiation Skills Training, Banff Leadership Development Center
- Certificate for On Reserve Matrimonial Real Property Training
- Three (3) Business Excellence and First Nation’s Women in Business Awards as a Wrap Artist, WrapZone
- Graduate of the Home Support and Long-Term Care Aide Program
- Choices Leadership Training
- Cultural Secwepemc Songs and Dances
- Housing Manager, The Kekuli Center, for Youth at Risk
- Seven Generations Institute for Training and Development
- Volunteered at Armstrong Community Center completing supports for all employment readiness initiatives and office activities
- Recipient of a 2001 International Year of Volunteers Certificate from Canada Revenue Agency as a Canadian Volunteer from Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada
Volunteer in the World Fusion of Wearable Art Fashion Show 2017 as a model to raise money and awareness for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, hosted in Tḱemlúps te Secwepemc.
As Kukpi7/Chief of Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc, I lift my hands up and acknowledge all predecessors and look forward to contributing to the Board. For me, this will be an incredibly valuable experience to be part of the BCAFN team.
Chief (former) Brian Assu
We Wai Kai Nation
Brian Assu Sr. in an elected board member of the BC Assembly of First Nations and former Chief of the We Wai Kai Nation. During his time as Chief of the We Wai Kai Nation, the Nation has grown and has become fully integrated into regional economy and has progressively brought law making authority and governance home to the Nation’s membership.
Brian has served on numerous Boards and Commissions throughout his career including 23 years on the Fraser Panel, 5 of which he served as the appointed Canadian Commissioner on the Pacific Salmon Commission. He was appointed to BC Hydro’s Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program in 2002 and served as Chair for 15 years. He has Chaired the very progressive A-Tlegay Fisheries Society since 1999 and has been on the Laich-Kwil-Tach Treaty Society since 1996.
Brian is pleased to be involved with the BCAFN as a board member. He believes that strong Nations are created at home; however, there is an important role for organizations like the BCAFN to make sure the tide lifts all boats.
On a personal level, Brian is an active commercial fisher with his seine boat the Western Brave which has been an Area 13 contract test fishing vessel since 1995. He grew up in the Cape Mudge village on Quadra Island alongside his three brothers and now resides in Campbell River with his wife of 5 years and is an actively involved loving father to their 3 young children.
Chief Harvey McLeod
Upper Nicola Band
Chief Harvey McLeod is the elected chief of the Upper Nicola Band. He was elected to the BCAFN Board of Directors on October 12, 2017. Chief McLeod was first elected to Upper Nicola Band council in 1982. He was elected Chief of Upper Nicola Band in March of 2014 and re-elected in March 2017.
As an individual, Chief McLeod has experienced some lows and highs in his lifetime. As a residential school survivor, Chief McLeod has taken steps to improve his wellness and throughout his healing journey has built up the confidence to take on any challenge and face any demons. Understanding that forgiveness and knowing life is more fulfilling gives Chief McLeod the strength to assist his family and community and to step forward in a good way. In his two grandchildren, he sees the opportunities that he never had, and knowing that they will have the opportunity to be seen gives him the strength to continue serving his community and the Chiefs of BC.
As the eldest of seven siblings (five surviving), Chief McLeod was the first to graduate in his family, and the first to receive a college diploma in Agriculture from Fairview College in Alberta in 1984. Harvey has previous experience with the Western Indian Agriculture Corporation and the Nicola Valley Indian Development Corporation as a small business advisor, and has worked for Human Resources Development Canada for nine years. Chief McLeod has also worked for many years as the Executive Director of the Interior Salish Employment and Training Society (AHRDA).
Chief Councillor Elaine Moore
Biography and photograph pending