Coldwater is governed by a Chief and seven Councillors. With a Custom Election Code, we hold elections every four years. This provides our Band with relative political stability, something of particular importance for long-range projects and planning initiatives. Chief and Council value guidance from the Band’s Elders, as well as direction from membership.
Along with four other Bands (Upper Nicola, Lower Nicola, Nooaitch and Shackan Indian Bands), we were active and founding members of the Nicola Valley Tribal Council. In 1996, the name was changed to the Nicola Tribal Association (NTA) links to web page and became an Incorporated Society, the same year Cook’s Ferry and Siska links to web pages Indian Band joined the NTA. Through this affiliation, we are able to access support with fisheries management and related services.
We are also involved in the identification, protection and stewardship of indigenous cultural heritage and natural resources through our shared ownership of Esh-kn-am Cultural Resource Management Services links to web pages. Esh-kn-am Cultural Resource Management Services is the land and cultural resources management department of Esh-kn-am Joint Ventures, an organization owned by Coldwater, Cook’s Ferry and Siska Indian Bands.
T. Lee Spahan
W. Gerome Garcia
The day-to-day administration and delivery of programs and services is carried out by a number of departments, and is headed up by a Band Administrator, who reports to the Chief and Council. The Band Administrator oversees the following functions and departments:
- Lands, Wills & Estates
- Economic Development
- Administrative Services
- Cultural Services
- Public Works
- Social Development
- Membership Services
- Fire Department
- Transfer Station
The following chart (Coldwater Government Chart) illustrates the organizational structure of Coldwater’s government and administration.
In order to run the community in an efficient manner and to deliver the programs and services to its members, the Chief and Council hire a Band Administrator who oversees the administration of services, programs and staff. Support staff are hired to coordinate the various community programs and services. Coldwater Band employs these staff on a full-time and part-time basis to carry out the services provided to the membership. List below are programs being offered along with the associated staff. In addition to the staff working out of the Band office, a number of positions are held within the school, Coldwater Band Transition house and other locations.
Laura Antoine - Administrator/Deputy Fire Chief
Ron Aljam - Public Works/Fire Chief
Shawn Bob - Social Services
Val Collins - Social Services Clerk
Barclay Smith - Finance Supervisor
Adam Kantakis - Lands Wills and Estates Administrator
Carianne Spahan, BBA, PCP
Julia Dick - Finance
Donald Kraus - Housing Coordinator
Jessie Aljam - Education Coordinator/ Indian Registry Administrator
Harold Aljam - Economic Development Coordinator
Dawn Porter - Executive Assistant
Cheryl Aljam - Administrative Assistant
Cathy Jameson - Adult In Home Care
Over the years we have undertaken numerous planning and policy development processes involving staff, leadership and the community.
Capital Plan (currently under development)
The Capital Plan will guide investment in our community over the next five years, focusing on projects related to infrastructure and facilities.