Treaty Negotiation Team

The Treaty Negotiation Team is directed by the Chiefs and Councils of the 7 Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw bands, and argues for a treaty that represents their current and future needs. In essence, if you are a member of one of the 7 bands, then we work for YOU.

IMG_0085 Grand Chief Joe Hall (“Skw’omkw’emexw”)

Grand Chief Joe Hall is the Chairman of the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association (SXTA) and Political Advisor on the SXTA Treaty Negotiating Team. Grand Chief Joe Hall is from the SXTA community Tzeachten.

jean  Jean Teillet LLP

Jean Teillet is the Chief Negotiator of 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.

dave 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 and practice, repatriation, land-use planning, archaeological research, and education and outreach.  Dr. Schaepe has over 25 years of experience in archaeology/anthropology, and cultural heritage research and resource management.

sonny 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.