Chief Councillor Chris Roberts
Lead Negotiator and Elected Wei Wai Kum Chief, WKTS Board of Director
Chris Roberts was elected as the Wei Wai Kum Chief Councillor in 2018. Since the inception of Treaty in the early 1990s, Chief Roberts became interested in the concept of treaty. Some 15 years later, through an internship at the Hamalta Treaty Society he gained first hand experience in treaty negotiations. Reflecting on the early treaty days, there was little negotiation progress – yet today, tangible developments have occurred. The opportunity to align efforts like community development goals and capitalize on treaty loan forgiveness to build incremental progress towards self government. Chief Roberts was born and raised in the Wei Wai Kum community and later gained an Economics Degree from UVic in 2008. Chief Chris is married to a We Wai Kai member and has two beautiful children.
Chief Steven Dick
Lead Negotiator and Hereditary Kwiakah Chief, WKTS Board of Director.
Chief Steven Dick is the Hereditary Chief of the Kwiakah Nation. He has held this Chief Councillor position for over 25 years.
Councillor Tony Roberts
Elected Wei Wai Kum Councillor, WKTS Board of Director
Linda Campbell – Strategic Advisor
Linda Campbell is an elected Wei Wai Kum Councillor, and has worked for the WKTS since May 2014 when she joined as Communications Assistant. This role has evolved into the position she currently holds as the Strategic Advisor to the negotiators and oversees the administrative roles that keep the treaty team moving. Linda has many years of administration and management experience. Linda believes the treaty process is an important one to investigate as an option to self-governance for our Nation and I look forward to what comes in the future.
Murray Browne – Legal Advisor
Murray Browne has been working with Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah since 2002. He has been involved in Aboriginal law and Treaty negotiations with First Nations generally for nearly 20 years and is grateful to have had the benefit and honour of being educated by many wise First Nation leaders and elders. He is legal counsel for several First Nations in the forefront of Treaty negotiations and Land Code implementation, and is also working on several major Specific Claim negotiations. He has worked with a number of First Nations on aboriginal rights and title litigation and was part of the successful Tsilhqot’in title case. He is committed to working with First Nations to use rights and title to leverage economic and community development. Murray also volunteers on the joint province-wide working group to support First Nations in protecting culture and heritage sites.
Caroline Roberts – Legal Advisor
Caroline Roberts is a Wei Wai Kum member. Caroline joined Callison & Hanna Law as an associate in 2017. Her law practice focus is on strategic consultation and accommodation processes and implementing treaty related measures. Caroline graduated with a specialization in Aboriginal Law from the Allard School of Law at UBC. Prior to law school, she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Indigenous Studies from UBC. Outside the office, Caroline likes to practice yoga, walk her dogs, and spend time with family.
Rylee Henderson – Treaty Intern
Larry Fedorkie- Forestry Advisor
Larry Fedorkie has been working with Wei Wai Kum’s forest company, CRIBCO Forest Products, since 2007 providing full phase tenure management services through his company Capacity Forest Management Ltd. Larry was brought onto the WKTS negotiating team in 2016 to provide forestry advisory services for Wei Wai Kum. Larry works closely with Wei Wai Kum’s negotiating team to identify long-term, sustainable and economic treaty lands that will be forestry focussed. The body of work completed to date is starting to show significant progress as WKTS is in the final stages of identifying an Incremental Treaty Area that will include approximately 2,300ha of land just north of Campbell Lake. This area will provide long-term forestry opportunities in all aspects of the sector.
John Munro – Lands Advisor
John Munro was raised in Vancouver and received his education in Biology and Geography at UBC and the University of Western Washington. Over the past 50 years, John has worked for BC Research, UBC, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and since 1995 as a private consultant based in BC doing land and resource use related projects. John’s work focuses on First Nation and Indigenous Peoples issues as they relate to their cultural uses of the land and resources. He has worked extensively for First Nations in BC, including treaty land issues for First Nations on Vancouver Island, as well as the interior and north coast of BC. He has also provided land and resource services to individual Nations and Tribal Councils in many areas of BC. Internationally, John has worked for the Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue, Oregon, the United Nations Global Mercury Project and the Amerindian People’s Association in Guyana, South America where he continues to provide support for mapping of cultural use in their traditional territories and the application of this information in the negotiations with the Guyanese Government. John and Karen live on Salt Spring Island in the Halalt and Penelakut Territories and have three daughters.
Courtney Fidler, Treaty Administrator
Courtney Fidler joined the Wei Wai Kum Kwiakah Treaty Society as the Treaty Administrator in 2020. She is grateful to work alongside such a committed team of community leaders and field experts. Prior to this role she worked with ?Aq’am Community in the East Kootenays on Land Code. Her professional and academic experience (MASc, PhD) in land management and aboriginal governance offer her a foundation to support treaty related lands and governance projects for Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah. She’s previously held appointment with the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (Sustainable Minerals Institute) and has worked in the private and public resources sectors.
Bill Stipdonk – Financial Advisor
Bill Stipdonk grew up in Montreal and has a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Waterloo. After working in Toronto for 9 years Bill moved to Victoria in the late 80s where he worked as a Senior Advisor for the Province before branching out on his own. Bill has been a negotiator, advisor and policy maker on fiscal and taxation issues since the mid 90s and has worked with numerous Indigenous governments across Canada on a variety of arrangements including sectoral self-government, full self-government and comprehensive final agreements. In BC he was part of the teams that completed the Nisga’a, Tla’amin and Lheidli T’enneh treaties and has been working with Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations since 2011.
Nadgeline Cliffe – Finance
Nadgeline is a Wei Wai Kum member and the responsible for finance with WKTS.
Dee Cullon – Archaeologist
Dee has worked with our community and the other Ligʷiłdaxʷ Nations since 1997. She supports us through ongoing research, including support for our Research Centre, she helps to gather and organize information we need to assert and protect our rights and title, and she helps with our language program. Dee has a Ph.D in Anthropology from UVic.
Frank Voelker – Kwiakah Treaty Support
Since 2005 the Kwiakah First Nation’s small administration is supported by Frank Voelker, who is the nation’s band manager and economic development officer. Frank and his wife moved to Campbell River in the fall of 2000. Previously Frank served as an officer in the Armed Forces and later worked as a bank branch manager for a Chartered Bank.
WKTS Board Members
James Henderson – Wei Wai Kum Councillor
James is a Wei Wai Kum member and elected Councillor, serving his second term. His Council portfolio is Forestry, Fisheries, Housing and Infrastructure.
Kim Puglas – Wei Wai Kum Councillor
Kim is a Wei Wai Kum member and elected Councillor, serving her first term. Her Council portfolio is Community Services, Finance, Culture and Education.