Governance & Leadership

Chief & Council

Chief Russ Chipps 

Council Bernice Millette

Council Traci-Lynn Pateman


4901-B East Sooke Rd.
Sooke, British Columbia, V9Z 1B6

Telephone: 250-478-3535
Fax: 250-478-3585


The Beecher Bay First Nation Leadership consists of elected members of the community (one Chief and two Council) that make up the Chief and Council.

Elections previously were held bi-annually, with the most recent change in October 2019 that the 4-year term came into effect.

Vision Statement

Beecher Bay (SC'IANEW) First Nation is a community whose leadership builds on the foundation of past leaders to encourage community teamwork, unity, fairness, and equality. Through trusted leadership, guided by elders, the relationships between family and community are strengthened by Scianew Chief and Council collective decisions that benefit all members.

SC'IANEW is a community whose Chief and Council strengthens and creates healthier and happier lifestyles by promoting healthy community services; and providing for economic opportunities through residential and commercial development while protecting the lands, resources, language, and cultural knowledge of the people.

Through education of changing society and its relationship to past and present traditional values, the pathway for community pride are the stepping stones of sustainable employment, increased education, holistic health, respectful and open communication upon which present and future generations will build a harmonious community working together as one.