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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 first elected by the First Nations Summit in 2015 and began serving his third two-year term in March 2019. 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 community in a variety of roles, including as Chief 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. 

Francis lives in Port Alberni and is married with five children, three foster children, and four grandchildren.

Commissioner Clifford White
Clifford White
Commissioner

Clifford White (Nees Ma’Outa) was elected by the First Nations Summit for a two-year term beginning in March 2019. He is a hereditary leader and former elected Chief of the Gitxaala Nation. 

Clifford is a facilitator and trainer with Nawaabm Enterprise and is an elder in the First Nations Court in New Westminster, where he has been involved for more than 12 years. He is chair of the First Nations Advisory Committee of BC, Executive Chair for the NorthernNations Cooperative, President of the Prince Rupert Indigenous Housing Society, a Board member for the New Relationship Trust, and works with BC’s Aboriginal Family Healing Court project. He continues to work with the Province’s Industry Training Authority, Private Industries, Union and Non-Union trades on Indigenous workforce developments. His passion is for commercially sustainable environmental management and developments on the North Coast.

Clifford studied Business and Commerce at the University of British Columbia. He is married to Lynn, has three children, four grandchildren and a rez dog.

Commissioner Angela Wesley
Angela Wesley
Commissioner

Angela Wesley was appointed by the Government of British Columbia to a two-year term beginning December 2018. She is a citizen of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations (Nuu-chah-nulth), one of five First Nations implementing the Maa-nulth Treaty on the west coast of Vancouver Island. 

Since 1992, through her consulting company Wes-Can Advisory Services, Angela has worked extensively with First Nations throughout BC, providing advisory and facilitation services in the areas of strategic planning, community development, communications, community engagement, and governance capacity building. 

Angela has remained actively involved in the implementation of Huu-ay-aht’s treaty and self-governance, and has served as Speaker (Legislative Chairperson) for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Legislature and Annual People’s Assemblies and serving as the Board Chair/President for the Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses since 2012. 

She serves on the Board of Directors of the Toquaht First Nation Holdings Board, the New Relationship Trust, and the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC and previously served as Executive Member and Chair of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and on the Board of Directors of the Royal British Columbia Museum. 

Angela resides in her husband Gerald’s traditional territory of Kitsumkalum in Terrace and enjoys the company and teachings of her grandson every weekend.

Commissioner Mary-Ann Enevoldsen
Mary-Ann Enevoldsen
Commissioner

Mary-Ann Enevoldsen was appointed by the Government of Canada to a two-year term beginning in May 2018. 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 complicated shared territory agreements with First Nation neighbours. She is an advocate for cultural revitalization and passionate about ensuring Homalco traditional knowledge and practices are passed down to the next generation and shared with the entire community of Campbell River.

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

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