Celeste Haldane was appointed Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission in April 2017. Prior to this, she served as an elected Commissioner for three two-year terms commencing in 2011.
Celeste is a practising lawyer and holds an LL.M. in Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) and an LL.B. and B.A., both from The University of British Columbia. In 2015, she began her Doctorate at UBC in Anthropology & Law.
Celeste is the first Indigenous chair of the Legal Services Society, to which she was appointed by the Provincial Government. She is a director of the Brain Canada Foundation and the Hamber Foundation. Celeste is an active member of the Indigenous Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association. She is a 2015 alumni of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
Celeste is a member of the Sparrow family from Musqueam and is Tsimshian through Metlakatla. She previously served as the Chair of the Musqueam Land Code Committee, a member of the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the Housing & Capital Committee, and the Matrimonial Real Property Committee.
Celeste is the proud mother of three and grandmother of two.