Joe Hall has stepped down as president of Sto:lo Nation Chiefs’ Council, the political wing of Sto:lo Nation, after 10 years at the helm.
Squiala Chief David Jimmie takes on the role of president, replacing Grand Chief Hall.
“I am proud to welcome such an experienced and youthful person to the presidency of the SNCC,” said Hall in a news release Wednesday.
“This transition demonstrates the commitment to long-term succession planning and keeping high-caliber, capable leaders at the head of our Chiefs’ Council.”
David Jimmie brings a “unique blend” of business, education and governance expertise to the table. Along with a Master’s in Business Administration, he’s worked for Chilliwack School District and in the residential/commercial construction industry.
Jimmie was first elected to Squiala First Nation government in 2009 and currently is the elected chief. He is also serving as the CEO of Squiala and president of the Ts’elxeweyeqw Tribe.
“I am truly honored and humbled to be undertaking the role of SNCC President,” said Chief Jimmie. “It means so much having the Chiefs support to take on such a role and I will do my best to follow in the footsteps of Grand Chief Joe Hall.”
He acknowledged “the immense contribution” Hall made on behalf of the SNCC during his time at the helm. Hall’s knowledge and experience has been extremely valuable in advancing the issues brought forward by the SNCC.
“I look forward to the new role with the SNCC and contributing to the advancement of the organization while assisting our member First Nations,” said Jimmie.
The SNCC represents 11 Sto:lo communities, including: Aitchelitz, Leq’a:mel, Matsqui, Popkum, Sq’ewá:lxw, Skowkale, Shxwha:y Village, Squiala, Sumas, Tzeachten, and Yakweakwioose.