The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council promotes respect for W̱SÁNEĆ culture, traditional practices, and language.
The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council’s guiding principles come from W̱SÁNEĆ ancient natural laws and beliefs passed down by our ancestors from the time of immemorial. These laws tell us that our inherent rights to the lands and waters are a responsibility bestowed upon the W̱SÁNEĆ people by XÁLS (Creator).
The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council’s mandate is to promote the interests of the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations. As an organization focused on self-determination, the WLC works to enhance recognition of, and respect for, W̱SÁNEĆ Douglas Treaty rights and W̱SÁNEĆ Aboriginal rights and title. The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council promotes respect for W̱SÁNEĆ culture, traditional practices, and language, including the original W̱SÁNEĆ management of the environment as it was meant to be. The WLC seeks to promote sustainable and equitable development of resources within W̱SÁNEĆ Territory.
The WLC uphold the principles and standards articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The WLC affirms W̱SÁNEĆ rights to own, use, develop and control our lands, waters and resources, according to W̱SÁNEĆ natural laws, and the requirement of the state to give legal recognition and protection to these rights.
The WLC will endeavor to exercise respectful and transparent communications.