Council of Elders

The Nisga’a have always governed ourselves according to Ayuukhl Nisga’a, the traditional laws and practices of the Nisga’a Nation. The Council of Elders provides guidance and interpretation of the Ayuuk to Nisga’a government. Composed of chiefs, matriarchs, and respected Nisga’a elders, the Council of Elders is appointed by NLG in accordance with Nisga’a law and the Nisga’a Final Agreement. The Chairperson of the Council of Elders is elected by all Nisga’a citizens.

Current Members


Sim'oogit N'iisyuus, Willard Martin, Chairperson of the Council of Elders


                 Regular Members                                                          


                Oscar Mercer, Sim’oogit Ksim X̱saan                         (G̱anada/Gitlax̱t’aamiks)

                Perry Azak, Sim’oogit Dax̱aan                                      (Gisḵ’aast/Gitwinksihlkw) (A)

               Cecil A. Mercer, Sim’oogit Ax̱ḵ’alḵan                          (G̱anada/Gitlax̱t’aamiks) 

               Alvin E. Nelson, Sim’oogit Sim’oogidim X̱sgaak         (Lax̱sgiik/Ging̱olx)                   


                Clyde Garret Davis, Sim’oogit W̓ii Gilax̱namḵ’ap         (Lax̱sgiik/Gitlax̱t’aamiks)

                Jacob Nyce, Sim’oogit Bax̱k’ap                                    (Lax̱gibuu/Gitwinksihlkw)

                Wilma P. Moore, Sigidim-naḵ’ Ax̱dii Wil T’aa                (Gisḵ’aast/Laxgalts’ap)

                Harry Moore Sr., Sim’oogit Luudisdoos                        (G̱anada/Gingolx


                 Alternate Members:


                 Dr. Joseph Gosnell, Sim’oogit Hleeḵ                           (Lax̱sgiik/Gitlax̱t’aamiks)

                 Andrew Mercer, Sim’oogit Wisin Xbil̓tkw                      (Gisḵ’aast/Lax̱galts’ap)

                 Gwen Nelson, Sigidim-naḵ’ Jagam Tookaskw             (Lax̱gibuu/Ging̱olx)


                 Lorene Plante, Sigidim-naḵ’ Lax-Anmiigunt                 (Lax̱gibuu/Gitlax̱t’aamiks)

                 Mercy Moore, Sigidim-naḵ’ Naga Ts’ak                       (Lax̱sgiik/Gitwinksihlkw)

                 Arnold Harry Moore, Sim’oogit G̱enuu-g̱aaḵ                (Lax̱gibuu/Lax̱galts’ap)

                 Alternate for Harry Moore Sr. Vacant

                 Regular Member Vacant





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