Indigenous Governing Bodies

Indigenous Governing Bodies for the purpose of providing notice under section 12 of An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families

Section 12 of the federal Act respecting First Nation, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families requires the director under the Child, Family and Community Service Act to provide notice of significant measures to the Indigenous Governing Body to which a child belongs. Current Ministry of Children and Family Development policy interprets significant measures as being broader than court proceedings.

The same provision requires the Indigenous Governing Body to inform the Ministry of Children and Family Development that it is authorized to act on behalf of a section 35 rights-holding collective for the purposes of notice.

Documentation can be submitted to Denise Devenny, Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnerships and Indigenous Engagement Division, Ministry of Children and Family Development:
by email to: Denise.Devenny@gov.bc.ca
or by mail to:

Denise Devenny, Assistant Deputy Minister 
Partnerships and Indigenous Engagement Division
Ministry of Children and Family Development
PO BOX 9745 STN PROV GOVT         
Victoria, BC
V8V 0C5

Resources:

 

Name of Indigenous Governing Body

Community, group or people with rights under s. 35 of the Constitution Act that is represented by the Indigenous Governing Body

Alternate Name (if applicable) Band Number (if applicable) Contact Information for Indigenous Governing Body

Band Council of Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation

Effective Date: November 29, 2021

Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation    

Primary Contact:

Name: Melissa Allen
Title: A/Child and Family Services Manager, Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Health and Family Services

Email address: melissa_allen@gnhfs.com

Mailing address: Box 998 Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0

Alternate Contact (if primary does not respond via phone or email within 24 hours):

Name: Eleanor Wilson
Title: A/Director, Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Health and Family Services

Email address: eleanor_wilson@gnhfs.com

Name: Charlotte (Salla) Sukow
Title: Jurisdiction Program Manager - Emergency Program Coordinator, Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation

Email address: salla_sukow@gnhfs.com

Council of the Tl'etinqox Government

Effective Date: November 30, 2021

Tl'etinqox (Anaham)

   

Primary Contact:

Name: Angela Giovanelli
Title: Chief’s advisor, social services

Phone Number: 250-394-4302 ext. 233

Fax Number: 250-394-7026

Email address: Angelag@tletinqox.ca

Mailing address: P.O box 168 Alexis Creek BC Canada VOL 1AO

Alternate Contact (if primary does not respond via phone or email within 24 hours):

Name: Ashton Harry
Title: Executive Director

Phone Number: 250-394-4212 ext. 214

Email address: ashtonharry@tletinqox.ca

Mailing address: P.O box 168 Alexis Creek BC Canada VOL 1AO

Cowichan Tribes Chief and Council

Effective Date: April 30, 2020

Cowichan Tribes

  • Kw’amutsun
  • Qwum’yiqun’
  • Hwulqwselu
  • S’amuna’
  • L’uml’umuluts
  • Hinupsum
  • Tl’ulpalus
 

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Cowichan Tribes General Manager
Phone number: 250-748-3196
Fax: 250-748-1233

Mailing Address:
5760 Allenby Road
Duncan, BC V9L 5J1

Lake Babine Nation

Effective Date: November 23, 2020

Lake Babine Nation

 

607

Please attempt to contact by phone first. If no answer, please try email, and fax last.

Primary Contact:
Fern Abraham, Child and Family Services Team Leader

Phone Number:
(250) 692-5029 (office/fax)
(250) 692-9908 (cell)

fern.abraham@lakebabine.com

Alternative Contact:

Yvette Pierre, Child & Family Prevention Worker

Phone Numbers:
(250) 692-5025 (office/fax)
(250) 692-9223 (cell)

yvette.pierre@lakebabine.com

Mailing Address:
PO Box 624, Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0

Physical Address:
PO Box 624
130 Tsa Street 
Burns Lake, BC
V0J 1E0

McLeod Lake Indian Band

Effective Date: September 15, 2021

McLeod Lake Indian Band    

Primary Contact: Chris Branigan, Family Worker

Phone Numbers:
250-750-6853 (office) 
250-617-3296 (cell)
Fax Number: 250-750-4420

Email: familytherapist@mlib.ca

 

Alternate Contact (if primary does not respond via phone or email within 24 hours):
Meaghan Van Somer, Health Director

Phone Numbers:
250-750-4415 (office) 
250-851-5172 (cell)
Fax Number: 250-750-4420

Email: mvansomer@mlib.ca

Mailing Address: 
61 Sekani Drive, General Delivery, McLeod Lake, BC, V0J 2G0

Nisga’a Lisims Government

Effective Date: April 1, 2020

Nisga’a Lisims Nation

  • Gitlaxt'aamiks (formerly New Aiyansh) Village
  • Nisga'a Village of Gitlakdamix
  • Laxgalts’ap Village
  • Gingolx Village

 

  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Lakalzap Band
  • Gingolx First Nation

 

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679
678

671

Director of Programs and Services
Phone Number: 250-633-3019
Fax: 250-633-3086

Mailing Address:
PO Box 231, 2000 Lisims Drive
Gitlaxt'aamiks (formerly New Aiyansh), BC V0J 1A0

Simpcw Chief and Council

Effective Date: June 1, 2020

Simpcw First Nation

Simpcw North Thompson Indian Band

North Thompson Indian Band

691

Primary Contact: Carmen Hance, Social Development Manager

Phone Number: 778-220-4025
Fax: 250-672-5858
Mailing Address: Box 220 Barriere, BC V0E 1E0
 
Alternate contact:
Marissa Eustache, Family Support Worker 
Phone number: 250-682-1388

Toquaht Nation Government

Effective Date: January 6, 2022

Toquaht Nation

 

666

Primary Contact: Lisa Morgan

Phone Number:
250-266-4400 (cell)
1-250-726-4230
1-877-726-4230 (toll fee)

Fax: 1-250-726-4403

Email address: lisam@toquaht.ca 

Mailing address:
PO Box 759
1971 Peninsula Rd.
Ucluelet, BC
V0R 3A0

Tŝilhqot’in National Government 

Effective Date:
March 18, 2022

Tl’esqox (Toosey)

?Esdilagh First Nation

Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government

Yunesit’in Government

Tsideldel First Nation

   

Primary Contact: Christa Smith, Executive Director of Denisiqi Services Society

Phone number:
250-305-6094

Email address:
christa@denisiqi.org

West Moberly First Nations Chief and Council

Effective Date: February 18, 2022

West Moberly First Nations

   

Primary Contact: Clorrisa Bigfoot, Health Director

Phone Number:
250-788-3622

Fax: 250-788-1624

Email address: healthmanager@westmo.org

Mailing address:
West Moberly First Nations
Box 90
Moberly Lake, BC
V0C 1X0