Crystal Smith has served the Haisla people for 13 years through her work with Haisla Nation Council, starting as Executive Assistant to Chief and Council from 2009 to 2013, then being elected Chief Councillor in 2017.
In November, 2019, Crystal was named Chair of the First Nations LNG Alliance, a group committed to encouraging First Nations development of the LNG industry to provide employment and other sustainable benefits for BC’s indigenous people.
Crystal advocates for Haisla Nation-owned joint venture and limited partnerships which allows for participation in major projects in Haisla territory. Using these opportunities provides Haisla membership to find rewarding work and educational opportunities to enhance their skills and improve the social conditions for all Haisla membership.
Ultimately, she wants the work done today by her and all of Haisla Nation Council to benefit today’s 1900 Haisla members but future generations as well.