Alex is a proud member of the Musgamagw- Dzawada'enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Village. He acquired his traditional name, Kasalas and a seat in the Gigalgam of the Haxwa'mis, from his Family's 2009 Potlatch. He currently resides in Victoria with his wife Nella, daughter Tasha and Grandsons Gigalis & Komanagila. He continues to be deeply entrenched in his tradition and culture.
Alex spent seven years in the infamous St. Michaels Indian Residential School in Alert Bay. He is a graduate of UVic. One of his greatest achievements was hosting the 1997 North American Indigenous Games in Victoria, and was the Chairperson of the NAIG Council 1995, Blaine Minnesota; 2002, Winnipeg; and 2008 NAIG, Cowichan. He was also co-founder and Executive Director of Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC for twenty years.
"Once again I am humbled to have another opportunity to serve our Tribe, and to apply all my Leadership skills, knowledge and experience! Our recent and devastating Flood, September 25, 2010 really called on such Leadership, and I am only grateful that everyone was safe! We learned so many life lessons from this flood as we continue our journey to full Recovery. Having experienced two terms as DFN Council, I have a deeper understanding as to my role as an ''Off Reserve" Council member, and have a deeper appreciation of politics in our beloved Village. I continue to respect the autonomy of Village activities and what goes on in the Village, while attending to specific interests regarding our Off-Reserve members (such as Land & Marine use, Education, Health and Housing).
Finally, I continue to believe that Leadership is not just a title, but Action! I believe that we can take the best of this modern world, and mould it into our Traditional world, and visa versa. I strongly believe that when all our Membership and all Four Tribes work together, we are the strong and powerful Nation that we are. I promise to continue to exercise our voice and find solutions. Once again, I am humbled and honored to serve our People! Alex states, "I would like to give my knowledge and experience to the next generation, in pursuit of excellence!"
I was born in Alert Bay in 1956. Our family moved the the Bay in the early 70's, to try to further our education. We stayed there for a few years, then moved to Victoria. I attended Landsdowne School until Grade 10, after which I moved around a lot gaining fishing and hunting experience. While living in Victoria I used to take in some of our band members for the boarding home program. After most of them graduated I was left alone, so I decided to move home to Kingcome. Before I moved home I struggled with alcohol and drugs. I can proudly say I've been off the booze for over 20 years and the drugs over 10 years. Kingcome has been the best place for me to clean-up. Our community really helped in their own way, and I would like to thank you all.
I got nominated and elected to be on council, which I do enjoy. I hold the portfolios for Land, Marine and Resource, Economic Development, and Language and Culture. I am an alternate for the Operations and Maintenance, Housing, and Education. I also sit on the MDTC Board.
Lately it has been hard to focus, but I am looking forward to the New Year. As I write this during the holiday season, I would like to say Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you all!
Terrance Joe Willie is a member of the Tswataineuk First Nation of Kingcome Inlet. Born in Kingcome Inlet in 1964, he's lived there most of his life. Umagaleese comes from a traditionally rich heritage from both his mother and father's side of the family. From his father's side alone he belongs th three houses, the house of Khawadigila (Wolf Clan), Lelawagila (Raven Clan), in Kingcome and from the house of Memamogen (Chegameh - Cedar tree man/Thunderbird Clan) of Gilford Island
Terrance has been initiated as a Hamatsa and has also been stood up to assume the leadership and chieftainship from the Lelawagela Clan. He has been given stewardship of the family treasures and had given a potlatch to affirm his tradtional position.
Joe first watched his older brothers carve when he was a young boy. He started carving when he was 19 years old while watching his cousins carve in Kingcome. Joe started carving bigger masks but decided to try smaller ones and enjoyed doing them; Joe's passion is primarily the smaller masks 2" - 4" in height to wear as a necklace or display but is quite capable of doing life-sized masks. Carving would not be as enjoyable if he did not live in Kingcome.
Gilakasla, Nugwa'am Xaniuse, gayu'tlan lax Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw dlu Kwanlindun.
Greetings, my name is Farron Alexander Soukochoff and I come from the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation in Kingcome Inlet and the Kwanlindun in Yukon Territories. My parents are Diana Dick and Don Soukochoff. I am the Eldest grandson of Gordon Dick, Mary Macko, Charlie Dick and Gertrude 'Ood' Dawson. I have lived in Kingcome since 1996, except for boarding out for schooling in 2002-2007. I recently purchased a house off of my aunt and have renovated it. I am married to Ashton Soukochoff (Souch) of the Namgis. I look forward to my term in office as a DFN Council member and look forward to getting feedback from our membership.
I currently hold the portfolios of Education, Capital Projects and Operations & Maintenance as well as the alternate for the Finance & Administration.