• Council Chair

    Terrance Willie Bio


    Finance & Administration
    Health & Social Development, MDTC.

    Alternate for:

    Economic Development
    Lands Marine & Resources, Governance

  • Councillor

    Percy Lagis Bio


    Economic Development
    language & Culture
    Lands, Marine & Resources, MDTC.

    Alternate for:

    Capital O&M, Education, Housing.

  • Councillor

    Farron Soukochoff Bio


    Capital O&M, Education.

    Alternate for:

    Finance & Administration.

  • Off Reserve Councillor

    Alex Nelson Bio



    Alternate for:

    Language & Culture, Youth & Recreation.

Every 2 weeks, the Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w First Nation Council holds a meeting at 7pm in Council Chambers. On the agenda there are two opportunities for the general public to come in and address the council about their issues. One at the beginning of the meeting and one at the end of the meeting.
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Phone the Band Office at (250)974-3013 for meeting dates.


Dzawada'enuxw First Nation
Nomination Form & Declaration 2015
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Dzawada'enuxw First Nation
Notice of Nomination Meeting
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Dzawada'enuxw First Nation Election Code

Election Letter November 6th, 2014

Election Letter October 1st, 2014

Alex Nelson

Alex is a proud member of the Musgamagw- Dzawada'enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Village. He acquired his traditional name, Kasalas and a seat in the Gigalgam of the Haxwa'mis, from his Family's 2009 Potlatch. He currently resides in Victoria with his wife Nella, daughter Tasha and Grandsons Gigalis & Komanagila. He continues to be deeply entrenched in his tradition and culture.

Alex spent seven years in the infamous St. Michaels Indian Residential School in Alert Bay. He is a graduate of UVic. One of his greatest achievements was hosting the 1997 North American Indigenous Games in Victoria, and was the Chairperson of the NAIG Council 1995, Blaine Minnesota; 2002, Winnipeg; and 2008 NAIG, Cowichan. He was also co-founder and Executive Director of Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC for twenty years.

His election platform statement is as follows:

"Once again I am humbled to have another opportunity to serve our Tribe, and to apply all my Leadership skills, knowledge and experience! Our recent and devastating Flood, September 25, 2010 really called on such Leadership, and I am only grateful that everyone was safe! We learned so many life lessons from this flood as we continue our journey to full Recovery. Having experienced two terms as DFN Council, I have a deeper understanding as to my role as an ''Off Reserve" Council member, and have a deeper appreciation of politics in our beloved Village. I continue to respect the autonomy of Village activities and what goes on in the Village, while attending to specific interests regarding our Off-Reserve members (such as Land & Marine use, Education, Health and Housing).

  • Governance: There is a continued inherit desire to shift our Governance model to reflect our Ancestral ways, from Elected Leadership to Hereditary Leadership. I am determined to see this move in that direction, despite its' challenges. The challenge is to educate all our membership about who we are and how we were Governed by our Ancestors, while surviving in this modern world. Families need to understand how their families contributed to decision making. With out young research team, we can rebuild our Governance systems! This comes hand in hand with culture. I am delighted to hold the Governance Portfolio!

  • Sports, Recreation and Physical Activities: I have a vast history in the field of sports, recreation and physical activities, and how this relates to health, leadership and tribal pride. The 2014 North American Indigenous Games will be hosted in Saskatchewan and will offer many opportunities for our Youth. I will assist to pave a way for our Youth involvement. I will continue to bring soccer games into our Village, while coaching and encouraging our Off-Reserve membership in the world of sports. In all this, I am addicted to soccer and coaching. I still enjoy playing, and look forward to another June Sports!! I am delighted to hold an alternate position for the Youth and Recreation Portfolio!

  • Economic Development and Education: There is much concern about the reducing number of Villagers, as members continue to move away from the Village. Economic development and challenges in our Education policy would help counter this movement. Members need some economic opportunities to fulfill their dreams of returning home.

  • Communications: It is imperative that communication systems between our Homeland and those living Off Reserve be improved. We must do more than rely on Websites, emails and letters. We need to have semi-annual meetings between Council and those living in Urban centres such as Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Campbell River and Pt. Hardy. Therefore, I will be encouraging Council for a budget on such meetings to be established and active whereby Council and Village updates are provided, especially those issues that affect all members.

  • Human Resources: I have witnessed the heavy work load in our Village and I continue to admire our Staff and Villagers for holding up our Villages! We know that we have many people with expertise within our Nations' membership and we must learn how to call on them to help up lift our Nation. Therefore, I will make every effort to encourage and remind Council and Senior Administration of such expertise. We need to share the work load and work together.

  • Finally, I continue to believe that Leadership is not just a title, but Action! I believe that we can take the best of this modern world, and mould it into our Traditional world, and visa versa. I strongly believe that when all our Membership and all Four Tribes work together, we are the strong and powerful Nation that we are. I promise to continue to exercise our voice and find solutions. Once again, I am humbled and honored to serve our People! Alex states, "I would like to give my knowledge and experience to the next generation, in pursuit of excellence!"

    Percy Lagis

    I was born in Alert Bay in 1956. Our family moved the the Bay in the early 70's, to try to further our education. We stayed there for a few years, then moved to Victoria. I attended Landsdowne School until Grade 10, after which I moved around a lot gaining fishing and hunting experience. While living in Victoria I used to take in some of our band members for the boarding home program. After most of them graduated I was left alone, so I decided to move home to Kingcome. Before I moved home I struggled with alcohol and drugs. I can proudly say I've been off the booze for over 20 years and the drugs over 10 years. Kingcome has been the best place for me to clean-up. Our community really helped in their own way, and I would like to thank you all.

    I got nominated and elected to be on council, which I do enjoy. I hold the portfolios for Land, Marine and Resource, Economic Development, and Language and Culture. I am an alternate for the Operations and Maintenance, Housing, and Education. I also sit on the MDTC Board.

    Lately it has been hard to focus, but I am looking forward to the New Year. As I write this during the holiday season, I would like to say Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you all!

    Umagaleese (Terrance Joe Willie)

    Terrance Joe Willie is a member of the Tswataineuk First Nation of Kingcome Inlet. Born in Kingcome Inlet in 1964, he's lived there most of his life. Umagaleese comes from a traditionally rich heritage from both his mother and father's side of the family. From his father's side alone he belongs th three houses, the house of Khawadigila (Wolf Clan), Lelawagila (Raven Clan), in Kingcome and from the house of Memamogen (Chegameh - Cedar tree man/Thunderbird Clan) of Gilford Island

    Terrance has been initiated as a Hamatsa and has also been stood up to assume the leadership and chieftainship from the Lelawagela Clan. He has been given stewardship of the family treasures and had given a potlatch to affirm his tradtional position.

    Joe first watched his older brothers carve when he was a young boy. He started carving when he was 19 years old while watching his cousins carve in Kingcome. Joe started carving bigger masks but decided to try smaller ones and enjoyed doing them; Joe's passion is primarily the smaller masks 2" - 4" in height to wear as a necklace or display but is quite capable of doing life-sized masks. Carving would not be as enjoyable if he did not live in Kingcome.

    Farron Soukochoff

    Gilakasla, Nugwa'am Xaniuse, gayu'tlan lax Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw dlu Kwanlindun.

    Greetings, my name is Farron Alexander Soukochoff and I come from the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation in Kingcome Inlet and the Kwanlindun in Yukon Territories. My parents are Diana Dick and Don Soukochoff. I am the Eldest grandson of Gordon Dick, Mary Macko, Charlie Dick and Gertrude 'Ood' Dawson. I have lived in Kingcome since 1996, except for boarding out for schooling in 2002-2007. I recently purchased a house off of my aunt and have renovated it. I am married to Ashton Soukochoff (Souch) of the Namgis. I look forward to my term in office as a DFN Council member and look forward to getting feedback from our membership.

    I currently hold the portfolios of Education, Capital Projects and Operations & Maintenance as well as the alternate for the Finance & Administration.