Chief Aaron Sumexheltza
Chief of the Lower Nicola Indian Band
Chief Aaron Sumexheltza – meaning ‘living spirit’ – received his traditional name during his second term as Chief of the Lower Nicola Indian Band. Prior to being elected Chief in 2013, he also served as a Councillor between 2007 until 2010. During his tenure as Chief, he has been instrumental in coordinating the five Nicola Chiefs to work together on shared interests. It has been through these working partnerships among the five First Nations that has enabled the historic collaboration with the Province to jointly manage water resources. Chief Sumexheltza holds a B.A in environmental studies from California State University, Sacramento and graduated from UBC Law School with a Bachelor’s of Laws. He has been practicing law for over 11 years in BC.