Teegee elected regional chief
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.