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Chief and Council
Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation

P.O. Box 94
Old Crow, Yukon
Canada, Y0B 1N0
Tel: (867) 966-3261
Fax: (867) 966-3116

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Chief & Councilors

In March of 1997 the election process was ratified by a Special General Assembly, held in Old Crow, to go back to the old system of one Chief and four Councilors. Term of office is for 4 years.

chief and council
L-R: Dana Tizya-Tramm, Paul Josie, Marvin Frost Jr., Bruce Charlie, and Esau Schafer

The following persons were elected to Chief and Council on May 2, 2016:

Bruce Charlie - Vuntut Gwitchin Chief
Esau Schafer - Deputy Chief
Dana Tizya-Tramm - Councilor
Paul Josie - Councilor
Marvin Frost Jr. - Councilor

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 Chief and Council Resolutions


Bruce Charlie, Chief
Bruce Charlie was elected as Chief in May, 2016. He was born and raised in Old Crow, Yukon and is proudly Vuntut Gwitchin. Bruce was the tenth child of the late Charlie Peter Charlie SR CM. and the late Fannie Charlie of Old Crow. He lived in Old Crow his whole life, except for the last 18 years, Bruce was in Whitehorse, Yukon so his children could attend school in Whitehorse. Bruce was employed by Vuntut Gwitchin Government as Director of Natural Resources, and was later Deputy Chief from 1994-1996. Bruce enjoys practicing his Vuntut Gwitchin traditions and especially enjoys going to Crow Flats.

Esau Schafer, Deputy Chief
I am proudly from Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. I was born out on the home land of the Dagoo Traditional Territory in Whitestone and Johnson Creek Village. I am a strong advocate of getting out on the land, practicing my culture and when available, teaching the Youth on the land.

I have a great little family that has stood beside me for 43 years. It can be a challenge working as a Leader for our Nation, but I am very thankful to be in Leadership and every day I look forward to bettering the lives of our young generation – the future.

I have lived here in my community all my life and today I am still working for the community. My great interest is Our Children; they are our most vital and meaningful resource for the future. I see the importance of being attentive to their needs and investing in them. By doing this, we all reap the benefits not only in our own future but in the futures success of our Vuntut Gwitchin.

Dana Tizya-Tramm, Councilor
Dana Tizya-Tramm is a proud Yukoner as well as Vuntut Gwitchin who grew up in rural Yukon as well as its cities, also spending a number of years living abroad in BC. Dana has worked in a number of interesting jobs throughout a long working career but his team skills, people skills, and his speaking abilities have always served him in bringing people together to accomplish tasks and long-term goals. He has been, and is currently involved in the building and management of youth organizations like Our Voices as a steering committee member, and the Youth of the Peel as President.

For years Dana has been involved with project management and strategic thinking bringing these tools to groups, assisting in creating strategic routes to their goals and development of the manner in which they are achieved. Youth are a focus as well as education; Dana has also spent a number of years speaking across North America on subjects such as “Bridging Indigenous Ways of Knowing with Western Best Practices”, “Youth Engagement and Motivation”, as well as “Project Management and Engagement in the North”. Dana is proud to extend his experience and abilities to the Natural Resource and Heritage portfolios for his First Nation’s Government.

Paul Josie, Councilor
Paul Kevin Josie; hunter, fisher and avid outdoorsman was born in Whitehorse Yukon to William and Vicky Josie on November 5th, 1985. He spent his first few years in Whitehorse before making the move to Old Crow, his current home. Paul, a joyful yet persuasive person has always had a voice somewhere.

In his younger years Paul went on many tours including the 1994 favorite: 10 City Tour across America, hitting ten major cities, speaking about Vuntut Gwitchin livelihood in the Canadian North. At the age of thirteen Paul attended the Forum for Young Canadians, spending a week on Parliament Hill discussing Canadian Politics and Public affairs. He was a part of BYTE (Bringing Youth Towards Equality) for two years all while attending school in Old Crow, YT.

Paul Graduated F.H.Collins Secondary School in 2004 receiving High Honors in Gr.11 Mechanics, which he enjoyed. He then went on to Post Secondary at Yukon College Ayamdigut Campus upgrading Math, English, and Biology (2004-2005).

Marvin Frost Jr., Councilor
I’m a new Councillor and am new to the political scene. I want to give you some insight into my life growing up in Old Crow. My name is Marvin Frost Jr. I lived in Old Crow pretty much my whole life. When I was young, I would Spring-out to Crow Flats with my parents, sister and crazy little brother. I got married at a young age and now have a little son that I can teach. When he grows up I’ll show him the Gwitchin way of life. I want to thank the community for appointing me to Council. I will try my best and I will always speak from my heart.

I’m honoured to be a part of Chief and Council, to understand more about the government and the community. I am proud to be a citizen of Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and I look forward to working with the community as well, to be here for the youth and citizens and to gain knowledge from the people.

Education Reform Project Executive Committee. Chief Liard McMillan, Chief Joe Linklater, and Minister of Education Patrick Rouble
Education Reform Project final report released.
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Executive Documents:

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Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Executive Documents
PDF Vuntut Gwitchin Government Oil and Gas Engagement Policy May 15, 2018
PDF Public Notice October 25, 2016
PDF Ni'inlii Declaration September 13, 2016
PDF 60 days notice for coop lease July 03, 2015
PDF Council Resolution 02122015-#09 Standing Committee members February 12, 2015
PDF Overview of the Vuntut Gwitchin considerations and position on the Peel regional land use plan February 27 2014
PDF Winter road notice to Vuntut Gwitchin Citizens January 20 2014
PDF Governance Act Last amended May 8, 2012
PDF First Appropriation Act, 2012-2013 Published May28, 2012
PDF Vuntut Gwitchin Controlled Subsidiary Loan Act Drafted May 4, 2012
PDF Integrated Community Sustainability Plan Drafted January 2009
PDF Constitution Last amended September 23, 2006
PDF Standing Committees Drafted January 10, 2008
PDF Standing Committee Organizational Chart Drafted January 10, 2008
PDF First Appropriation Act, 2007-2008 Published March 30, 2007
PDF VGFN Press Release - 03-30-07 Vuntut Gwitchin Passes First Appropriation Legislation
PDF Housing Policy Adopted by VGFN Special General Assembly April 12, 2006

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