Governance Structure

President and Vice-President

The elected President and Vice-President act as spokespersons and advocates on socio-political and other issues that affect Nuu-chah-nulth Nations.

Terms of Reference for NTC President and Vice President

Ken Watts & Deb Foxcroft

Debra Foxcroft
250.724.5757 ext. 231

Debra Foxcroft­ has made significant contributions and continues to direct her energies as a committed, responsible and strong leader with over 30 years experience working with, and advocating for, the health and wellbeing of First Nations peoples. A member of the Tseshaht First Nation and a recipient of the Order of British Columbia, Debra Foxcroft­ is the daughter of Jeanette Gallic and the late James Gallic, and granddaughter of the late Jessie Gallic (nee, Campbell) and Jeff (Jimmy) Gallic. She is also a sister, auntie, mother and grandmother; a proud and strong Tseshaht women.

With her many years of experience in advocacy on a community, regional, national and international basis, Debra Foxcroft­ brings to the table a solution oriented, values based and collaborative way of working that honors her deep Nuu-chah-nulth family roots.

Over the past ten years, Foxcroft has been involved in educating ministry staff in First Nations culture, as well as using her experience and expertise to build relationships at the community level.

Foxcroft graduated from Alberni District Secondary School in 1973, and went right to work for Tseshaht First Nation on a job placement, as secretary/ receptionist. Over the next nine years, Foxcroft worked mainly at the old Cultural Centre, starting as a secretary/bookkeeper and, three years later, becoming a social development worker.

In the early 1980s, she became social development coordinator for the 14 nations of the NTC, and stayed there for 17 years. It was during that period that Foxcroft took part in the creation of Usma, and served as director of the new agency, which was the first delegated First Nations child and family services agency in B.C.

Along the way, she chaired the First Nations Summit Child Welfare Committee for nine years, as well as helped develop a set of culturally appropriate standards for service delivery agencies that is used nationwide.

Since elected as President of NTC, Foxcroft has advocated on issues such as Social Development, Child and Family Services and Health.

Ken Watts
250.724.5757 ext. 232

Ken Watts has served as NTC Vice-President for the last 4 year. His late father George Watts was co-founder of the tribal council and an influential member of Tseshaht Nation and Nuu-chah-nulth treaty negotiations over many years. Ken had sat at the NTC table with his father since he was the age of two.

Previously, the operations manager of the Tseshaht First Nation, Watts has advocated on issues on behalf of the Council such as Treaty, Education, Fisheries and Forestry – to name a few.

Watts attainted a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies in 2007 from Malaspina University-College, now Vancouver Island University. After that he worked for the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres in Victoria as the Youth Conference Coordinator.

During his time at the BCAAFC, he was elected BC Male Youth Representative for the BC Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council, where he worked with National Chief Shawn Atleo. He was also elected by his peers as the Co-Chair of the AFN National Youth Council.

Watts’ traditional name is Wahmeesh and he is from the Tseshaht First Nation. His parents are late George Watts and Matilda Atleo. He and his wife Priscilla Sabbas-Watts have three children.

When the family moved home to Port Alberni where Ken was hired to work for West Coast Aquatic as the Na-a-qu-us supervisor. In this role he visited the 14 Nuu-chah-nulth nations and assisted in the hiring of Marine Planners and Fisheries Managers/Technicians in the communities.

Executive Director

The Executive Director serves as the head of the NTC services and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Florence Wylie, Executive Director
Florence Wylie, Executive Director

Florence Wylie, DPSM, CAAG, ACLCR, CEC
Executive Director
250.724.5757 ext. 245

Florence Wylie has served as the Executive Director of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal council since April 2000.  Prior to this period, she was the Senior Manager of Community and Human Services since July 1998, combined with 30+ years working in the federal, provincial and non-profit sector which involved travel to all parts of BC and across Canada primarily advocating on behalf of First Nations people and community issues.  She is a member of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, and grew up with extended family in Tseshaht First Nation.

The Executive Director has the responsibility to oversee the administrative operations of the organization in accordance with approved contracts, policies and procedures. The Executive Director is equally responsible to take appropriate action if there is any variance or breach of these guidelines following the prescribed policy or appropriate authority.

The position reports to the NTC Board of Directors comprised of the Chief or their designated alternate, of each of the 14 Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.

Section 11.7 of the NTC Constitution & Bylaws outlines the role of the Executive Director.

NTC Programs

The NTC administrative programs include: Nuu-chah-nulth Employment & Training, Human Resources, Administration, Hashilthsa, Capital, Finance, Uu-a-thuk, Community & Human Services, Social Development & Health Benefits, Education, Usma Family & Child Services, Nursing, Membership and Teechuktl (Mental Health).

Executive Committee

The NTC Executive Committee is comprised of the President, Vice President and Executive Director and each share equal voting privileges.  The committee typically meet on a monthly basis, the 3rd week of the month or more often as needed. 

Finance Committee

The NTC Finance Committee is comprised of the Director of Finance, President, Vice President, Executive Director.  The Finance committee typically meets at minimum twice a year, generally in the spring before the annual budget meeting and in July to review the draft audit and as needed throughout the year.

Human Resource Committee

In accordance with the NTC Constitution & Bylaws, the Human Resources Committee is mandated to be comprised of 4 members, 3 regular members and 1 alternate who shall replace any of the regular members who are unable to attend a committee meeting.  Three of the four Directors shall be appointed from NCN FN’s which are from the ARFA Group.  The E.D. is also a member with voting rights, and the Human Resource Manager is a non-voting and professional resource to the committee. The HRC generally meets on a monthly basis, more often if needed.  The HRC members include:

1.  Chief Charlie Cootes, Chairperson

Uchucklesaht (Non-ARFA)

2.  Chief Rose Ann Michael, Member

Ehattesaht (ARFA)

3.  Archie Little (Alternate), Member

Nuchatlaht (ARFA)

4.  Alternate Member

Vacant (ARFA)

Board of Directors

The NTC Board of Directors is composed of a representative from each of the 14 member Nations. Guided by the NTC Constiution and Bylaws, the Board determines the overall direction of the Society and makes decisions related to its ongoing operations. The Board meets monthly. Decisions are based on majority vote.

First Nation




Chief Councillor Greg Louie

M. Luke Swan


Chief Councillor Robert Joseph

Kelly Sport 


Chief Councillor Rose-Ann Michael



Chief Councillor Richard Lucas

Ruth Charleson


Chief Councillor Steven Tatoosh

Jolleen Dick


Chief Robert Dennis Sr

Connie Waddell


Chief Councillor Peter Hansen

Francis Gillette


Tyee Ha’wilth Mike Maquinna



Archie Little (Alternate)

Walter Michael


Chief Councillor Elmer Frank

Barney Williams Jr.


Tyee Ha’wilth Anne Mack

Naomi Mack


Chief Councillor Cynthia Dick



Chief Councillor Charlie Cootes Sr.

Legislative Councillor Wilfred Cootes Jr. 


President Les Doiron

Alan McCarthy