Vice President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Gathering Place Leadership Panel
AME’s The Gathering Place
Chief Robert Chamberlin, Owadi, is a member of the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation and has been the elected Chief Councillor of Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis since 2005 and previously served as Chair of the Musgamagw-Tsawataineuk Tribal Council. Areas of focus include: KHFN comprehensive community planning; numerous KHFN capital development projects; overcoming impacts of open-net fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago; and lobby efforts provincially and federally to protect First Nations right to water and to safe drinking water.
Since 2008, Chief Chamberlin has served as the Vice-President of the UBCIC, actively engaged in the defense of Aboriginal Title and Rights. In this role, he advocates on issues of concern to First Nations, presenting to various standing senate committees, supporting First Nations’ direct action and has given keynote addresses and presentations. Chief Chamberlin has also been a member of various national working groups on issues covering: water, environment, aquaculture and fisheries, served as a Co-chair of the First Nation Child Family and Wellness Council, and continues work to address key issues facing all First Nations children and families in BC.
In addition, for most of his professional career, Chief Chamberlin has been a dedicated advocate for the safeguarding of wild salmon and habitat. With the assistance of the staff at the UBCIC, Chief Chamberlin established the First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance, an organization of Indigenous leaders in BC united in our resolve, determination and commitment to ensure the protection and conservation of wild salmon.