Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, has issued the following statement to mark B.C.’s appointment of a new commissioner with the BC Treaty Commission:
“The Province of British Columbia congratulates Angela Wesley on her two-year appointment as provincial commissioner with the BC Treaty Commission.
“Angela brings tremendous experience and knowledge to the commission. She played a key role in negotiating the Maa-nulth Treaty on behalf of Huu-ay-aht First Nations and continues to work on the treaty implementation team with B.C. and Canada, as well as serving as Speaker in the Huu-ay-aht Legislature.
“Angela’s expertise and insight will provide valuable guidance for ongoing treaty negotiations throughout B.C., as we work with federal and First Nations partners to transform modern treaty-making to better support Indigenous self-determination and the recognition of inherent title and rights.
“I also want to recognize retiring treaty commissioner Tom Happynook, of Huu-ay-aht First Nations, for his dedication and energy in helping advance many negotiations over the past four years.
“A number of challenging negotiations have benefited thanks to Tom’s guidance and experience from leading the negotiations and implementation of the Maa-nulth Treaty.
“On behalf of the Province, I extend my deepest gratitude to both Angela and Tom for their roles in advancing meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in British Columbia, as part of the commission.”