Taatsiikiipoyii Blood Tribe (Kainai)
Treaty 7 Grand Chief
Taatsiikiipoyii, Treaty 7 Grand Chief Charles Weasel Head Jr. was born on the Blood Indian Reserve in 1949. One of eight siblings, he has been a champion for the health and well-being of his Nation¹s Elders, Children and Families. A renowned athlete and passionate horseman, Chief Charles’ leadership abilities have transformed his work on the ground and in the political arena. Since the early 1980’s, Chief Weaselhead has been diligent in advancing many health and wellness initiatives as Director of the Napi Lodge and Poundmaker's Lodge treatment centres; as Director of the Blood Indian Hospital in the early 90’s; and as Chief Executive Officer for the Blood Tribe Department of Health - a post he held until his successful run as Head Chief of the Blood Tribe in 2004.
Chief Weaselhead was appointed Treaty 7 Grand Chief by his associate Chiefs and presides on numerous Boards and Committees such as the Aboriginal Healing Foundation Board of Directors; as Committee Chairman for the Blood Tribe¹s Community Violence Prevention; the national First Nations Information Governance Centre; the AFN’s Chiefs Committee on Health; and the Alberta Health Co-Management Committee. As Grand Chief, Weaselhead continues his work to protect and promote Children and Families, Health, Education, Economic Development and revenue sharing through advocacy and asserting our treaty and inherent rights. Chief Charles is signatory to the Alberta Protocol Agreement on Government-to-Government Relations (2008) and theMemorandum of Understanding on First Nations Education (2010).
As Chief of Canada’s largest Indian Reserve, Taatsiikiipoyii takes great pride in his Blackfoot language, culture and traditions; and remains committed to his vision for healthy children, families, and communities. His priorities include: building nation-to-nation relationships; long term socio-economic initiatives; implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; advancing respect and reconciliation of Treaty and Inherent rights; meaningful consultations and accommodation; and exploring new and innovative partnerships. Treaties unite our First Nations, and we're allied as tribes with the Crown to affirm and reflect on the mutual respect and understanding of our Treaties and to the nation to nation relationship we have with the Crown. With the guidance of our Elders and our collective input, support and direction, we can ensure deeper understanding and safeguard our languages, cultures and institutions.