Chief Commissioners

The Treaty Commission's impartiality is reflected in its composition and the way it makes decisions. Commissioners do not represent the Principals that appoint them, but instead act independently. Decisions require the support of one appointee of each of the Principals.

The Chief Commissioner is appointed to a three-year term by agreement of the Principals. The First Nations Summit elects two Commissioners and the federal and provincial governments appoint one each. In the absence of a Chief Commissioner, the four remaining Commissioners unanimously agree to appoint one of them to act as Chief Commissioner.

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Celeste Haldane
Chief Commissioner

Celeste Haldane was appointed Chief Commissioner in April 2017. Prior to this, she served as an elected Commissioner for three two-year terms commencing in 2011. 

Celeste is a practising lawyer and holds an LL.M. in Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School [York University], and an LL.B. and B.A. both from the University of British Columbia. In 2015 she began her Doctorate at UBC in Anthropology & Law.

The Provincial Government appointed her to serve on the UBC Board of Governors and the Legal Services Society. Celeste is the first Indigenous chair of the Legal Services Society. She is a director of Brain Canada and the Hamber Foundation. Celeste is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association, and a member and director of the Indigenous Bar Association. She is a 2015 alumni of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Celeste is a member of the Sparrow family from Musqueam and is Tsimshian through Metlakatla. She previously served as the Chair of the Musqueam Land Code Committee, a member of the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the Housing & Capital Committee, and the Matrimonial Real Property Committee. Celeste is the proud mother of three and grandmother of two.


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