Teegee elected re­gional chief

The Prince George Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - Bar­bara GEERNAERT Cit­i­zen staff

He’s the first from the north to win the elected po­si­tion as Re­gional Chief of the Bri­tish Columbia As­sem­bly of First Na­tions (BCAFN).

And Terry Teegee was more than ready to ad­dress the Chiefs-in-As­sem­bly af­ter the elec­tion, held Thurs­day. As Tribal Chief of the Car­rier Sekani Tribal Coun­cil (CTSC) since 2012, Teegee is now ready for a new chal­lenge.

“This is my time now,” Teegee told the Cit­i­zen af­ter an­nounc­ing his can­di­dacy in Septem­ber.

“I’ve gained ex­pe­ri­ence over the last eight years and I now want to take all of of the good work we’ve done and bring it for­ward and ex­pand it to the rest of the prov­ince and I know I have the abil­ity to do that.”

Teegee, a reg­is­tered pro­fes­sional forester, grew up in Fort St. James and at­tended Fort St. James sec­ondary school. He grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of North­ern B.C. with a bach­e­lor of science de­gree in forestry in 2006.

Teegee also com­pleted his diploma in forestry tech­nol­ogy from the Col­lege of New Caledonia. From 2009 to 2012 Teegee served as Vice-Tribal Chief of CSTC and prior to be­ing elected to his cur­rent po­si­tion as Tribal Chief, Teegee was the forestry co­or­di­na­tor for his First Na­tion com­mu­nity of Takla Lake.

Teegee has also been elected as the Bri­tish Columbia rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal Forestry As­so­ci­a­tion (NAFA) and was ap­pointed to the Fraser Basil Coun­cil Board.

The BCAFN is a pro­vin­cial ter­ri­to­rial or­ga­ni­za­tion which rep­re­sents 203 First Na­tions in Bri­tish Columbia.

It works to ad­vance abo­rig­i­nal ti­tle and rights and other in­ter­ests of First Na­tions in B.C. while help­ing to re­store and en­hance re­la­tion­ships to en­sure First Na­tions in­ter­ests are ad­vo­cated through the Re­gional Chief.

The Re­gional Chief pro­vides the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship and ac­tiv­i­ties for the BCAFN and is elected by the B.C. First Na­tions Chiefs for a term of three years.

The role of re­gional chief is to en­sure re­gional con­cerns of BCAFN mem­bers are in­cluded in na­tional po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sions and de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cesses.

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