Chief Patrick Michell

Patrick Michell is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation and has lived in British Colombia’s Fraser Canyon all of his life. Patrick has an Administrative Management diploma from Douglas College (New Westminster) and a Bachelor of Laws (UBC). After working in Vancouver with DFO and INAC, Patrick articled with the Ministry of Attorney General in Victoria before been called to the Bar in 1997. Patrick practiced law in the Fraser Canyon until 2005 after which he became a full time worker for the Kwoiek Hydro Project in the role of Community Liaison.  The Liaison role transitioned into the community Economic Development Officer after the Kwoiek hydro project was completed in January 2014. With the retirement of Chief James Frank in Spring of 2015, Patrick became the Chief of Kanaka Bar in the communities first election in over 30 years.

Patrick has been part of all four phases for the Kwoiek 50MW hydro project (inception in 1978), is now overseeing the design of a 1 MW hydro project, has supervised the installation of three small scale solar projects (6 kw ground, 4 Kw pillar and one off grid security system) and is currently managing the preliminary concept for a small wind project slated for operation in July 2017. Should you wish for more information; Kanaka Bar uses its webpage to keep all members informed of community events, projects and services and is available for all at: