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Councillor Norma Manuel

The Band Council of the Adams Lake Indian Band are the elected officials of the Band as per our custom Adams Lake Secwepemc Election Rules.

Norma Manuel

Norma Manuel


Councillor Norma Manuel is assigned to the Community Services Pillar.  Responsibilities include, but not limited to: provide advocacy, leadership on political issues related to the areas health, education, Chief Atahm School, Daycare and Head Start. Role in planning and implementing the political agenda to address jurisdiction and/or rights of ALIB.Councillor (Tk’wemi’ple7) Norma Manuel served as Councillor for ALIB many years ago and was elected again for the 2015 to 2018 term.



My name is Norma Manuel, daughter of J.B. Manuel and Susan Allan.  My slé7e and kyé7e are Tommy and Helene Harris.  My father was Chief of Neskonlith Indian Band for many years.  He spoke four languages and was an interpreter in courts at the age of 12 years.  I have been exposed to politics most of my life through my family.  I have four adult children, 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.


  • Marriage & Family Therapy, Master’s Degree
  • General Studies Degree based on Education

Studies in

  • Effective Governing
  • Wraparound
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Trauma: Informed Practice


The reason I want to be a Band Councillor is based on my belief and value of a supportive healer.  Coming from a healing perspective I feel it is important to work towards a vision of a healthy community.  This perspective will guide me to make sound decisions on behalf of our community.  I am an effective team player who can share my vast knowledge acquired throughout my years of work experience and personal growth.  I have the ability to communicate with all individuals within and outside our community, listening to their concerns.  I believe a wellness perspective and approach is key to the success of all our endeavours.

I have 3 goals I want to address:

  1. Facilitate trauma healing in our community.
  2. Facilitate a process of care that assures children, elders, and individuals needs of health, and education are met, and ensure they are not living in poverty.
  3. To communicate information of band concerns in a timely, consistent manner.

These characteristics demonstrate my capabilities, as a Secwepemc woman, to represent our community with knowledge, respect and integrity.

I say Kukstsemc to the Community, my Family and my Friends for their support during the past year.

Appointments to Boards and Committees

ALIB Committees:

  • Education Committee

External Appointments:

  • Secwepemc Child & Family Services, Board Member
  • Round Lake Treatment Centre Board, President
  • First Nations Education Steering Committee
  • First Nation School Association

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