Entry by Donation | Speaker: Doug White.
Doors open at 1:30pm.
The Snuneymuxw Treaty of 1854 was the last treaty signed in BC until the Nisga’a Treaty of 2000. The 164 year old treaty was signed by Snuneymuxw First Nations and Governor James Douglas, representing the Crown Colony of Vancouver Island. Doug White III’s presentation will focus on the historical and political legacy of Snuneymuxw Treaty of 1854 in regard to its impact on the Nation’s traditional territory.
Doug White III B.A., J.D. is a member, Councillor and former Chief of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and the current director of the Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation at Vancouver Island University. His Coast Salish name is Kwul’a’sul’tan and his Nuu-chah-nulth name is Tlii’shin. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2008. Doug has been a director of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada and an associate lawyer at Mandell Pinder. He was elected Chief of Snuneymuxw First Nation from 2009-2014 and a major focus of his current work as a Councillor is to ensure implementation of the Snuneymuxw Treaty of 1854. Among his many other accomplishments, he continues to practice as a lawyer and negotiator across the country for First Nations governments.