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.

As Nasuʔkin of ʔaq̓am, Joe also holds the portfolio of Economic Sector at the Ktunaxa Nation level.  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 the Traditional Knowledge and Language portfolio, which includes the Knowledge Holders and Language Speaker 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 newly elected as Councillor for ʔaq̓am in October 2018. Jason is a proud Ktunaxa member and has lived in the area his whole life. He purchased his own home in Cranbrook in 2016. He has worked for the Ktunaxa Nation Council and the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino for over a decade. Jason holds the Lands & Resources portfolio. 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. Within his Lands portfolio he will also be taking on a seat on the 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. Sancira holds the Education Sector portfolio at the Ktunaxa Nation level.




Dallas Cardinal-Clement

Councillor Dallas Cardinal was elected to the position of Councillor for ʔaq̓am in October 2022. Dallas holds the Social Sector portfolio for ʔaq̓am.