Chief & Council

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James Tomma


Jenny John photo 2

Julie John


Councilor Dawn Francois headshot (April 26, 2024)

Dawn Francois



Skwlāx te Secwepemcúl̓ecw brings forward our ancestral teachings to instruct us in advancing our people, language, and culture and protecting the environment. We take a proactive role to stimulate and lead the economy and protect Tmícw within Skwláxulecw as we move towards greater unity, self-reliance and independence.


In pursuit of our Vision, and in alignment with our Values, we will:

  • Lobby for the full recognition and implementation of our Title and Rights and the assertion within Skwláxulecw.

  • Ensure our members enjoy a high quality of life through service delivery and the benefits of a safe, healthy, and prosperous community.

  • Acknowledge that wealth generation, the stewardship of our lands and resources, and the advancement of our language and culture are foundational to our success.

  • Deliver effective communication, management and governance for an efficient administration.


We rely upon the wisdom of our ancestors, acting in the present and planning for the future.

  • We believe that equity, reliability, empathy, integrity, and compassion are critical to the establishment and maintenance of healthy relationships.

  • We are forthright in our dealings, embracing a philosophy of “do no harm” when engaging with others and the natural environment.

  • We role-model respect through healthy two-way communication, speaking directly and honestly, and staying true to oneself.

  • We are forward-looking, solution-oriented, and believe in the importance of collaboration and life-long learning for achieving success.

Strategic Priorities

Chief and Council identified three overarching strategic directions for the LSLB government. The strategic directions identified work towards achievement of the Vision and help shape departmental goals.

1. Create a unified community by focusing on:

  • Secwepemc Language and Culture; and,

  • Communication

2. Enhance the health and wellness of the community by focusing on:

  • Culture.

  • Housing; and,

  • Community services.

3. Improve the long-term security of the band by focusing on:

  • Providing direction for future leaders.

  • Building a strong foundation.

  • Government to Government relationships.

  • Territorial resource stewardship and economic development to generate wealth; and,

  • Capacity development