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The Housing Department maintains all band-owned homes in the community, which includes rental units and social housing.
The Department also manages construction projects, collects rent, and provides support for members to get loans for renovations through the band and/or the Lax Kw’alaams Trust.
Reg Sampson, Director of Housing (250) 625-3293 Ext 237 [email protected]
Jennifer Reece, Housing Clerk (250) 625-3293 Ext 238 [email protected]
Lax Kw’alaams Fisheries Stewardship program is run through the Lax Kw’alaams Fisheries Department.
We conduct rigorous scientific research to monitor the condition and use of marine resources within the territory. Lax Kw’alaams representatives use information collected from this research in negotiations involving fishing rights or proposed industrial development.
Bill Shepert – Fisheries Manager [email protected]
Jim Henry – Fisheries Technician [email protected]
Wade Helin – Fisheries Technician [email protected]
Devin Helin – Fisheries Technician [email protected]
John Latimer – GIS Technician [email protected]
Brandon Ryan – Lab Technician [email protected]
For more information on the Stewardship Program, call the Lax Kw’alaams Fisheries Lab at 250.627.8509.
Income Assistance Program
The overall goal of the Income Assistance Program is an improved quality of life through the reduction of poverty on-reserve, as well as improved participation in the workforce for participants of the program.
The Income Assistance program provides funding to assist eligible individuals and families who live on-reserve.
To determine eligibility, the Income Assistance program requires one picture ID and one non-picture ID as well as a copy of your notice of assessment for income tax.
Gwen Tait (250) 625-3293 Ext 233
The Health Clinic offers nurse, doctor, dental and other health-related services to members.
On staff, we have:
Irene Pastulovic, Health Director 250.625.3497 Ext 2224 [email protected]
Susan Dennis, Community Health Representative (CHR) 250.625.3202 [email protected]
Brenda Spires and Lori Rail, Home Care Nurses 250.625.3499
Lax Kw’alaams Health Centre
1602 Legiac Street
250.625.3331 Fax 250.625.3264
The Lax Kw’alaams Band has been part of Northwest Inter-nation Family and Community Services Society since 2001. NIFCS is an Aboriginal based agency that provides family support, guardianship and caregiver services to seven First Nations in the Northwest region of British Columbia. For more information, please visit their website at https://www.nifcs.org/
Assists members with household tasks they cannot do themselves while promoting client independence and community involvement.
Provides travel assistance to members of the community to meet health needs (e.g. visiting doctors, dentists, specialists).
Jo Ann Sankey, Patient Travel 250.625.3397 Ext 2228 [email protected]
Lawrence Sankey [email protected]
The Lax Kw’alaams Reginald Sampson Recreation Centre offers a variety of programs including:
Leanne Alexcee, Director of Recreation
(250) 625-3352 Ext 1702
Lax Kw’alaams Elders Lodge
Recreation programs , special events, movie nights and rentals.
Contact Brenda Moraes at 250.625.3448 or 250.625.2530
The Membership Department serves Lax Kw’alaams Band members in matters relating to registration of births, marriages, deaths and legal name changes as well as the administration of status cards.
Hours of operation: 8:30am to 12:00pm.
New Online Application System
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) implemented a new online system. Members can now go online to register for Bill C-31 and Bill C-3, child registration, adult registration and baby registration.
Visit the AANDC website for more information.
Karen Knott, Indian Registry Administrator
(250) 625-3293 Ext 234
The Lax Kw’alaams Band Education Support Services Program provides:
Looking for Post-Secondary Funding?
Deadlines for post-secondary education funding:
Note: if the deadline falls on a holiday, or a day when the Band Office is closed, the deadline will be the next business day.
Deadline for short term funding: 10 working days prior to the course/program start date
Acting Education Manager
(250) 625-3293 Ext 231
The Lax Kw’alaams Indian Band Settlement Trust was established as a result of a Settlement Agreement (October 2002) between the First Nation and Canada relating to the loss of its unsurrendered interest in the southern portion of Tsimpsean Indian Reserve 2.
On December 12, 2002, a majority of the Adult Members of Lax Kw’alaams assented to and approved the execution and delivery of the Trust Agreement. The Agreement sets out the terms on which the Trustees hold the Settlement Monies.
The assets are intended to be held in trust and invested for the benefit of the present and future Members of the First Nation. While revenues generated can be used to benefit those Members, the principle amounts of the Settlement Monies are not available for their use.
In 2018, the Council appointed five (5) Trustees to make Amendments to improve the provisions of the Trust Agreement. On September 10, 2019, after community information meetings, a referendum was held and a majority of members who participated voted to accept the Amendments.
The current Individual Trustees were elected in November 2019 and their terms end on November 23, 2023. The current Individual Trustees are: Michelle Bryant, Susan Dennis, Lisa Girbav, Tressa Johnson, and Carl Sampson.
Karen Knott, Indian Registry Administrator is responsible for membership and works with the Trust as the Trust Liaison to ensure communication and information flows between the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Trust. Karen also manages payments to minors when they turn 19.
The Trusts deed governs the operation of the Trust:
As financial caretakers of the Lax Kw’alaams Trust, the Trustees are responsible for managing the safety, income and growth of Trust assets for the use of current and future generations of Lax Kw’alaams to establish a legacy for all.
Our goal is to help create, reinforce and sustain conditions for the improved quality of life for our members both on and off-reserve.
Lax Kw’alaams Business Development LP works to enhance the quality of life for all of the members of the Lax Kw’alaams Band by forging partnerships that build an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable future.
To see the businesses and joint ventures that Lax Kw’alaams Band owns or is involved with, visit the
Lax Kw’alaams, in partnership with EXPORT, will enable members to do the following:
Are you looking to start a new job or advance your career?
EXPORT connects people and businesses from our community with jobs, training and contract opportunities from industry. It also helps our leadership develop employment and training strategies, which is why we ask all members to create a profile.
Individuals can quickly create a profile and will be able to search jobs. Complete the skills and education sections and EXPORT will build a resume and match jobs and training opportunities to their profile.
Businesses can also create a profile on EXPORT and have the ability to search contract opportunities.
EXPORT is available to our community members at no cost, so get your online profile started today.
To get more information on employment and training, or to sign up, Lax Kw’alaams Band members are encouraged to check out the EXPORT Database.