UBCIC Remembers Nicomen Leader Donna Aljam


December 1, 2023

UBCIC Remembers Nicomen Leader Donna Aljam

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/ Vancouver, B.C. – December 1, 2023) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) joins the Nicomen Indian Band and Aljam family in mourning the passing of their matriarch and leader, Donna Aljam who will be remembered for her courage, advocacy and deep commitment to advancing Nicomen title and rights, and the title and rights of all First Nations.

Donna Aljam served as Nicomen Chief for three terms, where she tirelessly advocated to uphold Nicomen self-determination, governance, and title and rights for her community members. She was also an active member of the UBCIC Chiefs Council, sitting on many committees and advancing the collective work of the Chiefs to implement First Nations title and rights, leaving an enduring and long-lasting mark. She was pivotal in the passing of UBCIC Resolutions condemning gender-based discrimination in the Indian Act, supporting a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls, and advancing an Indigenous Early Learning and Childcare strategy among many more. 

Donna Aljam leaves behind a legacy of leadership, advocacy and compassion for her people that we will honour by continuing to advance her extensive work. In this difficult time, our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are extended to her family, community and the many lives she touched.


Media inquiries:

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, 250-490-5314

Chief Don Tom, Vice-President, 604-290-6083

Chief Marilyn Slett, Secretary-Treasurer, 250-957-7721


UBCIC is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

For more information, please visit www.ubcic.bc.ca


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