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Crystal Verhaeghe, Lead Negotiator & Special Advisor to the Chiefs


Crystal, a member of the Alexandria Band (?Esdilagh), has worked with the Tsilhqot'in National Government since November 2006.

In 2006, Crystal graduated from the University of Northern BC with a Masters of Business Administration. Prior to her Masters Crystal received a degree in Small Business and Entrepreneurial Studies from Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta. Crystal began her employment with the Tsilhqot'in National Government as the Economic Development Coordinator. In 2008 she obtained the position of Executive Director. In January 2016, Crystal became the Lead Negotiator and Special Advisor to the Tsilhqot'in Chiefs.

Crystal Verhaeghe

Sharmon Alphonse, Executive Assistant

Sharmon is a Tl’etinqox (Anaham) member, growing up there as well as Williams Lake, BC.  Her grandparents are Raphael Alphonse and late Susan (Susie) Alphonse.

After graduating high school, Sharmon obtained a Business Office Assistant Certificate from Thompson Rivers University. Sharmon has been with the Tŝilhqot’in National Government since 2007, working with the Stewardship Department and currently acts as the Executive Assistant. She has also worked with the Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society. Sharmon is also Secretariat to the Land & Economic Aboriginal Development (LEAD) Committee.

Sharmon Alphonse

Norma Cahoose, Receptionist

Norma is a member of Ulkatcho Indian Band/Anahim Lake BC but resides in Williams Lake BC, and started work with Tsilhqot'in National Government in October 2012.

Norma really enjoys interacting and meeting new people and has enjoyed the opportunity of working with all the six Tsilhqot'in communities and attending events that are hosted through TNG.

Norma Cahoose

Betty Derksen, Finance Administrator

Betty belongs to the Ashcroft Indian Band. Her grandmother was Molly Scotty and her great grandfather was Chief Scotty. Betty's parents Howard and Vi Lowry moved from Ashcroft when she was an infant and settled in the Horsefly area.

Betty moved from Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society to the Tsilhqot'in National Government staff in July 2012 and is enjoying the experience. She has worked in the private sector for 30 plus years, most recently as Office Manager at WL Forestry Supplies.

Betty has been happily married for 39 years, been blessed with two grown children and two beautiful grandson.


Myanna Desaulniers, Strategic Initiatives & Communication Manager

Myanna received a degree in Geography from the University of Victoria in 2008 and a Masters of Communication from Simon Fraser University in 2012. Her education, work and volunteer experience has had a strong focus on social justice and human rights issues. She was raised in the Chilcotin, spending most weekends as a child on the land with her parents. Returning to the Chilcotin after gaining her education, Myanna has worked with the Tsilhqot'in National Government since January 2014.

For media requests please email Myanna at or phone 250.392.3918 ext. 124

Norma Cahoose


The Tsilhqot'in National Government administration department is responsible for the overall day-to-day management of the organization. The administration department bridges the governance and the services that are provided for the membership.


The Finance Department is accountable for maintaining accurate financial, administrative and personnel records on behalf of the Tsilhqot'in National Government.

These responsibilities include: Recording financial transactions; Managing accounts payable and receivable; Providing monthly profit and loss statements; Managing Payroll; Assisting with preparation of budgets; Preparing for year-end audit; and Reporting monthly at Chiefs' meetings

  Indian Registry

The Indian Registry Department is responsible for:

Issuing Status Cards for members of Tsilhqot'in communities and other Nations;
Registering the birth of a child; and
Band transfers
You should visit TNG if your status card:
Is paper laminated;
Is expired; or
Has a picture that no longer resembles you.

Information on the new Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) card: "Delay in Rollout for SCIS Card!"

You can download forms for registry at the INAC Revenues, Registry and Band Governance Website.

Robert Poole, Indian Registration & Band Lists (IRBL) Manager and Chris McDonell, the Executive Director of the Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) Task Force, confirmed that the regional offices would not be given the ability to process SCIS applications.

There was no mention of when the IRAs would become involved. In the interim, there will be a number of mobile SCIS Application centers held across Canada. Regarding the McIvor Case Decision, INAC doesn't know yet who will be affected. They are waiting for the Indian Act to be amended. No changes yet, if applicants apply now they will be denied.

AANDC will send out an update & new applications at that time.

*Reminder* the first time you apply for a SCIS you will need to produce your original Birth Certificate & two valid original ID's (one must have a picture), marriage certificates, and two passport photos. No temporary, altered or photocopied documents will be accepted.

If you have any questions about status cards please contact Daana Gilpin at

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