Treaty work started under the Stó:lō Nation in 1995, and from 2004 to 2007 several First Nations transitioned toward an independent organization. In 2009, the Stó:lō Xwexwílmexw Treaty Association officially became the negotiating body for the Treaty.
The leadership sought a new logo for the group and Siyémches Frank Malloway, then-hereditary chief of Yeqwyeqwí:ws envisioned an elder and a youth connecting with the lands and waters of S’ólh Téméxw, an idea that contained the Stó:lō principle of Tomíyeqw.
The Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Executive is made up of a President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer and three members-at-large ensuring that each of the six SXTA communities are represented. The Executive makes decisions regarding work plans, budgets, draft materials, and workshop planning. The Executive signs and reviews project funding applications, and final financial reports.
Chief Maureen Chapman
Skawahlook First Nation
Chief Angie Bailey
Aitchelitz First Nation
Chief Mark Point
Skowkale First Nation
Chief Terry Horne
Yakweakwioose First Nation
Treaty Negotiation Team
The Treaty Negotiation Team is directed by the Chiefs and Councils of the 6 Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw bands, and negotiates for a treaty that represents our current and future needs. In other words, if you are a member of one of the 6 bands, then we work for YOU.
Chief Terry Horne – Siyémches
Grand Chief Steven Point, OBC – Xwelíqweltel
Grand Chief Steven Point is the SXTA’s Chief Legal Advisor. He is a jurist and the former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. He also served as the chair of the advisory committee on the safety and security of vulnerable women, a committee that provides community-based guidance to the implementation of the recommendations from the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. From 1975 to 1999, Steven Point served as Chief of the Skowkale First Nation. From 1994 to 1999 he served as Tribal Chair of the Stó:lō Nation.
Jean Teillet LLP
Jean Teillet is a legal advisor to the SXTA. Ms. Teillet practices primarily in the area of Aboriginal rights litigation and negotiations. Jean is the first recipient of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Lincoln Alexander Award granted for outstanding service to the community in 2002. She is the great-grandniece of Louis Riel.
Dr. Dave Schaepe – TL’elqtelemexw
Dr. Dave Schaepe is the Technical Advisor/General Manager, and Treaty Operations Director of the SXTA. He has worked for over 15 years as a community-based researcher addressing issues of aboriginal rights and title, heritage management policy & practice, repatriation, land-use planning, archaeological research, and education & outreach. Dr. Schaepe has over 25 years of experience in archaeology/anthropology, and cultural heritage research and resource management.
Dr. Albert ‘Sonny’ McHalsie – Naxaxalhts’i
Dr. Naxaxalhts’i is the Cultural Advisor for the SXTA and is Cultural Advisor/Historian of the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre. He currently acts as the cultural advisor on the Treaty Negotiation Team for the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association. Dr. Naxaxalhts’i hosts our Place Name Tours with Treaty Outreach. His areas of expertise include Halq’eméylem Place Names, Fishing, and Stó:lō Oral History.