“It is our responsibility to change what we have the power and courage to change in this life.”
Grand Chief Stewart Philip is currently serving his fifth three-year term as President of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs. Prior to this, he was Chief of the Penticton Indian Band for 14 years and councillor for 10 years before becoming Chief. During his Presidency at the UBCIC, membership has tripled. He was instrumental in the formation of the Tsawwassen Accord to bring together BC First Nations leadership in working together. He is the founder of the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program British Columbia in partnership with the provincial government. As a role model himself, Grand Chief Philip has been involved with his community his entire life and openly shares his stories and struggles to help others. He was acknowledged by the Okanagan Nation for his lifetime commitment to the defense of Indigenous Peoples’ Title and Rights by bestowing on him and his family the rare honour of the title of Grand Chief.