The British Columbia Treaty Commission is made up of one Chief Commissioner, four Commissioners, and a team of staff.
The Chief Commissioner is appointed by agreement of the three Principals (the governments of Canada and British Columbia, and the First Nations Summit), and serves as the CEO and Chair for a three-year term. The First Nations Summit elects two commissioners and the federal and provincial governments appoint one each. Commissioners are part-time and serve two-year terms.
The Treaty Commission was created through federal and provincial legislation, and through First Nation Summit resolutions. It is impartial and independent. Commissioners do not represent the Principals that appoint them. Treaty Commission decisions require the support of one commissioner from each of the Principals.
The Chief Commissioner is appointed to a three-year term by agreement of the Principals, and serves as CEO and Chair.
In the absence of a Chief Commissioner, the four remaining Commissioners unanimously agree to appoint one of them to act as Chief Commissioner.
The First Nations Summit elects two Commissioners and the federal and provincial governments appoint one each. The four part-time Commissioners are appointed for two-year terms. Commissioners do not represent the Principal that appoint them, they serve in an independent role.
The BC Treaty Commission staff is comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise. Staff work in the Process, Funding, Communications, and Operations departments to support the work of the Treaty Commission.
To learn more about our team, please click on the photos below.