Currently, the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation exercises governance under provisions of the Indian Act, but is working towards the reintroduction of a hereditary governing system. Currently, the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation elects three officials to Chief and Council which is committed to upholding its obligation to its people to provide strong, accountable and effective governance.
Chief Robert Chamberlin, Owadi
Title: Chief Councillor
Tel: (250) 974-8282
Chief Robert Chamberlin was elected Chief Councillor of Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation in 2005. Since that time, he has been actively involved in the community’s comprehensive community planning process, undertaking major capital development projects and engaging in activities for nation strengthening. Currently, Chief Chamberlin also sits as Chair of the Musgamagw-Tsawataineuk Tribal Council and a serves on the Board of Directors for the Inter Tribal Health Authority.
As the elected Vice-President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Chief Chamberlin takes an active role in the defense of Aboriginal Title and Rights and is committed to overcoming the challenges and impacts of fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago. Further, he frequently engages in lobby efforts at both the provincial and federal levels to ensure the protection of First Nations water rights and safe drinking water for our communities.
As the Co-Chair of the First Nation Child Family and Wellness Council, Chief Chamberlin also works to address key issues facing First Nations children and families in British Columbia.
Chief Chamberlin is the son of Stella Smith, brother to three siblings and grandson of Perlie Smith. In his free time, Chief Chamberlin enjoys spending time with his son, staying connected with new and emerging music and improving his overall fitness.
Councillor Herb Chamberlin
Tel: (250) 974-3001
Councillor Herb Chamberlin has served a number of terms as an elected councillor for the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation. Currently, Herb works part-time in the Gilford office as part of the administrative team and represents the Nation on the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council. Herb brings a number of years of experience and knowledge on fisheries related issues, as well on social services and health issues.
Herb is the eldest son of Stella Smith’s four children and grandson of Perlie Smith. In his free time, Herb leads by example and is actively working towards improving his overall health and life-style.
Councillor Sandy Toby Johnson
Tel: (250) 974-3001
Councillor Sandy Johnson has served a number of terms as Councillor and one term as Chief Councillor. Sandy has a number of years of experience and knowledge on all fisheries-related and forestry issues. Currently, in addition to his role as Councillor of the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation, Sandy serves on a number of committees and boards including: Sasamans Society (Voices of Our Children); IMAG and on the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council.
Sandy is the son of Sam and Lena Johnson, and husband of Grace Johnson. Sandy has one daughter and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren. In his free time, Sandy also enjoys wood carving and painting. Recently, Sandy has also begun to work with carving silver jewelry and creating acid etchings.