The EFN Chief and Council, as the governing body of the EFN, is responsible for the development, ratification, updating and oversight of EFN internal policies. Chief and Council are committed to transparent, unbiased decision-making that serves the membership as a whole.
The EFN has occupied and benefited from the EFN traditional territory since time immemorial. The EFN has never ceded, surrendered or in any way relinquished aboriginal title and shall continue to assert its interests and exercise its aboriginal rights over its traditional territory. The EFN is committed to protecting the aboriginal rights of the EFN and its Members.
Nits'ilin (Chief) Victor Roy Stump
"My vision is to constantly move forward in this fast gaining millennium. The world is ever changing, technology is advancing and we need to keep up with the times and put emphasis into training our youth to persevere. I am a homegrown boy and over the years I've seen what my community needs and I have accomplished a lot in my short time as Chief - I have many great ideas to implement."
Representing ?Esdilagh First Nation, Nits'ilin Stump, was originally born on reserve in 1955. As a Tsilhqot'in (Chilcotin) descendant his mother was from the Tl'etinqox community, his father was from the Yunesi'tin community and all of his siblings are were born and raised in ?Esdilagh.
While on the rise, Roy has achieved many accomplishments such as becoming a musician in the 1980's and leading up to 2017 (40 years) and starting the very well-known classical-country/rock band named 'Kordaroy Band.' In his time of growing up in ?Esdilagh he also held the positions of working as the former Farm Manager, Supervisor, General Laborer as well as driving the trucks for Horse Logging.
He was elected Chief of ?Esdilagh in mid-December 2016 and has since brought together a very resilient team to work and build the the community of ?Esdilagh while also working alongside the 5 other Chiefs of the surrounding communities (Tl'esqox, Tl'etinqox, Tsi Deldel, Xeni Gwet'in,Yunesit'in) Roy knows and believes it is important to maintain a strong sturdy relationship with his community and other surrounding areas.
Nits'ilin Yaz Chad Stump
"?Esdilagh is the 'sleeping giant' of the Tsilhqot'in. We are one of the smallest nations but the location and vicinity are perfect for our culture to raise our children and be at the forefront of our leaderships visions. I am happy to work for our community and will continue to give 110 percent for our nation. Thank you very much for the opportunity to be part of ?Esdilagh and to make a difference for our future generations."
My name is Chad Stump I've been an ?Esdilagh First Nation member for over 20 years. I transferred into the First Nation from another neighbouring Tsilhqot'in Community since then I've lived in ?Esdilagh all of my life while raising three young strong boys in this community. My passion is to see this community flourish and prosper from many projects that are in the works and planned for our people while acknowledging the Elders and Youth that are a very big part of the heritage and growth of our community.
Nits'ilin Yaz Howard Johnny
Councilor since 2003
Councilor Johnny has been a councilor at the ?Esdilagh First Nation since 2003. Throughout his term as councilor he has been the Forestry/silviculture Manager and from 2000-2003 owned 'Howard & Sons Contracting'. Howard has a Forest Technician Diploma.
Howard has had much experience logging as he worked his way through skidding,loading and decking,falling to bucking. He also has performed silviculture block layouts and fuel reduction.
Nits'ilin Yaz William Baptiste
Thank you so much for the opportunity and I look forward to seeing all of you soon.
Councilor Baptiste has been a councillor for the ?Esdilagh First Nation for a great number of years now. He is happy to see all the good things that are happening for the community. Along with new Chief Roy Stump William was re-elected again in 2016 to a 4 year term and is glad to continue working for the community and helping in whatever projects he can.
It warms Williams' heart to see the youth getting involved in all of ?Esdilaghs' projects. Youth are the future and one day Councilor Baptiste would like to sit and watch the youth of this community take ?Esdilagh farther then he has been able to. He feels very lucky to be a part of this change that is happening. ?Esdilagh has been a great work in progress project for his term - he has seen the Chief help to give the community a great vision and great goals to strive for to updating the new staff and continuing to push forward for our communities well being.
The new economic development approach that the Band Manager Chad Stump and Chief Roy Stump brought forward seems to be helping the members and even William to get through some trying times. For far too long ?Esdilagh has been in an idle feeling but so far in the new term he feels it has been great to work with my fellow band members and staff members.
Councilor Baptiste looks forward to what this next 4 year term will bring, and he will challenge himself on a daily basis to do the absolute best for his community and help whenever and wherever needed.