External Affairs and Public Relations
I am a strong Secwepemc Woman leading by example and am the 13th elected Kukpi7/Chief for Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. I have lineage to hereditary Chief Louis Clexlixqen (1852 -1915). (Chief Clexlixqen-Casimir and Elizebeth-Patrick and Lucindy-Thomas and Sadie- Kyé7e Annie and Stanley- Kí7ce Patricia and Qé7tse George). Proud mother: Vanessa, Denise and Stepmom to Jordan, and one grandchild, Kaidence. Married in 2013.
Professional and Academic Achievements:
• Currently, Elected Chief/Kukpi7 2018-2021
• Elected three (3) terms as Councillor for Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc bringing nine (9) years’ experience as a political advocate for membership
• Thompson Rivers University Foundation Board Member, two (2 ) years volunteer
• Certificate and a Diploma in Business Administration, Okanagan University
• Certificates in Negotiation Skills Training, Banff Leadership Development Center
• Certificate of Certificates Completion for the AANDC Capital Projects Process
• Certificate of Attendance for the completion of First Nations and Taxation, A Pragmatic Approach
• Certificate for On-Reserve Matrimonial Real Property Training
• Received three (3) Business Excellence and First Nation’s Women in Business Awards as a Wrap Artist and Female Entrepreneur of the former WrapZone.
• Graduate of the Home Support and Long-Term Care Aide Program
• Choices Leadership Training
• Cultural Secwepemc Songs and Dances
• Housing Manager, The Kekuli Center, for Youth at Risk, Vernon Friendship Center
• Seven Generations Institute for Training and Development formally located at the Round Lake Treatment Center
• Volunteered at Armstrong Community Center completing supports for all employment readiness and office activities
• Fashion Speaks Model for TteS 2017, Families of Sisters in Spirit, MMIW
• 2001 International Year of Volunteers Certificate from Canada Revenue Agency as a Canadian Volunteer from Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada
Values: I uphold the integrity of myself and others and live by the words of: “Know your Passion, Visualize your Plan, Collect your Resources, and be Determined to Succeed!” I practice those values in both my personal and professional life.
Beliefs: I believe that personal wellness will lead to community wellness and that in order to be a good leader one must possess the basic skills of communication to effectively communicate with all others in a positive and respectful manner that we are all equal and all have value.
Having balance in life with serving my community as Kúkpi7/Chief is also shared with quality time with family, playing recreational soccer year-round, and world travels with my husband.
I have been a frequent speaker across the Nation sharing how we raised awareness of the Matrimonial Real Property (“MRP”) legislation within the community and our experience creating the law. We were also positioned to provide comment on the need for legislative amendments and ongoing supports for us and for other First Nations across the Nation.
BC Faculty of Law also invited me to present our story and gain a better understanding of the MRP Law. I was truly honoured to assist by sharing and creating greater awareness and appreciation of how we take ownership of our own laws as opposed to those that are imposed and incorporating our Secwepemc Laws and values.
In addition, I would love to share how proud I am of my involvement in advocating for all our members and other stakeholders to bring Public Transit to our Community, a service that took a decade to become a scheduled route within TteS.
As your elected Chief, membership can continue to expect my commitment to community, that it thrives for the benefit of our future generations, and that I stand tall on my code of ethics which includes honesty, fairness, trust, and that I proudly represent all of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Membership.
I am bringing in an agenda that will address our economic drive, fiscal responsibility and enhancing the powers of council to achieve better health care, a better education, support the development of much-needed infrastructure for our community and to address better roads, lighting, and sidewalks, and truly making our community a safer and healthier place we want as a home for our children.
Kukwstsétsemc to all membership for electing me as your Kukpi7/Chief. Your support speaks volumes, and I look forward to this term as your External Affairs and Public Relations, and ex officio to all portfolios for our community, working for you with Pride, Respect, and Integrity advancing our collective voices.
Chief/Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir