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Chief and Council
Our Chief and Council members are elected for a 3 year period. The current council was elected in June 2012.
Lake Babine Nation Chief & Council Chronological History
Lake Babine Nation traditionally utilized a governing structure called the ‘Bah’lats”. Within the Bah’lats there were Hereditary Chiefs and four clans (Bear, Caribou, Beaver and Frog) who enjoyed a vibrant economy based of inland fishery.
The first missionaries came into the territory.
The first Hudson Bay Company post (Fort Kilmore) was established at current day Old Fort.
Early 1900’s
Indian Affairs Agent started distributing provisions in Old Hazelton.
Lake Babine people were very independent since the fish weirs were still in use. Then Department of Fisheries and the Commercial fisheries of BC closed the fish weirs. Two Hereditary Chiefs, Gwist’a’ (Big George) & De Wis Sum Ts’ik (Jack Williams) traveled to Ottawa and successfully negotiated the Babine Barricade Treaty, which has never been fulfilled by the Government of Canada to this day.
Due to the closure and destruction of the fish weirs, Babine Lake people became poverty stricken, resorting to trapping and working for small developing logging companies. As more settlers started to move into the territory, work became scarce. Membership was estimated at 10,000. Small pox ravaged the Babine Lake Nation resulting in members being buried in mass graves.
Early 1950’s
Poverty continued to take its toll on the Babine Nation people as more people came to the territory, therefore, Babine Nation leaders started to meet with the Indian Agent in Topley & Burns Lake, BC
The communities of Fort Babine and Old Fort were amalgamated in order to cut down on travels for the Indian Agent.
Late 1950’s
Leaders were selected from the Babine Nation people who would communicate to Indian Affairs on their behalf.
The elected Lake Babine officials started to take root where people were given the opportunity to select their leading officials.
Completion of the forced move of Lake Babine people from the Lake to the Woyenne Reserve in Burns Lake
Chief & Council elected under custom election code.

Elected Officials

1959-1962 Nee Ughin’ Lee and Indian Agents


Chief Margaret Patrick, Councillors JB Charlie, Lawrence Tom, & Joe Alec Sr.


Chief Lawrence Tom, Councillors Dennis Alec, Mark Michell, & Casimel Williams


Chief Margaret Patrick, Councillors Garnet Williams, & Ted Lowley


Chief Ted Lowley Sr. & 5 Councilors


Chief Margaret Patrick & 5 Councilors


Chief Ted Lowley & 5 Councilors


Chief Wilfred Adam & 9 Councilors


Chief Emma Palmantier & 9 Councilors


Chief Betty Patrick & 9 Councilors


Chief Betty Patrick & 9 Councilors


Chief Emma Palmantier & 9 Councilors


Chief Betty Patrick & 9 Councilors


Chief Wilf Adam & 9 Councilors

Chief Wilf Adam & 9 Councilors
Chief Wilf Adam & 9 Councilors
July 2015 - Chief and Council:
Chief:  Wilf Adam
Deputy Chief:  Bessie West
Council: Bessie West - Economic Development Portfolio
  Clara Williams - Health Portfolio
  Darcy Dennis - Treaty/Cultural Portfolio
  Darren Patrick - Education Portfolio
  Delores Alec - Social Development Portfolio
  Derek MacDonald - Housing Portfolio
  Melvin Joseph - Administration Portfolio
  Mildred George - Fisheries Portfolio
  Verna Power - Natural Resources Portfolio
Vision Statement:
A sovereign and prosperous Lake Babine Nation governed by competent and dedicated Chief & Council.
Mission Statement:
"Lake Babine Nation Chief and Council, through good governance, will ensure all members a healthy, traditional, and prosperous future."

Value Statements:

Respect - We acknowledge and recognize the important roles of all Lake Babine Nation leaders, members, staff and Elders who work for the betterment of our communities

Honesty - We will be truthful and trustworthy while treating everyone in a fair and just manner.
Traditional - We will live up to the traditional and contemporary laws and values of Lake Babine Nation, speak our Nad’uten language and practice our culture.

Health & Wellness - We will live a healthy lifestyle.