Mel Bevan - "From Clearing Trees to Modern-day Treaty Negotiations: Kitselas First Nations Governance over the Last Half Century"
From CTLT User on February 8th, 2019
Presentation Date: May 9, 2018 This public address by UNBC Northwest Elder in Residence, Mel Bevan, provides an overview of more than 50 years of evolution in Kitselas First Nations governance. The presentation begins with a review of the Indian Act and how it has shaped all subsequent efforts at First Nations governance and self-government. The history of the establishment of the Kitselas reserve(s) is discussed along with a summary of the changes in the community(s). Mel will provide an overview of his participation from more than a half-century of involvement in first nation’s governance including roles as a councillor, chief councillor, band manager and inter-nation liaison. The goals, process and changing nature of treaty negotiations will be discussed with a particular emphasis on the lessons for contemporary First Nations governance. Finally, a summary of the role of the modern-day councillor will follow including input from current councillors; as Mel’s daughter Sue expands on the next-generation of Kitselas governance.