New Treaty Commissioner appointed in Saskatchewan

By Bryan Eneas
January 30, 2018 - 5:00pm

After years vacant, a new Treaty Commissioner has been appointed for the Province of Saskatchewan.

Mary Culbertson, an Indigenous lawyer from the Keeseekoose First Nation in eastern Saskatchewan, was appointed to the position by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and the Government of Canada on Jan. 29. A Treaty Commissioner helps create understanding of treaty while promoting reconciliation by bringing together provincial and federal governments with Indigenous leadership to help understand the treaty promises.  

Prior to Culbertson’s appointment, the Treaty Commissioner’s position was vacant for nearly two full years.

Harry Lafond, the executive director of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, released a statement following the appointment.

“We are excited to welcome Mary Culbertson as the new Treaty Commissioner and look forward to working with her as we continue down the path of treaty fulfillment and reconciliation,” Lafond said.

Culbertson brings nearly 20 years of experience working with provincial, territorial and federal governments as well as Indigenous organizations.

The Office of the Treaty Commissioner touted Culbertson’s experience in public and community service, dispute resolution as well as her background in family, criminal and Aboriginal law as assets to the organization.

Culbertson will serve as Saskatchewan’s Treaty Commissioner until Jan. 28, 2021.


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