Introducing our new Chief & Council!

Introducing our new Chief & Council!

News & UpdatesIntroducing our new Chief & Council!

Introducing our new Chief & Council!

We would like to introduce you to our new Tsleil-Waututh Nation Elected Chief & Council members, whose term began July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2025:

  • Chief Jen Thomas
  • Councillor Charlene Aleck
  • Councillor Deanna George
  • Councillor Liana Martin
  • Councillor Kevin O’Neill
  • Councillor Curtis Thomas
  • Councillor Dennis Thomas

Head on over to our Elected Chief and Council page to learn more about the experiences, cultural work, and backgrounds that Chief Jen Thomas and each of our new councillors brings towards the self-governance and leadership of our Nation.

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On June 17, there was a beautiful celebration in this beautiful city that is home to Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish people, explains Gabriel George, Director of Treaty Lands and Resources. In the colonisation of these lands we were erased, and today some of the erasure was undone. Our collective Nations came together and put a name on this beautiful park. The names are: sθәqәlxenәm in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language and ts’exwts’áxwi7 in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language.
The xʔəl̓.lwətaʔɬ/Indian River Watershed is located approximately 30 kilometres northeast of Vancouver and is the southernmost fjord on the west coast of North America. It is surrounded by the Seymour, Stawamus, Mamquam, Pitt, and Coquitlam Watersheds.
Last week, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Environment and Climate Change Canada celebrated their landmark, first-of-its-kindagreement to co-manage Disposal at Sea within Burrard Inlet, with their Agreement on Collaborative Decision Making Regarding Disposal at Sea.
On May 10 & 11, 2022, Tsleil-Waututh Nation Staff, Community, and School students came together to help prep and tie cə́ləm (eelgrass) shoots for transplant. cə́ləm (eelgrass) is a flowering plant that grows in shallow, sheltered areas of the ocean and is important habitat for fish, crabs and other animals. There have been many traditional uses of eelgrass by First Nations, including as food. 
Alongside Tsleil-Waututh family, Musqueam & Squamish relatives, Chief & Council, and Tsleil-Waututh leaders, Elder Carleen Thomas, ‘Unsakhalote’, became the new Chancellor of Emily Carr University Art + Design (ECUAD). This is a special moment for our community and historically, as Carleen is the first Indigenous person to hold the Chancellor position at Emily Carr University.
The 2025 Invictus Games will be hosted in Vancouver and Whistler with support from Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. The Invictus Games is an 8-day competition for wounded and ill military personnel from around the world, and has over 500 athletes from more than 20 nations competing.