Celeste Haldane reappointed BC Treaty Chief Commissioner. The BC Treaty Commission is an independent body
Celeste Haldane the current Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commissions has been reappointment to another three-year term. Her reappointment was met with great enthusiasm by The First Nations Summit and the governments of British Columbia and Canada.
Haldane was first appointed to guide the treaty process in British Columbia on April 12, 2017. One of her most important accomplishments has been advocating for Indigenous rights recognition to be more firmly entrenched into the treaty negotiations process. Her tenure has also overseen the advancement of several First Nations to Stage 5 treaty negotiations, including the historic signing of both the Ditidaht and Pacheedaht First Nations’ Agreements in Principle in June 2019.
“I am honoured to be reappointed by Canada, British Columbia and the First Nations Summit and to continue serving as Chief Commissioner. Although these are challenging times, negotiations of treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements must be a priority. Investing in reconciliation and Indigenous self-governance empowers healthy and prosperous regions throughout British Columbia.
There have been significant milestones in negotiations, including the new rights recognition policy, and the Treaty Commission looks forward to supporting this momentum. I also want to recognize the hard work of all the parties to pivot during these times and maintain progress towards reconciliation.” Celeste Haldane Chief Commissioner, BC Treaty Commission
The BC Treaty Commission is an independent impartial body responsible for facilitating treaty negotiations between the provincial and federal governments and First Nations in British Columbia. Its primary role is to oversee the negotiation process to ensure parties are making effective progress in negotiations.
“Over the last three years, Celeste Haldane has helped facilitate treaty negotiations in a fair and neutral manner. We are pleased that she will continue to lead the BC Treaty Commission in this important work in British Columbia.
We look forward to continuing to work together with the commission and our partners, the Province of British Columbia and the First Nations Summit, to advance reconciliation and support treaty negotiations in BC for the benefit of those who live in Canada.” The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P. Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
Haldane is a practicing lawyer and holds a master of laws degree in constitutional law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Haldane is a member of the Sparrow family from Musqueam and is Tsimshian through Metlakatla.
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