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Kukpi7 Dr. Ronald E. Ignace, Board Member

Kukpi7 (Chief) Dr. Ronald E. Ignace has more than sixty years of practical experience in Secwepemc traditional food harvesting. He learned these skills from his own elders who shared their stories and teachings in the Secwepemc language with him. He is a survivor of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

He was instrumental in establishing the AFN’s National Chiefs’ Committee on Language and Culture (1999-2003) and was called upon to chair the Task Force on Aboriginal Languages and Cultures appointed by the Federal Minister of Cultural and Heritage (2003-2005). He represented the AFN at the United Nations from 1989-1993.

Chief Ignace has been the elected Chief of the Skeetchestn Band for more than 28 years. He is a leader in advancing the economic development of the band, and implemented a well-functioning on-reserve housing program. Kukpi7 still actively seeks justice and reconciliation on issues of Secwepemc land title and rights.

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