Terry Teegee will remain B.C. Regional Chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations for another three years.
Teegee was re-elected during the 17th BCAFN annual general meeting held online this week. Teegee secured 82 votes while challenger Cheryl Casimer received 57 votes. Taylor Behn-Tsakoza was elected as the female youth representative.
Terry Teegee served a previous three-year term as regional chief for the BCAFN and during that time chaired and co-chaired national portfolios including: justice, fisheries and gaming; as well as leading a number of other critical priorities areas. He is of Dakelh, Gitxsan and Sekani descent and is a member of Takla Nation.
As a former registered professional forester, responsible for looking after the forests, forest lands and forest resources, Teegee is deeply involved in natural resources development. As regional chief, he was an instrumental voice in the development and historic passing of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act in BC. Before his election as BC Regional Chief, Teegee was the elected tribal chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) from 2012-2017. Previous to his political aspirations, he held forestry and natural resources roles with the CSTC and Takla Nation. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources Management (Forestry) and a Natural Resources Technology Diploma.
The BCAFN also elected a new Female Youth Representative Taylor Behn-Tsakoza. Behn-Tsakoza is Eh Cho Dene and Dunne Zaa and is a proud member of Fort Nelson First Nation in northeastern BC, Treaty 8 Territory.
Two positions to the board of directors were awarded to Chief Brian Assu, We Wai Kai and Chief Rosanne Casimir, Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc last month by acclamation.
The BCAFN is looking forward to working with the chiefs and leaders to confront the challenges of our time including COVID-19, policing and justice, climate emergency and a “new future” post-pandemic era.