The Year Ahead: Tribes staying the course

Fresh off his re-election, Cowichan Tribes Chief William C. (Chip) Seymour's priorities haven't changed much going into the New Year.

Cowichan Tribes Chief William (Chip) Seymour.

Cowichan Tribes Chief William (Chip) Seymour.

Fresh off his re-election, Cowichan Tribes Chief William C. (Chip) Seymour’s priorities haven’t changed much going into the New Year. They’ll be similar to those he set when first elected as the band’s leader back in 2013.

“I have been working on a lot of projects so those projects I’m hoping to get done within the next two years,” he said shortly after the election.

Housing, infrastructure, education issues and looking at ways to help the band’s youth are all priorities.

“Everything I’ve started I’m still working on and I’ll continue working in that direction. Hopefully we’re going to come up with some good answers and get some of these housing issues dealt with but we’re working hard on it.”

Housing in particular is predicted to be a big issue in 2016.

“We’re still looking at apartments and how we can make that work, we’re looking at other areas where we can assist our band members in getting their own mortgages,” he said.

Seymour is hopeful band members will take the opportunity to speak with him personally if they need to.

“I’ve always said I’ve got an open door policy and that’s going to continue,” Seymour said. “I’ll be here for anybody that needs any help.”

Cowichan Valley Citizen