William T. Charlie
William T. Charlie, "Chaquawet”, is Coast Salish from community of Sts’ailes (formerly known as the Chehalis Indian Band), located about 100km east of Vancouver on the banks of the Harrison River. William was born and raised in Sts’ailes, a community of 1,000 members. Growing up in the close-knit village of Sts’ailes, William was able to grasp onto the cultural teachings of his people and utilize these teachings. William’s gift and job for the Sts’ailes is to be a voice for the Sts’ailes People. He is called upon from many communities and organizations throughout the Fraser Valley to be a voice for special ceremonies, gatherings or meetings. He is also a much sought after lecturer and consultant. Serving his community as Band Councillor for many years and as elected Chief and CEO for Sts’ailes for 3 terms from 2007 to 2013, he was subsequently appointed by Council as Chief Negotiator. In 2009 he was elected for a 2 year term as Vice President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, currently serves on the First Nations Health Council and sits on numerous other committees. He is also the co-owner of an award-winning family-run Aboriginal tourism business called Sasquatch Tours. Sasquatch Tours provides authentic First Nations cultural experiences which include guided river boat tours, First Nations cultural dance performances, drum making, and traditional medicines facilitation.