Shuswap Band Chief and Council

Shuswap Band Chief and Council

Chief and Council meet every Wednesday each week. If you would like to meet with Chief and Council, call the Shuswap Band Office at (250) 341-3678 to make an appointment.

Chief Barbara Cote

Chief Barb Cote was born and raised in the Columbia Valley to Sabina and Joe Cote. She is the great granddaughter to the last hereditary chief of the Akisqnuk Band, Chief Louie Arbel and granddaughter to Adrian and Margaret Teneese.  She is the mother of two daughters who she is immensely proud of. Her oldest daughter Jenna is an elementary school teacher in the   valley and has given her two grandchildren, one grandson Kye, who is four years old and granddaughter, Kayli who is two in January.  Her younger daughter Angela, who is 27, is working on her PHD at Trent University in Peterborough Ontario.

Barb has completed a Masters Degree in Distributed Learning with Royal Roads University in 2006 and continued to work full time as an Aboriginal Education Support Worker which she started in 1975 until she was elected as a councillor in November of 2012. In November 2014 she was voted in again as Chief.

Barb lived on reserve in a 12X68 trailer with her parents, 3 siblings and 7 cousins. She shared a bedroom with 6 other girls in two double beds. She left home at the age of 16 where she became independent and has worked almost every job there is to do from cleaning toilets to campground attendants until the age of nineteen when she was hired by school district #6 as one of the first Aboriginal Support Workers in the Province.

She is very proud of all her accomplishments up to date and her hope is for all Shuswap Band Members to have opportunities that will give each person a sense of belonging and accomplishment and be proud to be Shuswap.


Councillor Mark Thomas

Born in Invermere, BC and is a Shuswap Band Member. Mark is the father of 3 and is married to a Ktunaxa member.

He currently sits on Council for the Shuswap Band and holds the portfolios for aquatics, fish, housing and forestry. Mark is educated and has worked in the natural resource management field for over 20 years.

A highlight of Mark’s interest is the advocation for salmon restoration in the Columbia River, which he has done through public engagement, agency education and at the request of those wanting more information. Salmon Restoration is key in Mark,s view to re-establish long lost cultural, spiritual, communal and economic losses suffered by the Columbia Basin peoples.


Councillor Tim Eugene

Born in Golden, British Columbia raised mainly in the Columbia Valley. Graduated in 1983 from David Thompson Secondary School. My mother and father are Xavier, and Marge Eugene. I am the fifth child of six children. I studied at North Idaho College in the field of Sociology.

I have worked for CertainTeed Gypsum for 25 years as a heavy equipment operator. I have requested a leave of absence from mining to serve the Shuswap Band community

I am very proud to have the opportunity to represent the Shuswap Band on a full time basis. I am now able to work with, Chief Barbara Cote, and Councillor Mark Thomas, on all issues that pertain to the Shuswap Band membership.