Douglas S. White Newly Elected Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia’s President
October 1, 2016
DOUG WHITE, B.A., J.D., is a member, former Chief, and current Councillor of the Snuneymuxw First Nation in Nanaimo, BC. His Coast Salish name is Kwulasultun and his Nuu-chah-nulth name is Tliishin.
After completing his B.A. in First Nations Studies (with distinction) from Malaspina University-College, he graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria in 2006. He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in January 2008. He has been a director of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada, the Vice-President of the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC and an associate lawyer at Mandell-Pinder working as legal counsel to First Nations on a range of issues.
Douglas was the elected Chief of the Snuneymuxw First Nation from December 2009 to February 2014 where a major focus of his work was implementation of the Snuneymuxw Treaty of 1854. From June of 2010 to June 2013, he was elected by Chiefs of British Columbia to lead the First Nations Summit as a member of the FNS Task Group. In that capacity, he advocated for First Nations seeking resolution of outstanding issues with the Crown. 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
Douglas is currently the Director of the Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation at Vancouver Island University where innovative writing and engagement on the Centre’s two themes are advanced. As part of its reconciliation mandate, the Centre is leading the development of a regional Aboriginal Justice Initiative in Nanaimo that will address both criminal and family justice service areas for Aboriginal families and peoples.
He also practices as a lawyer and negotiator across the country for First Nations governments and political organizations on a wide range of matters.
He lectures frequently at universities across the country on Indigenous legal issues.
Douglas is also appointed to the BC Aboriginal Justice Council by the First Nations Summit in the spring of 2016.