Holding the Community Services portfolio, Háma7
Alphonse Wallace points to the department’s successful family reunification events as the department’s most impressive achievement.
“We had kids from out of province come to Líl̓wat who had never been on a reserve before. They didn’t know their families or their culture,” says Háma7. He believes these gatherings are not only essential to developing a sense of identity amongst Lil̓wat7úl children in care but are also a safety precaution.
“It helps us to monitor where the kids are at and how they’re doing. It lets the foster parents know that we do care and we are going to follow the kids̓ through their lives. It shows we have a link to our kids.
Another important accomplishment he cites for 2015/16 was leadership adopting and starting to implement the new eight-year strategic plan.
“Our council, chiefs and new CAO are looking at dealing with issues that haven’t been dealt with for a while,” says Háma7.
On a personal level, he’s proud of the increased opportunities for the Nation’s youth to complete in sports outside the community that community members have created.
“It’s also nice to see that the Líl̓wat Nation is creating work experience for youth that helps financially and gives lifelong work skills that are so important,” says Háma7.
Háma7 is in his fifth term on council.