Membertou operates under the Indian Act of Canada; federal legislation enacted by the parliament of Canada. It is governed by one Chief and twelve Councillors that are elected every four years by Membertou community and band members.


Chief Terrance Paul has been elected Chief of Membertou for past 35 consecutive years. The Chief and Council meets three times monthly to discuss Membertou’s development, current issues, voice the thoughts and ideas of the community members, and to ensure smooth operation of its business and administration departments.


As Membertou continues to grow, Chief and Council focus on the youth of Membertou, as the future of the youth is the future of Membertou. They have strategic programs and training that stress the importance of education in the hopes that the youth of Membertou will take over senior positions and continue moving Membertou forward.