Douglas S. White, B.A., J.D.

Bio

Coast Salish name: Kwulasultun

Nuu-chah-nulth name: Tliishin

Métis name: L'om fore de shenn (Michif) / Mistikominâhtik napîw (Plains Cree)

 

Doug is a practising lawyer (called to the Bar of British Columbia in January, 2008) and negotiator for First Nations across the country. He is also: the Chair of the BC First Nations Justice Council; Co-Chair of BC’s Provincial Advisory Committee for Indigenous and Specialized Courts and Related Initiatives; and, Director of the Nanaimo Port Authority (appointed by the provincial government in July, 2019).

He is a member, former Chief (2009-2014), and former Councillor (2016-2020) of the Snuneymuxw First Nation in Nanaimo, BC. From 2010 to 2013, he was a member of the First Nations Summit Task Group and the BC First Nations Leadership Council working on common issues with BC First Nations and advocated on their behalf with the governments of British Columbia, Canada and internationally at the United Nations. He was also the Director of the Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation at Vancouver Island University from 2014-2020.

 

After completing his B.A. in First Nations Studies (with distinction) from Malaspina University-College (now Vancouver Island University), he graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria in 2006 and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in January 2008. He has been granted Distinguished Alumni Awards from both Vancouver Island University (2013) and the University of Victoria (2015).

Education

B.A. (with distinction), First Nations Studies, Vancouver Island University (2000)

J.D., Faculty of Law, University of Victoria. (2007)

ps. Also came within striking distance of finishing my M.P.A. through the University of Victoria. I finished all the coursework with a high GPA, but the faculty of graduate studies bumped me out of the program as I was working to complete my final policy project when I started law school in Sept. 2004.

Employment

Lawyer

Serving First Nations governments and organizations on a range of issues since 2008.

Politician

Elected Chief of Snuneymuxw First Nation in 2009 for a four-year term. Elected by Chiefs of BC to a three-year term to First Nations Summit Task Group and BC First Nations Leadership Council from 2010-2013). Elected Councillor of Snuneymuxw First Nation in 2016 for a four-year term.

 

Negotiator

Leading negotiations for First Nations and First Nations organizations across the country for many years.

Educator

Director of the Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation at Vancouver Island University from 2016-2020.

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