Director of the BC First Nations Justice Council
BCFNJC Lead on Policing, and Corrections
Appointed by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Boyd Peters, Director, Sts’ailes’ Rights and Title Department
Boyd (“Xoyet thet”) was born and raised in Sts’ailes and has been elected to Council for more than 20 years. He is responsible for looking after Sts’ailes’ Xa’xa Temexw—an expression that conveys the spiritual, physical, and cultural connections that the Sts’ailes people have with the land, water, and resources in their territory.
After Boyd carried out the 1998 community consultation for the Elbow Lake Aboriginal-focused facility in partnership with Correctional Service Canada (CSC), he was hired as the Transition Coordinator, became Executive Assistant to the Chief in 2002 and is now the AR&T Director. Boyd has also been an active member of the Kwìkwèxwelhp Citizens Advisory Committee and was appointed Chairperson in 2006.
Boyd is quoted in the document “Kwìkwèxwelhp and Sts’ailes, A Historical Journey in Healing Aboriginal Offenders” that “A common understanding of our people is that our strength is derived from our culture and spirituality. We are a prosperous First Nation that has developed many innovative made-in-Sts’ailes programs and services and are glad to provide these culturally appropriate services for the Kwikw’te’alex (Elbow Lake Brothers). We recognize that our brothers are vastly over-represented in the prison system and believe that our people have the capacity to help offenders in their healing path. We are open to sharing our cultural and traditional forms of healing for the reintegration of offenders into their home communities. The safety and well-being of all our communities benefit. It is a mutually beneficial relationship that has gained national and international recognition.”