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Governing Body for the Gitga’at First Nation

The Leadership Council for our Nation includes one elected Chief, four elected councillors, and a Chief from each of the Ganhada (Raven), Gisbutwada (Killer Whale), and Laxskiik (Eagle) clans. Together, these individuals are responsible for ensuring the continued sustainability of our lands, waters, culture, and community.


Chief and Chief Councillor

Wii Hai Waas, Ganhada (Raven Clan)

Arnold is a fisherman and vessel captain based out of Prince Rupert, with Chief and Council responsibilities that include overseeing rights and title.


He is currently working on the Connected Coast fibre-optic cable project that’s bringing high-speed internet access to Prince Rupert and beyond. In the future, Arnold hopes to have a run of the river hydro development project as an alternative power source in Hartley Bay.


Laxskiik (Eagle Clan)

Simone, or Gwa Lag, is the director of the Gitga’at Oceans and Lands Department (GOLD). With an education in social work, Simone dreams of better connections with neighbouring communities and improved mental wellness for all Gitga’at people.


In her role with GOLD, she works with the Guardians, a science director, environmental officers, and other contractors.


Under her leadership, GOLD collaborates with the Health Station and other teams to provide food harvesting opportunities for community members under the direction and supervision of Hereditary and Elected Leadership.


Member of Gisbutwada (Killer Whale) and Laxskiik (Eagle) Clans

Cameron has lived his entire life in Hartley Bay and the Gitga'at territory. He is a hereditary speaker for his chief, Wah Modum, and holds a teaching degree and Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University.

He has held an elected position for the Gitga'at Nation for several terms and is very passionate about Gitga'at norms, beliefs, and values. He is an avid harvester who is also involved in various commercial fishing sectors.



Bruce has been a proud community member serving as a leader for years. He currently manages the Gitga’at Guardian team and lives in Hartley Bay.

Bruce carries full knowledge of the territory and engages and reviews marine safety, and always encourages education for our youth.


Marven lives in Hartley Bay and has owned and operated his tourism business, Gitga’at Spirit Tours, for over 15 years in the Great Bear Rainforest.


A Gitga’at Guardian Watchman, and advocate for the environment, animals, and their habitats, Marven is an expert on Gitga’at territory.  In addition to his work in tourism and environmental monitoring and protection, Marven also has tremendous knowledge and skill in the forestry sector. 

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