Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir, Tribal Chief
External Affairs and Public Relations
I am a strong Secwepemc Woman leading by example and am the 14th elected Kukpi7/Chief for Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. I have lineage to hereditary Chief Louis Clexlixqen (1852 -1915). (Chief Clexlixqen-Casimir and Elizebeth-Patrick and Lucindy-Thomas and Sadie- Kyé7e Annie and Stanley- Kí7ce Patricia and Qé7tse George). Proud mother: Vanessa, Denise and Stepmom to Jordan, and one grandchild, Kaidence. Married in 2013.
Professional and Academic Achievements:
- Currently, Elected Chief/Kukpi7 2021-2024. This is my second term as elected Chief, also serving the community in this capacity from 2019 – 2021.
- Elected three (3) terms as Councillor for Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc bringing nine (9) years’ experience as a political advocate for membership
- BC Assembly of First Nations Board of Directors
- UBCIC Credential Committee
- Thompson Rivers University Foundation Board Member, two (2) years volunteer
- Certificate and a Diploma in Business Administration, Okanagan University
- Certificates in Negotiation Skills Training, Banff Leadership Development Center
- Certificate of Certificates Completion for the AANDC Capital Projects Process
- Certificate of Attendance for the completion of First Nations and Taxation, A Pragmatic Approach
- Certificate for On-Reserve Matrimonial Real Property Training
- Received three (3) Business Excellence and First Nation’s Women in Business Awards as a Wrap Artist and Female Entrepreneur of the former WrapZone.
- Graduate of the Home Support and Long-Term Care Aide Program
- Choices Leadership Training
- Cultural Secwepemc Songs and Dan
- Housing Manager, The Kekuli Center, for Youth at Risk, Vernon Friendship Center
- Seven Generations Institute for Training and Development formally located at the Round Lake Treatment Center
- Volunteered at Armstrong Community Center completing supports for all employment readiness and office activities
- Fashion Speaks Model for TteS 2017, Families of Sisters in Spirit, MMIW
- 2001 International Year of Volunteers Certificate from Canada Revenue Agency as a Canadian Volunteer from Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada
I live in my values and integrity. My personal mission statement is “Know your Passion, Visualize your Plan, Collect your Resources, and be Determined to Succeed!” I uphold those values in both my personal and professional life. I will continue to stand tall on my code of ethics which includes honesty, fairness, and trust.
I believe that personal wellness will lead to community and Nation wellness. In order to be a good leader one must learn to effectively communicate with all others in a positive and respectful manner. We are all equal and all have value.
I strive for a work life balance. I serve my community as Kúkpi7/Chief and I also share quality time with family, play recreational soccer year-round, and look forward to being able to travel with my husband post pandemic.
As your acclaimed Tribal Chief for SNTC, member communities can expect my commitment to serving you in the best of my ability. I am committed to seeing our communities continue to strive towards self determination for the benefit of our future generations.
Kukwstsétsemc to all the SNTC Leadership for electing me as your spokesperson. Your support speaks volumes. I look forward to this term to working for you with Pride, Respect, and Integrity to advance our collective voices.
Chief/Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir
“Our old people say, “How are we to live? If the government takes our food from us they must give us other food in its place.” Conditions of living have been thrust on us which we did not expect, and which we consider in great measure unnecessary and injurious. We have no grudge against the white race as a whole nor against the settlers, but we want to have an equal chance with them of making a living. We welcome them to this country. It is not in most cases their fault. They have taken up and improved and paid for their lands in good faith. It is their government which is to blame by heaping up injustice on us. But it is also their duty to see their government does right by us, and gives us a square deal. We condemn the whole policy of the B.C. government towards the Indian tribes of this country as utterly unjust, shameful and blundering in every way. We denounce same as being the main cause of the unsatisfactory condition of Indian affairs in this country and of animosity and friction with the whites. So long as what we consider justice is withheld from us, so long will dissatisfaction and unrest exist among us, and we will continue to struggle to better ourselves”
– MEMORIAL TO SIR WILFRID LAURIER,
PREMIER OF THE DOMINION OF CANADA
From the Chiefs of the Shuswap, Okanagan and Couteau Tribes of British Columbia
Presented at Kamloops, B.C. August 25, 1910