Chief, Teetl’it Gwich’in Band Council
Chief Wanda Pascal was born and raised in Teetl’it Zheh. She is married to Douglas Pascal and together they have four children and ten grandchildren.
Chief Pascal worked for Legal Services for 16 years, and in 1991 she was elected onto the Band Council where she served three years as a Councillor. During her first term as a Councillor, they established the Justice Committee. On July 4, 2016, history was made as Chief Wanda was elected the first woman Chief of our community, Teetl’it Zheh. Chief Wanda was then re-elected as Chief on June 24, 2019.
Chief Wanda was mostly brought upon the land by her grandparents, the late Annie and John Vaneltsi. During that time, she gained tremendous traditional knowledge and she is passing it onto our youth and others in and outside of the community. She loves sewing, cooking, and spending time out on the land with her family. She sat on various committees and is presently appointed to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Women’s Council which represents women across Canada. She also sits on the AFN’s Border Crossing Committee.
At this time Chief Wanda wants to say, “Haii cho for all of your support.”