Chief Maureen Chapman wll continue as Acting Regional Chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, replacing Shane Gottfriedson, who resigned in January.
On March 27 the Chiefs-in-Assembly resolved to continue to support Chapman in the role until the next BCAFN General Election, which is scheduled for Oct. 12, during the BCAFN Annual General Meeting.
The chiefs also passed a resolution to strike a Governance Committee to review all BCAFN policy manuals and the Constitution and by-laws, “as the resignation of Shane Gottfriedson highlighted the need in which these documents require improvement,” reads a press statement.
Chapman was born in Clearwater, B.C., but moved to her mother's home community of Katzie when she was six. Chapman spent time in foster care, but says she was fortunate to be placed in a caring and supportive environment.
She is the hereditary chief of Skawahlook First Nation, situated at Ruby Creek, between Agassiz and Hope, and belongs to the Sto:lo Nation.