Skeetchestn Indian Band

Chief & Council

Chief & Council

Kukpi7 Darrell Draney

ddraney@skeetchestn.ca

250-373-2493 ext. 201
C: 250-371-1955

Tkwenem7Íple7 Archie Deneault

Archie.deneault@skeetchestn.ca
250-373-2493 ext. 217
C: 250-319-4883

Tkwenem7Íple7 Marshall Gonzales

mgonzales@skeetchestn.ca
250-373-2493 ext. 
C: 250-318-6353

Tkwenem7Íple7 Tracy Hewitt 

t.hewitt@skeetchestn.ca
250-373-2493 ext. 230
C: 250-320-4554

Tkwenem7Íple7 Aubin McTaggart

Aubin.mctaggart@skeetchestn.ca
250-373-2493 ext. 208
C: 250-318-0511

Kukpi7 and Tkwenem7Íple7 Secretary 

Shayla Spence

council.assist@skeetchestn.ca
250-373-2493 ext. 208

Kukpi7 Darrel Draney 

I am proud and humbled to be called upon to join the leaders of the Secewepemc nation as Kukpi7 of Skeetchestn. I am a powerful advocate for Rights which encompasses Title. I draw upon the knowledge passed to me from knowledge keepers, Secwepemc culture and Secwepemc laws to advance the issues of Aboriginal rights.

I am steadfast in my commitment to my community Skeetchestn to be transparent. This value was bestowed upon me by my mother, the late May Draney. When she simply said to me, “It is time to be a leader for our people.” I’m sure that those of you who have been blessed to have direct guidance from a cherished elder know and understand how sacred these words are. She said it in such a manner that made me understand that to be a leader is not a job that is like any other, not simply done for a wage.

She made it clear to me that to accept the honor to lead our people is a sacred responsibility and to respect the journey. I am thankful to be able to build upon+ the foundation laid down by great past leaders to help our community to grow.

We can not waiver, we will be sovereign. On our path to sovereignty we must hold strong to our relationship to the land. It is our inherent duty given to us by the Creator to take care of the land, it is sacred. Never cede our sovereignty or title to our land. By living according to our Secwepemc teachings and laws we uphold our responsibility to future generations.

Another principle that is of great importance to us and our future generations is in the wisdom of the 1910 Sir Wilfred Laurier Memorial, where our ancestors approached the Canada Government and outlined the struggles that their people had to endure. Most importantly, our ancestors ALSO gave solutions that would relieve them of their struggles and make Canada great. Our obligation is to bring the vision, laid out for us by our ancestors, to life. So, as taught to us by our ancestors, by our elders, the tmicw is part of our blood, part of our way of life. We are tmicw. Keep our people at the centre of all, and our youth-stsmémelt are our future. Hold all sacred.

Kukpi7 Darrel Draney
Skeetchestn Indian Band