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Chief and Council

Chief Allan Adam  /  2003-Present

Allan Adam first became the Chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in October of 2007. Prior to being elected as Chief, Allan was elected as an ACFN councillor in 2003 where he held the housing portfolio. 

Chief Adam grew up in the community of Fort Chipewyan and is acutely aware of the environmental, economical and social challenges faced by ACFN.

Chief Adam is always willing to listen, lend a helping hand and volunteer for the community.

Chief Adam, along with the ACFN administration, welcomes input and feedback from ACFN members. If you would like to contact Chief Adam, please email him at or call the office at 780-697-3730.

Flossie Cyprean  /  Councillor  2019-Current

Flossie has called Fort Chipewyan home for most of her life.


Flossie worked in ACFN’s Finance department for 17 years, she worked for ATC for five years as a Socio-Economic Director, and prior to being elected to Council worked for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for 9.5 years as a Recreation/Events Coordinator.

Flossie has been an active Canadian Ranger with Fort Chipewyan Patrol for almost 30 years. She loves spending time outdoors and working in her garden.

If you would like to contact Councillor Cyprean please email her at or call the office at 780-697-3730.

Flossie Cyprean was elected to ACFN Council on October 30, 2019.

Tim Flett  /  Councillor  2019-Current

Councillor Tim Flett loves being on the land. He is an avid hunter and is very passionate about taking care of mother nature. In his spare time, he loves to take photographs and spending time with his wife, two daughters, two sons and grandchildren.


Councillor Flett began working for Syncrude Canada in 1983 as part of the fly in fly out program. He feels very fortunate that he was able to continue residing in Fort Chipewyan. He retired in August 2018 after working for Syncrude for 35 years.


After retirement, Councillor Flett felt it was time to serve for his nation. Tim Flett was elected to ACFN Council on October 30, 2019.

Councillor Flett holds the Elders, Treaty Lands and Resources, Economic Development, Justice and Environment Portfolios.

If you would like to contact Councillor Flett please email him at or call the office at 780-697-3730.

Cody Marcel /  Councillor 2021-Current

ACFN Councillor Cody Marcel is the great grandson of the last ACFN hereditary Chief Fred Marcel. Councillor Marcel devotes much of his personal time to his beautiful fiancé and two daughters. He also loves to spend time with his extended family and friends.


Councillor Marcel  has lived in Fort Chipewyan for almost his entire life, leaving only briefly and working at Suncor for MML as a heavy equipment operator. He loves the outdoors and is out on the land hunting and fishing all year round. In his spare time he also likes to host fishing derbies and baseball tournaments for the community to enjoy.


Councillor Marcel is passionate about building a sense of community, advocating for traditional ways, and creating opportunities for ACFN members.


You can connect with Councillor Marcel at or  by calling the office at 780-697-3730.

Teri Villebrun  /  Councillor 2015-2019; 2019-Current


Teri is an active member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and has called Fort Chipewyan home for most of her life. Teri strongly and passionately believes that by working as a team, the Nation can move mountains together.

Teri believes that being in leadership means that you are trusted to be a voice and provider of direction for ACFN.  Teri believes leadership must ensure that our people are being treated fairly and given the opportunities that our treaty offers such as education, health care and the ability and freedom to continue to hunt, fish and trap on our traditional territory as long as the sun shines, grass grows and the river flows.

Councillor Villebrun holds the Youth, Culture, Justice and Education Portfolios. 


If you would like to contact Councillor Villebrun please email her at or call the office at 780-697-3730.

Dene Laws

Share what you have

This is an umbrella law; under it sit all the other laws. It was of absolute importance that people share what they had long ago, just for survival. Share all the big game you kill. Share fish if you catch more than you need for yourself and there are others who don't have any.


Help others cut their wood and other heavy work. Help sick people who are in need; get them firewood if they need it. Visit them and give them food. When you lose someone in death, share your sorrows with the relatvies who are also affected by the loss. Help out widows as much as possible and take care of orphaned children.


Help each other

Treat each other as a brother or sister, as though you are related. Help each other and don't harm anyone.


Love each other as
much as possible
Sleep at night and work during the day

Don't run around and laugh loudly when it gets dark. Don't hurt anyone with your medicine power. Don't show your anger.


Share what you have;
be polite and don't
argue with anyone

Don't harm anyone with your voice or your actions. Don't hurt anyone with your medicine power.


Don't show your anger.


Don't run around when elders are eating. Sit down until they are finished.

Be respectful of elders and everything around you


Young boys & girls
should behave respectfully


Don't make fun of each other, especially in matters of sex. Don't make fun of older men and women.


Be polite to each other.


Pass on the teachings

Elders are to tell stories about the past every day. In this way, young people learn to distinguish between good and acceptable behaviour and when they are older, they will become the storytellers who will keep the circle of life going.


Be happy at all times

The creator has given you a great gift -Mother Earth. Take care of her and she will always give you food and shelter. Don't worry -just go about your work and make the best of everything. Don't judge people, find something good in every one.

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