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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 First Nations Summit elects two Commissioners and the federal and provincial governments appoint one each. The four part-time Commissioners serve two-year terms. The Chief Commissioner is appointed to a three-year term by agreement of thePrincipals. 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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Francis Frank
Commissioner

Francis Frank was elected Commissioner by the First Nations Summit for a second two-year term beginning in March 2017. He is from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations on the west coast of Vancouver Island and is a trained social worker with a BSW from the University of Victoria.

Prior to joining the Treaty Commission, Francis served his Nation in a variety of roles, including as Chief Councilor for fourteen years, negotiator for ten years, and band manager for six years.

He has extensive experience in negotiations, and was directly involved in the negotiation of the first interim measures agreement, as well as the first incremental treaty agreement in British Columbia, successfully securing land and finances for his nation.

Tanya Corbet
Commissioner

Tanya Corbet was elected Commissioner by the First Nations Summit for a one-year term beginning in February 2018. She is a member of Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) and is serving her first term as an elected Executive Councillor. She has worked for the TFN Government for 18 years, and has held key roles with the Treaty Team and the TFN Economic Development Corporation. 

The TFN treaty is BC's first modern treaty negotiated through the made-in-BC treaty negotiations process. Tanya was involved in the negotiation and implementation, and her roles in the TFN Government have encompassed strategic communications, media relations, government relations, and internal and external communications. Tanya’s reputation as a consummate professional has also led to working with private sector companies to help facilitate project partnerships with First Nations.

Tanya is a member of the Delta Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament Committee, and has served as Vice Chair to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Board of Governors and as a Director of the Reach Foundation. Tanya studied at the University of Northern BC and holds a Public Relations Associate Certificate from BCIT. She resides on the Tsawwassen Lands with her two children. 

Tom Happynook
Commissioner

Tom Happynook was appointed Commissioner in February 2015 by the Province of British Columbia, and is currently serving a second two-year term. He is from Huu-ay-aht First Nations and is the Head Hereditary Whaling Chief.

Huu-ay-aht is one of five communities included within Maa-nulth First Nations, which has been implementing its modern-day comprehensive treaty since April 1, 2011. Tom played a large role in the negotiation and implementation of Huu-ay-aht’s treaty. He was elevated to Chief Treaty Negotiator with the mandate to bring the Huu-ay-aht Final Agreement to conclusion in 2007. He then took on the role of Treaty Implementation Team Leader from 2009 to 2011 to ensure the Nation had a smooth transition to self-governance.

Tom was a firefighter for sixteen years, retiring in 1998 as a Deputy Platoon Chief [Captain]. He is married to Kathy Happynook, and together they have three children and four grandchildren.

Mary-Ann Enevoldsen
Mary-Ann Enevoldsen
Commissioner

Mary-Ann Enevoldsen was appointed Commissioner in May 2018 by the Government of Canada, and is serving a two-year term. She is from Homalco First Nation, and was the first woman to be elected Chief, a role she held for three years after serving as councillor for eleven years.

Since 1993, Mary-Ann has been involved in treaty negotiations and has extensive experience in various roles, including negotiating shared territory agreements with First Nations neighbours. She is an advocate for cultural revitalization and ensuring Homalco traditional knowledge and practices are passed down to the next generation. 

Mary-Ann is married to Marcus Enevoldsen and has two sons and five grandchildren. 

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700-1111 Melville Street
Vancouver BC
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604 482 9200

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