Tribal Chief

Chief Christian (5)Wayne Christian is of Shuswap/Okanagan ancestry and is the Kukpi7 (chief) of Splatsín First Nation. He was first elected as Chief in 1979 and served for 8 years, then re-elected in 2005. His current term marks his fifth consecutive term.

Leadership for Kukpi7 Christian is a way of living, a way of achieving change, and a way to strengthen our Nations and next generations. He has more than 30 years in leadership from being a national Spokesperson for the Shuswap Nation at the National Confederacy of Chiefs, Executive Director for Round Lake Treatment Centre, and Chairperson of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs resolutions committee, to name a few. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Thompson Rivers University.

Kukpi7 Christian has accomplished a lot in his leadership career, most notably was being Chairperson for the “Constitutional Express”, a key political force of 100 leaders, Elders, and spiritual people leading delegations to the Canadian Parliament to enforce the rights for self-government. Kukpi7 Christian is currently the Chairperson of the Secwepemc Health Caucus, which consists of 17 Chiefs and 13 Health Directors to create a Community-driven Nation-based health system for Secwepemc people.

For more information contact:
Shuswap Nation Tribal Council
Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, Tribal Chief
Phone: 250-503-7072  Email:



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