November 8, 2023 – NCCABC is deeply saddened by the passing of the revered and highly respected First Nations leader Mel Bevan (Sm’ooygeet Satsan).
Mel wore many hats in his 82 years. Always a strong supporter of the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of B.C. Mel served as a board member for the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC. representing the Terrace/Prince Rupert Region for many years.
He was a band councillor, chief councillor, band manager, chief executive officer, treaty negotiator, consultant, and author. He was also a hereditary chief, a day school survivor, a fluent Sm’algyax speaker, a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
As leader of the Kitselas First Nation in the Terrace region, he was chief negotiator on their behalf for three decades of treaty negotiations with the provincial and federal governments.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia, we extend our sincere and deepest condolences to his immediate and extended family and by extension his Nation.