Doug White named UVic Law's Distinguished Alumni for 2015

Doug White named UVic Law's Distinguished Alumni for 2015

January 29, 2015 – Douglas S. White (LLB ’07) has been named this year's recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UVic Faculty of Law.

Each year, the UVic Alumni Association, in partnership with the faculties and divisions of UVic, present Distinguished Alumni Awards to outstanding members of the alumni community.

Recipients are selected based on a number of criteria, including career accomplishments or service to their community.

White is a member and former Chief of the Snuneymuxw First Nation in Nanaimo, BC. His Coast Salish name is Kwul’a’sul’tun and his Nuu-chah-nulth name is Tlii’shin.

Over the course of his career, White has held many positions of leadership and has advocated for First Nations in various capacities.

He has been a director of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada and an associate lawyer at Mandell Pinder.

He was the elected Chief of the Snuneymuxw First Nation from December 2009 to February 2014 where a major focus of his work was in relation to the 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.

He is currently the Director of the Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation at Vancouver Island University and practices as a lawyer and negotiator across the country for First Nations governments.

He is an also an associate at First People Law where he is counsel for First Nations across the country.

White, along with other award recipients, will be honoured at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Night on February 4, 2015, at the Grand Pacific Hotel.