Roxanne Lindley, FIRST WOMAN CHIEF of Westbank First Nation
June 21, 2017
WHAT WAS YOUR FAMILY'S REACTION WHEN YOU WERE ELECTED?
My husband and I live in Cherryville and he was instrumental in pushing for me to be elected. When I was elected, suddenly, I'm gone Monday to Friday. We were together 30 years, now we have a weekend romance and get to date again. It was a big change for my kids, too.
There was some excitement and some apprehension. I think they were looking at where I was prior to being elected. I was retired, travelling and living my own life. There is a lot of support out there.
BEING THE FIRST WOMAN CHIEF, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR WOMEN?
I believe that with the women in our community, they've seen that anything is possible. If you have it in you to dream, you have it in you to succeed. I've interacted with some of the professional business women from Westbank and there was a lot of emotion. I was quite surprised about the reaction of non-native women coming up to me, hugging, crying and saying that I made such a difference. My little granddaughter, she writes about me in school and how I'm in an inspiration to her.
WHAT MADE YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH POLITICS?
My love of politics started when I was really young. My dad was the first elected chief of Westbank First Nations in the early 1960s.