Organizers

The First Nations, Land, and James Douglas: Indigenous and Treaty Rights in the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, 1849-1864 conference (February 2017) was organized jointly by the Songhees First Nation and the University of Victoria History Department and Faculty of Law.

The organising committee was Graham Brazier (Independent Scholar), Cheryl Bryce (Songhees), Nick Claxton (UVic Education), Peter Cook (UVic History), Hamar Foster (UVic Law), John Lutz (UVic History), John Rice Jr. (Songhees), Mark Salter (Songhees), Neil Vallance (UVic Law).

The Conference Co-ordinators were Sarah Taekema and Mark Salter.

The video team was Jeff Tanaka and Sean MacPherson.

Thank you!

Thank you! The Organizing Committee want to express our sincere thanks to elders John Elliot and Elmer George for their translations of the treaties and to John Elliot for his keynote speech. We express our gratitude to the witnesses: Stephen Hume, Maxine Matilpi, Douglas White III, and Robert Clifford. We also want to thank Chief Ron Sam of the Songhees Nation, President Jamie Cassels, Dean of Humanities Chris Goto-Jones, and Dean of Law Jeremy Webber, and the History Department from the University of Victoria for their support.

Major funding for this conference was provided by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada and the Te’mexw Treaty Association, the Songhees First Nation, the University of Victoria and the following firms: Frey and Company, JFK Law, Arbutus Law Group, and Woodward and Company. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Royal BC Museum for the very special loan of the original Vancouver Island (Douglas) Treaties and the Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island project for support with videotaping the conference.