Joe Alphonse

Tribal chair
Tŝilhqot’in National Government

Chief Joe Alphonse, OBC, has been tribal chair of the Tsilhqot’in National Government since 2010 and elected chief of the Tl’etinqox-t’in Government since 2009. He remains the longest elected Chief in the history of Tl’etinqox-t’in. Chief Alphonse played an instrumental role in the Tsilhqot’in Nation vs. British Columbia Aboriginal Title case.

WHAT’S NEW: Appointed to the Order of British Columbia in August 2021 for a commitment to the recognition of rights and title, and the improvement of the wellbeing of the Tŝilhqot’in people.
HOMETOWN: Tl’etinqox, Tŝilhqot’in Territory.
WHAT ELSE: Some of my favourite moments are horseback riding on the land.”