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Vaughn “Tehoweesonte” Sunday

Executive Director

Welcome! I am honored to introduce myself as the newly appointed Executive Director of Scw’exmx Tribal Council (STC), joining this esteemed organization in January of 2024.

In my role, I am deeply committed to collaborating with the dedicated staff of the Scw'exmx Tribal Council and the five Nicola Valley Nations to chart a strategic course for our collective future. Over the next five years, my primary focus is to spearhead the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan that reflects the aspirations and needs of our communities. This plan will be crafted through inclusive dialogue, drawing insights from elected officials, past leaders, band administrators, and STC management. Through this collaborative effort, we aim to fortify our communication channels, foster growth, and provide vital support and resources to the five Bands of the Nicola Valley.

Hailing from the Mohawks of Akwesasne in Ontario, I bring over three decades of invaluable experience in First Nation Administration to my role. With a deep-rooted connection to my culture and language, I have dedicated my career to serving Indigenous communities, both in my own homeland and here in British Columbia. I am a Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) with AFOA Canada and a holder of a master’s degree in public administration from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. I firmly believe that my most profound education stems from the 30 years of hands-on experience navigating the intricacies of Indigenous governance and administration.

What truly captivates me about working in the Territory of the Nlaka’pmux and Syilx Nations is the warmth and hospitality of its people, the breathtaking natural landscapes adorned with lakes and mountains, and the cherished sense of community found in its small towns. Having spent my entire life on reserve and as a proud member of the Manuel clan, I find solace and joy in the tranquility of this region, where laughter and familial bonds abound.

I am excited to embark on this journey, guided by a shared vision of prosperity and empowerment for our community. Together, we will navigate the path ahead, grounded in our cultural heritage and fueled by a collective commitment to excellence and inclusivity.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and my aspirations for our organization. Let us work together as we embark on this transformative endeavor.

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