The Gitga’at Treaty team are the front line workers of Treaty. We are the Negotiators, meeting facilitators, researchers, and mapping technicians. If the Gitga’at people, Leadership, or the governments of British Columbia and Canada have any questions about Gitga’at Treaty, they will be directed to the Treaty Team.
Paul Paterson – Lead Negotiator
Paul has worked for over 20 years with Indigenous groups across Canada, primarily in the world of Aboriginal Rights and Title. Paul’s career began in 1993, working for the Council of the Haida Nation on contract to manage their sports fish management program, and has since included four years as a Provincial Treaty Negotiator, 12 years as a Federal Negotiator. He’s worked independently on behalf of First Nation clients throughout BC since leaving the government in early 2014.
Eric Anderson – Treaty Coordinator
Eric Anderson is a member of the Gitga’at First Nation and hails from Terrace, BC. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing & International Business from the University of Northern British Columbia. He returned to the area hoping to foster community growth and to encourage interest in local issues. With a background in tourism, Eric works on sparking interest in the treaty process and ensuring online information is accessible and up to date. Some of Eric’s favourite things about the area are the natural beauty of the landscape and the significant cultural history in the North.
Jessel Bolton – GIS Tech Trainee
Jessel was born in Prince Rupert BC and raised in Hartley Bay. He did his schooling in Hartley Bay to grade ten, and in Prince Rupert for grades eleven and twelve. After graduating high school, Jessel returned home to visit and took a carving course in Hartley Bay in 1980/81. He has been carving since then but worked in a few different areas in Northern BC, including Hartley Bay, Terrace, and Port Edward. Has also worked at two sport fishing lodges as a fishing guide for fourteen years in Whale channel and Milbanke Sound, and as a GIS tech in Hartley Bay. Jessel worked with Craig Outhet for on the job training in GIS, then in 2016 spent one week in BCIT taking a refresher course in GIS.
Jessel enjoys fishing and hunting, as that was part of growing up in Hartley Bay. He also played basketball for Hartley Bay, Kitkatla and Port Edward in the Annual All Native Tournament in Prince Rupert.
Corbin Greening – Treaty Coordinator
Corbin is a member of Gitga’at First Nation, but he was born and raised in Burns Lake, BC. He moved to Hartley Bay and Prince Rupert after he completed his Master of Arts in First Nations studies at UNBC in Prince George. Corbin has studied traditional and western land ownership and management and has a keen interest in Aboriginal Rights and Title. As a Treaty Analyst for the Gitga’at First Nation Treaty Team, Corbin assisted the Lead Negotiator at Treaty Negotiations, organized and facilitated community meetings, and did Treaty research.