Lheidli T’enneh Chief and Council Sworn In
Chief Dominic Frederick shares a word with RCMP Superintendent Warren Brown at swearing in ceremony-photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – It was a packed house at Exploration Place in Prince George as Chief and Council for the Lheidli T’enneh were officially sworn in last night.One by one, Chief and Councillors swore their oath to represent the Lheidli T’enneh with dignity and to respect all others. Prince George RCMP Superintendent Warren Brown officiated.
Chief Frederick was first elected Chief of Lheidli T’enneh in March of 2005. Last month he was elected for his seventh consecutive term.
The Councillors sworn in are:
- Dolleen Logan
- Clayton Pountney
- Vanessa West and
- Shirley Gustason.
Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall addressed the gathering, noting the deepening relationship between the First Nation and the City a relationship he says blossomed during the 2015 Canada Winter Games. “I think that was a real turning point for us in this community” said Mayor Hall “The pavilion, their ability to show the community what they were all about. We had a great opportunity at the pavilion to see artistry, cultural events, music, dance and the presentations they made there were really unbelievable.”
Since that time, the City and the Lheidli T’enneh have held community to community meetings, as well as staff to staff meetings “These are all to build a relationship, a partnership that is long overdue” said Mayor Hall “I can’t say enough how Chief Frederick and his Council have provided an opportunity for us to create that relationship.”
With his leadership Lheidli T’enneh has solidified its role as the host First Nation in land management, economic development, health care, education and cultural activities throughout its traditional territory which stretches from the headwaters of the Fraser River downstream to Hixon Creek, including the Robson Valley and the City of Prince George.