Chief Mark Point is a member of the Skowkale First Nation in Chilliwack, one of 11 communities of the Stó:lō Nation in the Upper Fraser Valley of BC. As a career educator and Indigenous leader, Chief Point is voiced in First Nations education, finance, governance, housing and infrastructure and is an advocate for the transformation of Indigenous homeownership through education and empowerment.
Chief Point holds a Bachelor of Education degree in teaching from the University of British Columbia, a Master’s in Education Leadership from the University of British Columbia and is nearing completion of a Doctorate in Education the University of British Columbia. He has a background in public service, working with the federal government and serving the Stó:lō people. Chief Point has served on Council as Chief since 2017 and has served numerous terms as a council member and as Chief.
Married to Brenda (who is also an educator), Chief Point has resided in their home community his entire life except for the years pursuing his post-secondary education. He considers himself a cultured person and has many years’ experience as a carver of Stó:lō canoes.
Serving on many boards and committees, Chief Point draws from his life and professional experiences to contribute an informed and valuable perspective. Chief Point currently serves as Chairperson for the Indigenization committee for the University of the Fraser Valley, also sits on the National Chiefs Claims committee for the Assembly of First Nations and has been a member of the Cultus Lake Water sports committee hosting Coast Salish traditional Canoe racers and finally, a member of the Dan Milo Longhouse Committee in Stó:lō territory that provide a home for traditional Stó:lō culture.