Officers Bios

President, Eva Clayton

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Corinne McKay, Secretary-Treasurer

The Nisga’a Nation elected Corinne McKay to position of Secretary Treasurer in the November 2012 election and she was re-elected November of 2016.  She had served as council member for Gitwinksihlkw Village Government in 2004 – 2008.  Prior to that she volunteered as a Chairperson and Treasurer of the Prince Rupert Nisga’a Local.

Corinne is Ganada (Frog/Raven), of the House of Hay’maas.  Her Nisga’a name is Bilaam Neekhl, meaning “Pearly Fin”.   She is married to Alfred McKay of Laxgalts’ap and has two sons Will and Bertram, and daughter, Melissa and twin granddaughters.  Her parents are Norma and George Morgan of Gitwinksihlkw.

Corinne has a Masters Degree in Business Administration, specializing in Executive Management; Bachelor of Commerce Degree, major in Accounting, minor in First Nations Studies; Diploma in Business Administration; Clerk Bookkeeper Certification; as well as a Nisga’a Studies Certificate.  She had the privilege to learn Nisga’a Language and Culture through Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a by taking courses with late Dr Bertram McKay and his wife Audrey.

Corinne worked for Northern Native Fishing Corporation for 20 years, leaving a position of General Manager to take a health contract with Nisga’a Valley Health.   She has worked as a Bookkeeper, Administrator, Referendum Commissioner, Chief Electoral Officer, Project Analyst, Vocational /Technical Director, College Instructor, Human Resources Manager, and Director of Programs. 

She has volunteered for years supporting youth basketball as coach, and treasurer.   She was also a Sunday School teacher in Prince Rupert.  She references this quote to support the case for more funding for youth:  “As the World Health Organization notes, for every government dollar invested in children, taxpayers save $7 in downstream costs, such as policing, addictions and social assistance[i].“   She held a position of Regional Lead for Aboriginal Sports for several years advocating for funding for sports programing in the northwest region. 

She readily acknowledges the tremendous efforts of those that made the Nisga’a Treaty a reality from the 1913 Petition to the realization of the Nisga’a Treaty in May 2000.    She realizes the importance of carrying on the legacy of the leadership and honouring the provisions of the Nisga’a Constitution and complying with legislation.  Her mandate is to continue to provide good, effective, and accountable government[ii].

Brian Tait, Executive Chairperson

Brian Tait is G̱anada from Wilps Ksim X̱saan.  Brian’s Nisg̱a’a name is Gadim Sbayt-G̱an.  Gadim Sbayt-G̱an resides in his home community, the Nisg̱a’a Village of Gitlax̱t’aamiks with his wife Faith.  Brian & Faith have 3 sons, Luke, Adam & Paul and they are the proud grandparents to 8 grandchildren.

Brian has worked as an independent contractor in the silviculture and logging industries for many years where he proudly employed Nisg̱a’a citizens and contributed to the local economy.  Brian also worked as Emergency Coordinator with Nisg̱a’a Lisims Government where he was responsible for the development of the Nisg̱a’a Nation’s first Emergency Response and Recovery Plan in 2005.

Brian’s political life includes several terms as Councillor for the then Gitlax̱t’aamiks Band Council beginning in the 1980’s and now the Gitlax̱t’aamiks Village Government.  Brian was also elected the first Chief Councillor for GItlax̱t’aamiks Village Government in the first regular election following the effective date of the Nisg̱a’a Treaty.   While Chief Councillor, Brian represented his community as Chair to the NLG Lands & Resources committee.  Brian also had the privilege of serving as Speaker of the House to Wilp Si’ayuuḵhl Nisg̱a’a (“WSN”) for many years – a position he was voted in to by his peers.

Brian was elected Executive Chairperson in a regular election of the Nisg̱a’a Nation on November 2, 2016.

 

Chairperson of the Council of Elders, Willard Martin

 

Willard Ambrose Martin, Sim’oogit Ni’is ‘Yuus was elected in November 2016 by the Nisga'a Nation. He is Gisk'aast of the Gitalabit  Wilp Laxha, and resides in the Nisga'a Village of Laxgalts’ap B.C. His background consists of CGA Candidate, MDiv. Served in Nisga'a Tribal Council 1984 to 1989; Nisga'a Lisims Government from 2000 to 2020.

As Chairperson of the Council of Elders, a few of his goals are for the Nisga’a Nation to achieve total autonomy and independence supported by distinct local prosperity.  Total revitalization of Nisga’a language, cultural and customary practices that is well melded with the contemporary world.Willard is married to Carolyn Dehlia Martin and has 1 son, 3 daughters, and 9 grandchildren.

 

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