Willie Sellars

Willie Sellars was born and raised in Williams Lake, BC, and is a Member of the Williams Lake Indian Band (“WLIB” or “T’exelc”) of the Secwepemc Nation. Elected onto WLIB Council at the age of 23 in 2008, Willie was one or the youngest elected Councillors in WLIB history. He served three terms as a Councillor before being elected as the Chief of the WLIB in 2018. Mr. Sellars also worked for a number of years as a Wildland Firefighter for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations before returning to his community to assume the position of Special Projects Coordinator in the WLIB Economic Development Department. During this time he was responsible for new business initiatives flowing from Impact Benefit Agreements, engagement with proponents in the traditional territory and community consultation for major WLIB projects such as the First Nations Land Management Initiative and the Coyote Rock Infrastructure Project. In his community, Mr. Sellars currently serves as the starting goaltender of the Senior AA Williams Lake Stampeders of the Central Interior Hockey League (CIHL). In 2009, Willie won a Coy Cup while playing for the Williams Lake Stampeders. Mr. Sellars published his first children’s book, “Dipnetting with Dad,” in the Spring of 2014. The book describes a personal account of a young Secwepemc boy and his fishing adventures with Dad and Grandpa, he’s following this up with another title, “Hockey with Dad,” that will be released December 2018.