Snuneymuxw First Nation

The Marine Division Team

The Snuneymuxw Marine Division oversees the natural ecosystems in our territorial waters for the benefit of local fish and all marine creatures living in and passing through our waters.

We support the long-term strategy of increasing Snuneymuxw presence within the marine environment while ensuring that culturally and sacred sites are protected, and food security is maintained.

Chief Michael Wyse, Xumtilum

Years on Council: 2014 – Present
Phone: 250-740-2337
Email: michaelw@snuneymuxw.ca

Chief Michael Wyse (Xumtilum) is a proud member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and is honoured to serve our membership as Chief. He is the son of Joe Wyse and late Chief Viola Wyse, married to Kora and together they have three sons.

Chief Mike Wyse’s time as councillor and Chief has been informed by listening to the Snuneymuxw community and taking the time to understand our community priorities and hardships.

The collective vision for Snuneymuxw includes a self-determined, strong, prosperous, and healthy community, where Snuneymuxw people live in equality, mutual respect, and according to the teaching of our traditions and culture.

Some highlights of the work Chief Wyse accomplished in collaboration with Council and community over the past 4 years include:

  • Snuneymuxw’s agreements with Canada and British Columbia that outline a Nation-to-Nation relationship, recognizes and implements our Treaty of 1854 rights and culture, and identifies sacred villages that will be returned to Snuneymuxw.
  • Building the Snuneymuxw economy with our new gas station, new retail cannabis store, new hotel, and creating jobs for our people.
  • Improving infrastructure for our community with widening Needham Street and creating the new learning centre that launches mid-2022.
  • Enhancing supports for community in times of need.
  • Thank you for entrusting me with the honour to lead our great Nation into the future.

 

Thank you for entrusting me with the honour to lead our great Nation into the future.

Councillor Darren Good

Portfolios:
Culture and Language (Chair) Lands & Resources (Co-chair)

Years on Council: 2014 – Present
Phone: 250-740-2337
Email: darreng@snuneymuxw.ca

Councillor Edward Good Sr

Portfolios:
Housing (Co-chair)

Years on Council: 2022 – Present
Phone: 250-740-2337
Email: edwardg@snuneymuxw.ca

Councillor Kate Good

Portfolios:
Health and Wellness (Chair)
Governance & Administration (Co-chair)

Years on Council: 2014 – Present
Phone: 250-740-2337
Email: kateg@snuneymuxw.ca

Kate Good is the proud daughter of Joe Wyse and late Chief Viola Wyse, married to Ed Good Sr and the mother to Edward Jr., JoJo and Carter. Kate was born and raised in the Snuneymuxw territory and cherishes the traditional teachings she was raised with.

Having worked in many different administrative roles, Kate is currently the Crisis Support & Wellness Elders Coordinator for Snuneymuxw First Nation, dedicated to supporting Elders and other members who need additional support and care. She is also assuming the role of Tournament Director in support of the Junior All Native Tournament taking place in Snuneymuxw (March 2023).

Kate is honoured to advocate for Snuneymuxw people today, while considering how her decisions will benefit generations to come.

Thank you, Snuneymuxw members, for your continued trust and support!

Councillor Wanda Good

Portfolios:       
Community Development  (Co-chair)

Years on Council: 2022 – Present
Phone: 250-740-2337
Email: wandag@snuneymuxw.ca

Wanda Good is mother to Kyle Good, and the daughter of late Peter Good and former council member Sandra Good. Wanda’s maternal grandparents were Gertrude Point (Musqueam) and Harvey Johnny (Snuneymuxw) and her paternal grandparents were Caroline Johnson (Sechelt) and Peter Good (Snuneymuxw).

Wanda has worked in Social Work since 2012 and is currently employed with Kwumut Lelum’s Health and Wellness Team as a Wellness Counsellor, supporting children and families in a culturally appropriate manner.

Wanda is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work – Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency. Her academic and professional background have underscored the importance of providing trauma informed care and committing to personal healing work.

Initiated into the longhouse, Wanda follows our traditional ways of being through S' nuw uy' ulh, which has been passed onto us by our Elders and ancestors. Wanda believes that our sacred culture and knowledge enable us to work more effectively together, as one, and move us towards healing ourselves and our community.

Councillor Erralyn Joseph

Portfolios:       
Corporate Services (Chair)
Finance & Audit (Chair)
Rights Implementation (Co-chair)

Years on Council: 2014 – Present
Phone: 250-740-2337
Email: erralynt@snuneymuxw.ca

Erralyn Joseph is 36 years young, married to Joshua Joseph and together they have two children, Joshua Joseph JR and Lizzie Joseph. 

Erralyn received a lacrosse scholarship to attend Niagara University where she received a Bachelor or Science in criminology and political science.

Her professional experience includes providing technical support on public policy priorities and government-to-government relations, criminal and aboriginal law practice, and provincial First Nation youth leadership.

Erralyn is the Assistant Negotiator for Snuneymuxw First Nation, and the President for Petroglyph Development Group. She is a board of director of the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and the newly formed Nanaimo Prosperity Corporation. Erralyn and her husband Joshua are the owners of Beefeater’s Chophouse and Grill.

Other notable positions Erralyn has held include Governor for Vancouver Island University for 6 years, and Female Youth Representative for BC Assembly of First Nations.

As the BC Assembly of First Nations Female Youth Rep, she worked with regional chief Jody Wilson-Reybould and First Nation Chiefs to strengthen youth leadership and identify youth priorities, through provincial youth gatherings, which may be integrated within decision-making processes, provincially, federally, and within Chief and Councils.

As an Aboriginal Youth Intern working with the government of BC and the First Nations Summit, she gained experience with both governmental and First Nations bureaucratic processes, honing her ability to provide analytical, critical and practical analysis on various public policy, legal and political issues.

Erralyn’s goals and responsibilities are focused primarily on advancing Snuneymuxw title and rights and treaty implementation for the Snuneymuxw Treaty of 1854 and strengthening the Snuneymuxw economy.

Since 2020, Snuneymuxw has signed constructive arrangements or agreements that are geared towards treaty implementation for the Snuneymuxw Peoples.

Erralyn is committed to strengthening the Snuneymuxw economy by facilitating economic and business development that helps improve the quality of life for Snuneymuxw Peoples. For more information on our development projects, please see petroglyphdg.com.

These priorities, in her view, are important to nurturing self-determination for Snuneymuxw First Nation and upholding equality, harmony and prosperity.