Chief and Council

Joe Pierre Jr.

Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre Jr. was elected to the position as the Chief for the ʔaq̓am Community in 2016. Nasuʔkin Joe previously served on ʔaq̓am Council as a councillor and brings with him that experience, as well as vast cultural knowledge and story telling. He is the "go to" person for sharing the ʔaq̓am version of the Ktunaxa Creation Story. Along with his wife Jen and son, Jude, Joe is a proud Ktunaxa member and a long time resident of Cranbrook. He is a family man who also dedicates his time to coaching basketball for the elementary school and has been working for School District 5 for many years.

Julie Birdstone

Julie Birdstone has been on the ʔaq̓am Council since 2016. She holds a seat on the ʔaq̓am Knowledge Holders and Language Speaker Committee and the ʔaq̓am Language Authority. Her day job is with the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family services since 1998 in several different capacities over the years.  In her down time she is involved in cultural activities including sharing her knowledge in sewing regalia or dancing if she isn’t at some powwow dancing.

Jason Andrew

Councillor Jason Andrew was elected as Councillor for ʔaq̓am in October 2018. Jason is a proud Ktunaxa member and has lived in the area his whole life. He has worked for the Ktunaxa Nation Council and the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino for over a decade. Jason was the chair of the ʔaq̓am Community Enterprise Board of Directors for three years, he is the Vice-chair of the ʔaq̓am Education Committee and he holds a seat on the BC ATEAM. He also holds a seat on the ʔaq̓am Lands Committee. In his personal time, Jason likes to hunt with his Dad and is continuing to learn the Ktunaxa language.  


Sancira Williams-Jimmy

Councillor Sancira Williams-Jimmy was elected to the position of Councillor for ʔaq̓am in October 2020.




Dallas Cardinal-Clement

Councillor Dallas Cardinal was elected to the position of Councillor for ʔaq̓am in October 2022.