About the Council
Homalco First Nation (HFN) is served by a Chief and Council elected every four years through a custom election code. Even though this system is different from our traditional ways, our leaders are guided by the same values that sustained our ancestors. Their conduct is guided by the Homalco Nation Oath of Office and work is guided by the Comprehensive Community Plan, which is developed through an active community engagement process.
Chief and Council work to support healing, development, self-determination, self-actualization and good governance. They work to establish organizations that maintain Homalco’s connection and responsibility to our culture, lands and resources. They are guided by HFN beliefs:
- pek yet’s quiye gun (having humility firstly, followed by prayers for family, then self)
- naut’sa mawt (we are all one and interconnected)
Meet our Chief and Council
Chief Darren Blaney is serving his fourth term as Chief and has been an elected official since 2003. Darren is a father, husband and an artist who is proud to be Homalco. He believes strongly in the healing, resilience and bright future for Homalco people. As Chief, he is focused on sound financial management, economic development, accountability and building relationships.
Preston Joseph is serving his first term on Homalco Council. As a dedicated father and grandfather Preston believes in a healthy, sober lifestyle. He is an advocate for strong engagement and involvement with off-reserve members and has organized the Homalco Christmas party in Vancouver for the past 5 years. Preston was part of the crew that started the Salmon Hatchery in Orford and helped to build the Homalco Band Office and Cultural Center.
Councillor Kelsie Robinson has been an elected member of council for the Homalco First Nation since 2017. Since his election, Robinson has been heavily involved with the nation’s tourism company and served as operations manager in 2019. Currently, he is enrolled in third year business at Royal Roads University and plans to obtain a Bachelors in Business Administration. Robinson plans on aiding his Nation in economic development with this degree and helping the Nation grow in a positive way.
Councillor John Blaney has served on HFN Council since 2017 and is committed to the protection, enhancement and stewardship of Homalco territory. John serves as the Orford Bay and Hatchery Manager and is working to establish a Homalco Nation Guardian Program.
Councillor Alison Trenholm has 31 years of experience working with First Nation and Aboriginal organizations. She is committed to community service, community development and creating opportunities for her people today and for future generations. She recently began the most important role of her life: Chi Chia (grandmother) to a precious granddaughter.
Purpose of Council
Chief and Council are responsible for leading HFN through the ongoing development, implementation, and monitoring of culturally relevant laws and policies. They work to fulfill the HFN vision, protect Aboriginal rights and title, and safeguard all HFN assets for the benefit of all members (on and off reserve).
Our Oath of Office
Homalco Chief and Council are guided by a seven point Oath of Office. To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of Chief and Council, download our Governance Policy Manual.
- Do my best to carry out my responsibilities respectfully, efficiently, and effectively according to HFN values and beliefs (e.g. pek yet’s quiye gun, and naut’sa mawt);
- Work with Councillors, HFN employees and members in a positive, problem-solving and collaborative manner;
- Remember that my primary duty is to serve the best interests of members and future generations;
- Adhere to, and support the policies, values, and decisions of HFN Council, including conducting myself at all times in a manner that will bring credit to the HFN;
- Continually work towards self-improvement and development through self-evaluation, traditional teachings, and the current educational system;
- Act as a community development resource and political guide for all members to help advance and resolve issues; and
- Respect the decisions of HFN Council and members if I do not uphold and fulfil my responsibilities.