Chief Mitchell Joseph

Chief Mitchell is a visionary and compassionate leader, serving as the elected Chief of his community. He understands the importance of building a strong foundation for future generations. Chief Mitchell is deeply connected to the land and takes great pride in being its steward, ensuring its preservation and that it continues to be a sustainable and renewable asset for Yekooche.

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Chief Mitchell is blessed with the gift of a Dreamer – an ability to get visions – that has been passed down from and through his clan – this unique ability to tap into the wisdom of his ancestors. Through this gift comes deep thinking and introspection. He receives messages and guidance from those who came before him, often in these dreams. This spiritual connection fuels his decision-making and shapes his vision for the community.

Chief Mitchell’s leadership is grounded in a profound respect for the traditions and values of his people. He recognizes the significance of preserving cultural heritage and works tirelessly to ensure that ancestral knowledge is passed down to younger generations. His commitment to honoring the past while embracing the future is at the core of his leadership style.

As an elected Chief, Mitchell envisions a community that thrives in harmony with the land and fosters a strong sense of unity among its members. He is dedicated to creating opportunities for growth and prosperity while prioritizing the well-being and empowerment of every individual.

With his deep connection to the land and his ability to receive guidance from ancestors, Chief Mitchell’s leadership is guided by profound spiritual wisdom. His vision, compassion, and commitment to the community make him a true inspiration and a trusted advocate for his people.

Matthew Joseph

Councillor Matthew Joseph

Matthew Joseph was born in the spring of 1965 and from the moment he was born he loved his culture and his home in Yekooche. He recalls that growing up here was a beautiful experience for him. He loved being immersed in his culture and feels that this really shaped the man he has become. He remembers time well spent trapping, making hay and ice fishing. These were activities he did was his grandparents and other Elders. The knowledge that was shared with him was invaluable and he hopes his children and grandchildren. Matthew is fluent in Dakelh largely because he spent so much time with his Elders while growing up.

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As an adult, Matthew has had several jobs within the community. His favourites were when he worked as Youth Coordinator and when he was working on the Treaty for the band. He felt these roles allowed him to really engage with his community. Of course, he feels helps in the community when he is acting in his current role as Council member. This is Matthew’s third term as a councillor and he loves it.

Why does Matthew love being a councillor?  He loves having the opportunity to share his knowledge while at the same time becoming more knowledgably about a huge variety of topics. Connecting with his community and advocating for their needs and desires also appeals to Matthew. He loves to talk about the strength of the community and his hopes for its promising future.

Matthew has many hopes and dreams for the future of this community, however there is one dream he hopes will come to fruition soon. He dreams of Yekooche undertaking a great economic venture that will sustain the community for the long term. He wants to ensure that Yekooche remains a vibrant and strong home for generations to come.

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Councillor Miranda Joseph

Know for her traditional skill of canning salmon, Councillor Miranda is a dedicated and passionate Elected Councillor, who tirelessly fights for the indigenous, aboriginal and governance rights of the Yekooche people. As a mother, she understands the importance of creating a safe and nurturing environment for children and families. Councillor Miranda is committed to advocating for women’s safety and empowerment.

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In addition to her advocacy work, Councillor Miranda values quality time with her family and cherish the quiet moments to relax and recharge. She enjoys getting out to the lake country and she is a strong advocate for community engagement and believes in the power of collective action to bring about positive change. Councillor Miranda’s dedication and compassionate approach make her an ideal representative for the Yekooche community.

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Councillor Austin Joseph

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