Maureen Chapman

Chief of Skawahlook First Nation

Biography

Shxwetelemel-elhot, also known as Chief Maureen Chapman, was born in Clearwater, BC.  She spent a number of years in Washington State where she graduated from high school, raised her family and, returned to BC in the early 1990’s.  Her son, Jesse, and his family reside in southeastern Washington State.  After returning to BC, Maureen continued her studies at the University of the Fraser Valley and also began her Council work for Skawahlook First Nation, a member community of the Sto:lo Nation, who are the People of the River.  Maureen is the hereditary Chief of her Nation and was tasked this responsibility in 1999.  Skawahlook First Nation practices a matrilineal system and her successor is being mentored for the Chief’s position.  Maureen has participated for a number of years with the Sto:lo Nations Chief’s Council (SNCC), which is comprised of 11 First Nation communities and, 6 of the 11 communities are currently negotiating a treaty.  She has participated as a representative to the First Nations Health Council, as well as participating on a number of committees and boards for the SNCC.  Skawahlook First Nation is a member of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), the BC Assembly of First Nations (BC AFN) and, the First Nations Summit (FNS).