Chief and Council are elected to represent the needs and interests of Xwísten members. Please feel free to contact Council about any issues or needs that you would like to discuss.
Our Chief and Council are elected every two years (in October of ‘odd’ numbered years like 2011, 2013). Chief and Council meetings are usually every 2nd Monday.
Chief Susan James
Susan James has lived in Bridge River for twenty-seven years. She grew up in the T’it’q’et community with her seven siblings and parents Charlie and Violet James. Susan has two children – twins – and one granddaughter.
For the past sixteen years Susan has been the Director of Operations for the Lillooet Tribal Council and prior to that, seventeen years as the Executive Director of the Lillooet Friendship Center. She continues to serve as a volunteer on the Board of Directors for the Friendship Center. Her educational background is in Social Work, which she received at Langara College. Susan has served on Bridge River Band Council for more than twenty years. Susan loves to travel and enjoys curling and golfing.
Councillor Brenda Frank
Primary Portfolio: Education
- Mom of three – Morgan James Frank, Cedric John Frank Sam, Krista Louisa Frank
- Granny of two – Rex Peters & Andrew James Jr.
- Parents – William Frank & Christine Frank (James).
- Grandparents – Baptiste Frank & Catherine Frank, George James & Madeline
- James Great-grandparents – Jean Baptiste & Gaowa, James James & Porline
Like my Great-grandfathers, signers on the Declaration of the Lillooet Tribe, I have the best interest of my Community at heart. I have recently completed my Degree for Bachelor of Arts in First Nation Studies.
Councillor Ina Williams
Primary Portfolio: Child and Welfare
Ina Williams, daughter of Xwísten Elder Cecelia Terry and Albert Tom Jr., is one of six siblings. Her grandparents are the late David Terry and Irene Alexander of Xwísten, and Amelia and Albert Tom Sr. of Shalalth. She is an Instructor with NVIT/St’at’imc Education Institute. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree and a Certificate in First Nations Studies research from Simon Fraser University. Ina also attended NVIT and acquired an Associate of Arts Degree. She has recently completed an Instructional Skills Workshop through the St’at’imc Education Institute. One of her major influences is her Mother, as she has always been a strong and positive role model within the community. Ina is a wife and mother of three boys and recently gained a daughter in-law. She enjoys arts and crafts, being outdoors in the spring and summer months, attending community events, practicing her culture and spending time with her family.
Councillor Gerald Michel
Primary Portfolio: Forestry and Fisheries
Gerald has been a Councillor for 20 plus years. He is the lands and Resources Coordinator for the band, in which he deals with land and resource use referrals that the band receives. Gerald is a Certified Fisheries Technician (1999), Certified Archaeology Technician (2000), Certified Environmental Field Technician (2012). He sits on numerous committees and boards, including 20 plus years as board member for Lillooet Regional Invasive Species Society, Fisheries Representative on SGS Fisheries Technical Committee, Alternate for St’at’imc Stewardship Advisory Committee, Member of the Squamish Lillooet Regional District Agriculture Advisory Committee Holder, of the Emergency Planning Guide for I Joie, Terzaghi and Seton Dams. Gerald has been married for 28 years. He has a son and daughter, as well as a granddaughter and grandson.
Councillor Harold James
Primary Portfolio: Health
Harold is one of seven children of our elder Dorothy James and the late Chief Gordon James. He has lived in Xwísten all of his life. He has one daughter and a grandson who currently live in Kamloops.
This is Harold’s fourth term on the Xwísten (Bridge River Band) Council. He has held the portfolios for Health and Head Start but has also been called upon to participate with Administration on the Personnel portfolio and other portfolios if other Councillors are not available.
Most days you will find Harold, where he has been for the past 20 years, at Lightfoot Gas where his boss says he plays “an integral part” part in the day to day operations of the business. Although his most visible position is in customer service as a filling station attendant, that is only one part of his job there. On his days off Harold will most likely be enjoying his favorite pastime: taking a road trip either by himself or with friends.