The P’egp’íg’lha Council (PC) was formed based on the community desire (see History /Background) to create a system of government that was more reflective of our traditional way of life and decision making processes. The PC was created based on family representation. There are 10 main family lines in the community and each of those families appoints a family head to represent their family interests in the PC. The PC meets monthly to discuss issues and provide direction to the Tribal Chief.
On September 29 2002, the T’ít’qet community passed the following mandate for the PC:
The P’egp’íg’lha Council, comprised of family representatives, is hereby mandated to carry out the following governing responsibilities:
- Conduct Government to Government and Nation to Nation responsibilities related to St’át’imc Title and Rights.
- Finalize P’egp’íg’lha governing documents including the constitution, laws, policies and procedures.
- Work with the Elders Council to create a system of laws to protect the traditional territory;
- Make rules regarding and advocate for tribal/traditional territories and represent community on these issues.
- Work with the T’ít’qet Council to address community issues as required.
- Work with the Youth.
- Gather input from studies, needs assessments, and the legal status of issues related to the traditional territory, and generally keep informed about issues.
- Negotiate on behalf of the P’egp’íg’lha with all parties whose activities may impact upon the P’egp’íg’lha.
- Communicate, inform, consult with the people, and monitor broad input ensuring all have a voice.
- Seek advice of Elders Council to ensure St’át’imc principles are maintained.
- Seek ratification for decisions from the P’egp’íg’lha.
- Maintain Intra and Inter-tribal relations on behalf of the P’egp’íg’lha.
- Keep abreast of and address International issues effecting Indigenous peoples.
The P’egp’íg’lha Council is committed to ensuring that the P’egp’íg’lha have the opportunity to provide leadership and input into the management and protection of St’át’imc Title and rights.
For more information, please contact your family head, Tribal Chief Shelley Leech or the P’egp’íg’lha Council staff at 250-256-4118.