Chief Councillor – Wuikinuxv Nation
Danielle Shaw was elected as Chief Councillor of the Wuikinuxv Nation in 2020, leading the Nation’s first-ever all-woman council. Previously, Danielle worked toward self-governance and growth for the Nation in diverse ways, including her role as Wuikinuxv Stewardship Director until 2019. Danielle studied at the School of Business at Capilano University for business administration, and has applied those learnings to support her Nation in many areas, including treaty development, a traditional foods and Wuikinuxv Health Administration.
Councillor – Nuxalk Nation
Bio to come
Councillor – Heiltsuk Nation
Earl Newman has decades of experience as a commercial fisherman and councillor for the Heiltsuk Nation. He has sat on numerous boards and committees, including the Bella Bella Fish Plant Board of Directors, the spawn-on-kelp working group and Gladstone Reconciliation.
Earl’s extensive fisheries and political experience has been invaluable in creating the Heiltsuk Marine Use Plan, and as board member of CCIRA.
Chief Councillor – Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation
For more than two decades, Doug Neasloss has worked to protect wildlife and ecosystems in Kitasoo Xai’xais territory.
Doug played a central role in helping the Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation become a leading example of sustainable ecotourism, driven by the success of the Spirit Bear Lodge and a strong commitment to stewarding the region’s abundant cultural and natural resources. He shared the same commitment to cultural and environmental stewardship as a past representative with other organizations and planning bodies, including the Minister’s Wildlife Advisory Council, Nature United and Destination BC.
As a strong voice for protecting iconic bears in Kitasoo Xai’xais territory and across BC, Doug played a lead role in the successful effort to end trophy hunting. He remains the Executive Director for the Spirit Bear Research Foundation and Board member for the Grizzly Bear Foundation.