Ochekwi-Sipi | Treaty 5 | 1875

Chief & Council

The Chief and Council are elected representatives of band members. They are responsible for local administration of community services for residents on band controlled land, including housing, roads, sanitation and welfare. The council is also responsible for the interests of band membership with regard to matters affecting Aboriginal Rights, Treaty Rights, band capital and revenue funds in trust. They may also deal with matters involving non-band members with respect to business and industrial interests, such as the regulation of land leases, royalties, lumber and tourism. Band government consists of a Chief and four Councillors.

The band officials officially serve a two year term. The current Chief and Council are:

  • David Crate

    Chief

    Chief Crate’s tenure has been marked by a persistent focus on long-term planning, strategic partnerships, environmental stewardship and economic development.

    Portfolio:

    • Finance

    • Capital Projects

    • Land Claims

    • Employment & Training

    • Emergency Preparedness

    • Inter-Government Relations

    • Day Care/Headstart/ECD

    • Fisher River Economic Development Corporation

    • Gaming Commission

    • Health Services

    • Land Management

    • Natural Resources/Environment

    • 204.645.2171
  • Darrell Thaddeus

    Councillor

    Darrell Thaddeus was successfully elected to council on August 19, 2009, and most recently re-elected in August 2017.

    Portfolio:

    • Finance

    • Policy Development

    • Capital Projects

    • Land Claims

    • Drug Strategy

    • Employment & Training

    • Emergency Preparedness

    • Inter-Government Relations

    • Fisher River Economic Development Corporation

    • Education

    • Public Works

    • Sports & Recreation

    • Day Care/Headstart/ECD

    • Education

    • Land Management

    • Youth/Jr. Chief & Council

    • Housing Authority

    • Personal Care Home

    • Social Development

    • 204.645.2171
  • Carl Cochrane

    Councillor

    Carl Cochrane was first elected to council in 2000.

    Portfolio:

    • Finance

    • Policy Development

    • Capital Projects

    • Land Claims

    • Drug Strategy

    • Employment & Training

    • Emergency Preparedness

    • Inter-Government Relations

    • Healing Centre

    • Gaming

    • Justice/Policing

    • Natural Resources/Environment

    • Public Works

    • Sports & Recreation

    • Day Care/Headstart/ECD

    • Education

    • Fisher River Economic Development Corporation

    • Land Management

    • Youth/Jr. Chief & Council

    • Housing Authority

    • Healing Centre

    • 204.645.2171
  • Vince Crate

    Councillor

    Vince Crate, first elected to Council in August of 2003, served four terms until 2011. Vince did not seek re-election in August 2011, due to family reasons. He was successfully re-elected to Council in the August 2015 election.

    Portfolio:

    • Finance

    • Policy Development

    • Capital Projects

    • Land Claims

    • Drug Strategy

    • Employment & Training

    • Emergency Preparedness

    • Inter-Government Relations

    • Gaming

    • Justice/Policing

    • Natural Resources/Environment

    • Public Works

    • Sports & Recreation

    • Child & Family

    • Health Services

    • Social Development

    • 204.645.2171
  • Shirley Ann Cochrane

    Councillor

    Shirley Anne Cochrane was successfully elected to council on August 21, 2015. She retired from Child and Family Services in 2013. During her retirement she was active with various committees as well as being on the board of directors for the Personal care home and Intertribal child and Family services.

    Portfolio:

    • Finance

    • Policy Development

    • Capital Projects

    • Land Claims

    • Drug Strategy

    • Employment & Training

    • Emergency Preparedness

    • Inter- Government Relations

    • Child & Family Services

    • Education

    • Health Services

    • Healing Centre

    • Personal Care Home

    • Land Management

    • 204.645.2171