Karen White – Former Chief
St. George’s Indian Band
Resigned as Chief effective October 1, 2016
St. George’s Indian Band
P.O. Box 262
St. Georges NL
Karen White was born in the Mi’kmaq village of “Seal Rocks”. She is the daughter of Edward Bennett and Mildred (Gertrude) Bennett. She attended Memorial University, St. John’s, NL and then Community College, Stephenville Crossing, NL. She worked at the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital in Stephenville, NL, for almost two years and then Canada Post, where she is presently employed and has been for the last thirty-two years, serving first in the town of St. George’s, then Stephenville Crossing, NL and Port au Port, NL.
Karen has been a member of the St. George’s Indian Band since the fall of 2001. When she became a member, she immediately got involved as a volunteer on the board of directors of the Band Council and was elected to the position of secretary-treasurer . She held this position for one year until the combined position of secretary-treasurer became two separate positions. She then held the position of treasurer for the next six years. In her seventh year as treasurer, she was appointed to the position of vice-chief. Then in March, 2007, when the Chief’s position was vacated, Karen stepped into the role of Acting Chief of the St. George’s Indian Band and has since been elected Chief. During all this time, Karen was also Treasurer of the Courthouse Restoration Committee. For two years she was both chairperson and treasurer of the Courthouse Restoration Committee, while at the same time serving as treasurer of the St. George’s Indian Band. She was also actively involved with the Band’s yearly Aboriginal Day Celebrations, Elder’s Feast and the Band’s Fundraising Events.
Karen likes to keep busy and busy she is what with holding down a full time position with Canada Post and volunteering her time to the St. George’s Indian Band Council and caring for a large family. She will soon be retiring from her position with Canada Post and she looks forward to devoting even more of her time to the St. George’s Indian Band and the future “Qalipu First Nations”. She is married to another band member, Melvin White, and they have four children, a step daughter, Melissa White; One son, Lindsey (deceased); two daughters, Alison and Lori; and three grand-children: Tyler White, Windell Smith and the latest addition, Rozalind White.
Karen’s hope for the future is that all the people of Mi’kmaq descent will receive their status and be registered under the Indian Act taking their rightful place as this country’s First Nation’s Peoples.