Chief & Council

Chief and Council operate under a portfolio system in order to provide effective services to membership. Portfolio holders report their work to the Chief and Council on a regular basis. To reduce the risk of political interference in the Department management, portfolio holders do not get involved in the day to day activities of the department. Portfolios include all areas of the government including: Rights and Title, Culture and Recreation, Health, Education, Lands, Housing, Forestry, Economic Development and Administration. Each department has a portfolio lead and alternate assigned.

Meeting the Council

Community Members wishing to meet with council are asked to fill out a Request Form located on our Forms and Documents page

Contact the shíshálh Nation
hiwus Warren Paull

Chief Henry Warren Paull is the son of Henry and Ruby Paull. Ruby Paul was born Ruby Clair Simptson at Port Simpson BC, a member of the Lax Kw’alaams, Gibuu (wolf) clan. His shíshálh heritage is the stalashen (killer whale) and huham (frog) clans from twankw and Narrows Inlet. Warren is a retired supervisor from Lehigh Material, one of the largest gravel operations in North America; he has 25 years’ experience in the mining industry.

He served as a council member for the shíshálh Nation for 12 years and served two terms as representative on the Sunshine Coast Regional District board of Directors. He served on the shíshálh Housing Authority and as chair of the Trustees Committee. He was a board member of the Tsain-ko Board of Directors (economic development arm of the shíshálh Nation). In 2017 he was elected to serve as Chief, following his father Henry and paternal Grandfather Daniel and a long line of hereditary chiefs in his family.

Councillor Corey August

Corey is the son of Alvin Lee August and Cynthia August (nee Joe). His maternal Grandparents were Alfred August and Emma Eliza August (nee Paul). His paternal Grandparents were Gilbert Joe and Yvonne Joe (nee Shields). Corey is from the bear clan on his father’s side at tsunay and the grizzly bear clan from xenichen on his mother’s side. Corey was elected to the shíshálh Nation Council in February 2017. Before that he served on the Housing Trust for five years. He also worked in the shíshálh Nation Education Department for nine years and at the recycling depot for 10 years.

He is married to Amber August (nee Bartlett) and they have two children, Azalee August and Aiden August. He also has three children with his previous partner Mary Joseph—Cody, Darian and Cobi August.

Councillor Alvina Paul

Alvina Elaine Paul is the daughter of Lucy Joe and Anthony Paul. She has been married to Ryan Paul for more than 28 years and together they have raised three children, Jamel, Tyrell and Maryah. She comes from a banking background, having worked 16 years at three different financial institutions. Alvina has also worked for the shíshálh Nation in a variety of roles such as administrative assistant in Public Works/SIGD and she was the Career & Employment training coordinator.

Alvina was elected to council in February 2017.

Councillor Selina August

Selina is the daughter of Elaine August and the late Billy August; her grandparents were Johnny Joe and Madeline Dixon. Her family is from xenichen and tsunay and her paternal Grandfather is from Tsimshian. She has two childen, Taneale and Troy who are half shíshálh and half Squamish.

She has a strong interest in culture and was inititated in the Capilano Longhouse for winter spirit dancing; although seasonal, the drumming and singing is medicine for her. She also enjoys kayaking. Prior to be elected as councillor in 2017, she served on the Housing Trust for five years and worked for the Nation for more than 10 years as the Administration Director, Council Executive Secretary and in the Lands Department.

Councillor Barbara Joe

Barbara began her career as a Registered Social Worker in the 1980’s, then started a computer consulting business. Recognizing the need for technology and finance she began Certified General Accounting courses leading to a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager designation.

Barbara began working for the shíshálh Nation in the 1990’s as a coordinator for an employment program while studying accounting and was soon promoted to the full time position of Chief Financial Officer, a role she filled until 2005. In 2006 ready for a new challenge, Barbara agreed to return as the Chief Administrative Officer and continued in that capacity up to 2014.

Currently Barbara is now delivering training and consulting services in Financial Management and Governance, sharing her experience from working with a self-governing First Nation.