Chair of the BC First Nations Justice Council

BCFNJC Lead on Criminal Justice, and Gladue Implementation

Appointed by the First Nations Summit

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Douglas S. White, BA, JD, Chair, BC First Nations Justice Council
Douglas is a practising lawyer and in addition to serving as First Nations Justice Council Chair, he is Co-Chair of BC’s Provincial Advisory Committee for Indigenous and Specialized Courts and Related Initiatives.
His Coast Salish name is Kwulasultun, his Nuu-chah-nulth name is Tliishin and he is a member, former Chief, and current Councillor and Negotiator of the Snuneymuxw First Nation in Nanaimo, BC.
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 and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2008. He has been granted Distinguished Alumni Awards from both Vancouver Island University and the University of Victoria, has been a director of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada and an associate lawyer at Mandell Pinder.
Douglas was also elected to lead the First Nations Summit as a member of the FNS Task Group. In that role, he was also a member of 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 is currently the Director of the Centre for Pre- Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation at Vancouver Island University and practices as a lawyer and negotiator across the country for First Nations governments.

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