Councillor Ronnie Jules is assigned to the Infrastructure/Emergency Services Pillar. Responsibilities include, but not limited to: provide advocacy, leadership on political issues related to the areas of housing, capital assets and emergency services. Role in planning and implementing the political agenda to address jurisdiction and/or rights of ALIB. Councillor (Tk’wemi’ple7) Ronnie Jules served as an elected Chief and/or as Councillor for ALIB for over 30 years. Then was re- elected in by-election for the remainder of the 2015 to 2018 term.
I was born in Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops quite a while ago. Before I went to school, I spent much time between my two grannies. But I spent most of my time with my dad’s mom “Eliza Soulle”, down by the old house at the river on the Jules ranch homestead. I started school at age seven at the Kamloops Indian Residential School to the age of nine. I then went to Adams Lake Band Day School for grade 4-8, and back to Kamloops Indian Residential School and would later go to Chase Secondary for most of my high school.
I worked mainly in ranching and sawmills in the Chase area. In 1969 I was in a bad vehicle accident that kept me off hard work for four years. I began working for our band in 1976, after Indian Affairs office was forced to close in Kamloops in 1975. I was elected to our Band Council in 1979. I have been with the band in all these years except for six years (2006-2012).
During my six years away I was employed with the Neskonlith and Adams Lake Joint Irrigation Project, helped build Talking Rock Golf Course in 2007, and later I worked with Brentwood in Revelstoke, BC laying pipe, worked at Skwlax Daycare, Sandy Point Resort and later at Talking Rock Golf Course.
Over the years I have achieved short courses and diplomas from:
- Cariboo College
- University of British Columbia
- Banff School
- University of Victoria
I played and did a lot of sports when I was younger as that was my passion, I continue to maintain a bit of wellness activity, such as walking and bowling.
I was elected to be the Elder Representative for the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and recently appointed to the Board for the BC Elders Society, as we just finished the 40th Annual Elders Gathering in Williams Lake, July 11-14, 2016.
Throughout the years I have seen our Band move forward, with the new building structures, such as the Health Center, Chief Atahm, Gymnasium and Spiritual Center.
Kukst’ec-kuc Tqel Kukpi7 Te skectec kuc Te tmicws kuc.
(We thank you Creator for giving us this beautiful earth)
Councillor Ronnie Jules
Appointments to Boards and Committees
- Housing Committee
- Union British Columba Indian Chiefs, Elder Representative
- Secwepemc Cultural Education Society
- BC Elders Society