Chief Michelle Edwards
Michelle is Chief of Sek’wel’wás (Cayoose Creek Band) and a Board Member of the Cayoose Creek Development Corp. Passionate about the natural world and connection to the land, Michelle started her career from the "ground-up” in Natural Resources Management working in fisheries, forestry and archaeology. She initiated the launch of Split Rock Environmental, an award winning business specializing in environmental services, ecological restoration and propagation of native plants. Splitrock Environmental opened Sek’wel’wás Cultural Experience Centre to showcase local natural products for visiting tourists and schools in Lillooet. Michelle continues to expand her community’s economic interests with the acquisition of Cayuse Flats Transportation and Antares Project Services, and the creation of sister limited partnerships Antares Construction and Antares Energy. As a community leader Michelle was instrumental in the negotiation and ratification of the St’at’imc Hydro Agreement, the largest settlement agreement signed with BC Hydro and the Province of British Columbia. She is also a member of the St’at’imc-Hydro Steering Committee, the governance body for the implementation of the Agreement. Michelle’s commitment to Aboriginal communities extends beyond her own territory. Michelle also holds several key positions within the St’at’imc nation; she is on the Board of Directors for St’at’imc Government Services and serves as the Chair of the Lillooet Tribal Council. In the provincial spotlight, Michelle finalized an Agreement with Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure to co-manage the replacement of the Lillooet Station Bridge and in May 2015 she was appointed to British Columbia’s Climate Leadership Team. As an Aboriginal leader and well-established businesswoman, Michelle is a role model of strength, balance and vision.