Chief John Allen French carries the responsibilities of the hereditary name Goo’La’Hun and was recently re-elected for another 4 year term as Chief of Takla Nation. John’s history is steeped in Takla Nation’s traditional practices. He grew up living off the land in his Traditional Territory under the tutelage of his grandparents, who was the epitome of Takla culture and tradition. To this day he still practices the teachings of his culture, passing on the knowledge to the next generation.
Before his political career began John was a successful businessman in the BC forestry industry, with multiple employees and contracts. He aimed to employ people from his own Territory and used practices that had the least impact on the land. During his previous incumbency as Chief, Deputy Chief, Councillor and in his current position, Chief French uses his business background and his traditional knowledge to advance the people of Takla Nation in negotiations with Government and industry.
John and his wife Tamatha have been married for 25 years and have 4 children. Daughters Tarissa and Tia; and, sons Jonathan and Jaden. They reside in Prince George BC but spend as much time as they can get out on the land in their traditional territory.