Fred Sam is from Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation which is situated adjacent to the District of Fort St. James. Fred is proud to belong to the Beaver Clan and he strongly respects their traditional governance. Fred currently serves on the Nak’azdli Whut’en Council until 2021.
Fred is married with four children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. He has been the Chief of Nak’azdli Whut’en for nine years from 2007 until 2016. While he was the Chief Fred was part of the negotiating team to resolve an Impact Benefit Agreement with Thompson Creek Metals who owned the Mt. Milligan Mine at that time. At the same time their negotiating team were also in discussion with the Province of BC to come up with an agreement called the Economic Community Development Agreement (ECDA). These agreements are still in place and are a great benefit to their community.
Fred has been the President of the Carrier Linguistic Society for a number of years; he truly enjoys being on this society as he deeply cares about their language and would like to be part of the solution in retaining it for years to come. Fred enjoys volunteering at the local elementary school because he wants the best for the community’s students and it ties in with their language and culture.
Fred looks forward to using his skills and experience to help people and communities move forward.