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Grand Chief (Chef) Willie Charlie

Grand Chief (Chef)

William Charlie "Chaquawet" Chief Executive Officer and Chief Negotiator for Sts'ailes.


Willie married to Anna Charlie (nee Leon), together they have three sons and three grandsons.

Growing up in the close-knit community of Sts'ailes, Willie learned the cultural teachings of his people and utilizes these teachings to be a voice for the people, both Politically and In Ceremony.

Willie is one of the leaders for the Sasquatch Dance Group, his grandsons nieces and nephews who share the traditional songs and dances of Sts’ailes.


Political Experience

  • Chief for 6 years

  • on Council for 12 years 

  • UBCIC (Union of BC Indian Chiefs) Vice Pesident

  • Work Experience 

  • over 23 year Willie has held various jobs with Sts'ailes, Recreation Director, Youth Advocate, Cultural Worker, Teacher, Chief Negotiator, and CEO

  • Owner Operator Sasquatch Tours

  • Owner Sasqets Construction 

  • Guard with Correctional Services Canada

  • Cultural worker for Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Families

  • Instructor of First Nation Studies with University of the Fraser Valley

  • Teacher at Sts'ailes School


Experience with Boards and Committees

  • First Nations Health Council (FNHC) - Active

  • Aboriginal Health Steering Committee - Active 

  • Fraser Health Authority Board Member - Active

  • Aboriginal Advisory Committee for RCMP - Past

  • Cultural Committee with UFV (University of the Fraser Valley) - Past

  • BC Hydro Intergrated Resource Planning - Past

  • Vice Pesident of the Union of BC Indian Chief - Past

  • First Nations Leadership Council - Past

  • First Nations Wellness Council - Past

  • Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Families Board member - Past



  • Traditional War Canoes racing

  • Outrigger Canoe racing

  • player/coach/manger for Chehalis Chiefs Soccer Club for 35 years

  • traveled extensively for soccer, Hawaii, England, Sweden, Denmark, Australia

Willie's highlight was playing for Team Canada at the 1990 World Indoor Futsol Championship in Australia

Grand Chief (Chef) Willie Charlie
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