Nha Shade Heni

Richard Sidney

Richard Sidney is the Nha Shade Heni (Chief) of the Teslin Tlingit Council. Born and raised in Teslin, Yukon, he is wolf and part of the Yanyèdí Clan and Citizen of Teslin Tlingit Council. The oldest son of a family of seven, Richard grew up with a sense responsibility and dedication. As a child, he was taught Tlingit, which he speaks fluently. He is proud of his heritage and has served his people since he was a young man.

Richard has worked for the Teslin Tlingit in many capacities and for many years. As a young man, he was part of the negotiating team for the Final and Self-government Agreements. He has represented the Teslin Tlingit on many boards and committees including being the Nha Shade Heni from 1984 to 1986 and then again from 1996 to 2000. In 2005, he became President of Tle Nax T’awei Group. He relinquished this position in July 2016 when he became, once again, Nha Shade Heni for the Teslin Tlingit Council.

Richard loves the outdoors and spends his free time at his cabin on Wolf Lake. He is the father of 3 grown children and the grandfather of two grandchildren.

Richard continues to strive for the betterment of his community, his Citizens and the Yukon.

Past Chiefs

Carl Sidney (2012-2016)

Peter Johnston (2008 - 2012) interim 2005/6

Eric Morris (2000 - 2008) on leave 2005/6

Richard Sidney (1996 - 2000)

Dave Keenan (1988 - 1996)

Robert Lee Jackson (1986 - 1988)

Richard Sidney (1984 - 1986)

Robert Lee Jackson (1984)

Sam Johnston (1970 - 1984)

Honorable mention to more past Chiefs including:

Frank Sidney

Joe Squam

William Johnston

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  1. Government of Yukon and Teslin Tlingit Council sign intergovernmental agreement Rick Scramstad 12-Jan-2018
  2. TTC files a petition against the Government of Canada Rick Scramstad 20-Dec-2017
  3. Teslin Biomass Project Rick Scramstad 12-Dec-2017

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