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 the Principals. 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

Francis Frank is an elected commissioner by the First Nations Summit. He was first elected in 2015 and began serving his third two-year term in March 2019. He is a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations on the west coast of Vancouver Island, and is an experienced 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

Clifford White (Nees Ma’Outa) is an elected commissioner by the First Nations Summit and is serving 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 two rez dogs.

Commissioner Angela Wesley
Angela Wesley

Angela Wesley is the Government of British Columbia appointed commissioner. She was re-appointed in December 2020 and is serving a two-year term. 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.

Liseanne Forand

Liseanne Forand is the Government of Canada appointed Commissioner. She was first appointed interim commisisoner in May 2020 and was re-appointed in July 2021 for a two-year term. Liseanne is a retired public servant with 30 years’ experience in intergovernmental affairs, policy, natural resource management and international relations.

She began her public service career at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in 1985, where she assumed progressively senior roles culminating as Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy between 2001 and 2003.  In 2003 she was appointed ADM, Northern Affairs at the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. In that capacity, Liseanne provided leadership in natural resource management and contaminated site remediation, northern science and devolution to territorial governments.  In later years, Liseanne served as Associate Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, as Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Chief Operating Officer for Service Canada, and as the first President of Shared Services Canada.  She retired from the public service in 2015.

Since 2017, she has served as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Polar Knowledge Canada, which works in partnership with northern communities to advance Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic, strengthen Canadian leadership in polar science and technology, and promote the development and distribution of knowledge of circumpolar regions.

Liseanne graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree English from Concordia University. Liseanne and her husband Jonathan live in North Saanich.


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