Co-Chair Criminal Justice
Douglas White 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. Doug is Co-Chair of the BC Aboriginal Justice Council for Criminal Justice and is the representative for the First Nations Summit (FNS). He is serving as President of NCCABC.
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 the 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. Douglas 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 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.
Douglas 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.
Kristy Bell is Scottish and Cree with ancestry from the Driftpile First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. My children are members of the Stz’uminus and Musgamagw Dzawada’enuw with maternal lineage to the K’omoks First Nation. Kristy is currently the representative of the NCCABC (Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC) on the BCAJC.
Kristy studied Criminology with a focus on Indigenous offenders. She is an advocate for offenders, families and children experiencing the pains of imprisonment. Kristy facilitates circle’s of support for families with loved ones who are incarcerated. In addition, Kristy is a Board Member and Chair of the Governance Committee of the NCCABC.
Within her community, Kristy is a passionate grassroots leader. She has organized community events that aim to raise awareness and to inspire conversations surrounding Indigenous suicide, violence, injustice, intergenerational trauma and the multiple effects of the Residential School system. She is also an advocate for women experiencing violence. Kristy has organized the Women’s Memorial March in the Comox Valley as well as the K’omoks Walking with our Sisters Art Installation in 2015.
Kristy also has experience as an Aboriginal Youth Navigator in both Campbell River and the Comox Valley. She has worked with Aboriginal Youth aged 12-26 who are in Provincial care, in the process of aging out or are involved with the justice system.
Boyd Peters “Xoyet thet”
Boyd Peters is the Director of Sts’ailes’ Aboriginal Rights and Title Department. He has been elected to Council for over 20 years. In these capacities, Boyd is responsible for looking after Sts’ailes’ Xa’xa Temexw—an expression that conveys the spiritual, physical, and cultural connections that the Sts’ailes people have with the land, water, and resources in their territory.
Boyd was born and raised in Sts’ailes where he learned about the history, traditions, and cultural/spiritual teaching of his people. He has three children.
Boyd was contracted to do a community consultation for the Elbow Lake Initiative in 1998 to determine if Sts’ailes wanted to become involved in a partnership with Correctional Service Canada (CSC) for the development of an aboriginal focused facility. The community approved of the project and Boyd was hired as the Transition Coordinator. He became the Executive Assistant to the Chief in 2002 and is now the AR&T Director.
Boyd is an active member of the Kwìkwèxwelhp (formerly Elbow Lake) Citizens Advisory Committee since 2000. He was appointed as Chairperson in 2006. Boyd is quoted in the document “Kwìkwèxwelhp and Sts’ailes, A Historical Journey in Healing Aboriginal Offenders” that “A common understanding of our people is that our strength is derived from our culture and spirituality. We are a prosperous First Nation that has developed many innovative made-in-Sts’ailes programs and services and are glad to provide these culturally appropriate services for the Kwikw’te’alex. We recognize that our brothers are vastly over-represented in the prison system and believe that our people have the capacity to help offenders in their healing path. We are open to sharing our cultural and traditional forms of healing for the reintegration of offenders into their home communities. The safety and well-being of all our communities benefit. It is a mutually beneficial relationship that has gained national and international recognition.”
- As of 2017-18 Boyd now sits on the Kwìkwèxwelhp Advisory Senate.
- He participated on the Kwìkwèxwelhp redevelopment committee and the Healing Village is now fully developed. It has the only longhouse within a federal institution.
- He developed a Cooperative Programs Board terms of reference to develop mutually beneficial and shared programs.
- In 2000 he led the development of Sts’ailes Restorative Justice Program.
- In 2017 he led the development of the Sts’ailes Justice Strategy and did Terms of Reference for the Sts’ailes Community Consultative Group and chaired the meetings with First Nations Police.
- He wrote Sts’ailes Reintegration Protocols for both Federal and Provincial Corrections.
- He is on the planning committees for annual Making Connections Provincial Corrections Conferences.
Ms. McPhee is the former President of the Tahltan Central Council (TCC), the administrative governing body representing the Tahltan Nation, having served three terms leading the Nation through some of the most challenging and exciting opportunities in its history.
During her term as President, she was instrumental in negotiating more than $2 billion worth of agreements on behalf of the Tahltan Nation for BC Hydro’s Northwest Transmission Line and AltaGas’s run of river projects. In 2012, Ms. McPhee became the first Aboriginal woman to join the board of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and is currently a Director of the Legal Services Society, a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee, and BC Hydro’s Strategic Aboriginal Engagement Committee.
She holds her Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria, and studied Public Relations at BCIT. Ms. McPhee has received many prestigious awards, including an Indigenous Leadership Award from Ecotrust, Aboriginal Woman of Distinction Award , and was named National Native Role Model in 2000 by former BC Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, for her commitment to community and service and Aboriginal youth.
Colleen Spier is a Métis woman, wife and mother of two children. Colleen’s husband and children are registered members of the Lake St. Martin Band in Manitoba. Colleen is a practicing Lawyer and Mediator and was called to the Bar in 2008, after graduating from the University of British Columbia in 2007. She opened her own law firm, Spier & Company Law, in February of 2010.
Colleen always promotes sensitivity to all cultures by drawing on her extensive experience with Aboriginal peoples, and is constantly striving to learn more about Aboriginal culture and cultural practices. She was appointed to the Child Protection Mediation Roster as an Aboriginal Child Protection Mediator. In addition to her mediation practice, Colleen is employed as the Executive Director of Island Métis Family & Community Services Society in Victoria, BC, which provides support to families currently involved or are at risk of becoming involved with the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD).