James B. (Jamie) Wilson, B.A., U.S.T.C., M.Ed.
Treaty Commissioner, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba
Treaty Commissioner Jamie Wilson is a progressive, young leader, originally from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, who moves with equal ease in both First Nations and non-Indigenous communities.
He is an educator, a former Ranger in the US military’s Special Operations and, recently, he graduated from the Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in California.
Possessing a warrior spirit, Jamie is a high calibre triathlete and crossfit competitor. On Ancestral lands, he is an award-winning environmentalist and survivalist who teaches the traditional ways of land navigation, and subsistence living. He has also long advocated for the equality of women in ceremony and in leadership.
Jamie’s greatest leadership strengths are as a facilitator and relationship builder where his calm and thoughtful demeanor enables him to navigate complex discussions and often highly charged situations, to positive and successful outcomes.
Now in his second mandate as Treaty Commissioner, Jamie sees education and economic development as twin pillars to grow a more vibrant future for both First Nations and Manitoba. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the Treaties, from which economic security and the ability to earn a livelihood are fundamental promises, Jamie is passionate about bridging the gap between First Nations and business communities, to help create greater educational opportunities, joint ventures and partnerships.
Jamie earned his B.A. at the University of Winnipeg and his M.Ed. Administration from the University of Manitoba. He also holds a U.S Multi-Subject Teaching Credential from California State University and possesses K-12 teaching experience in public school systems: on-reserve and U.S. charter schools.
In 2010, the Government of Canada appointed Jamie as Treaty Commissioner of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, a neutral body mandated to encourage discussion, facilitate public understanding, and enhance mutual respect between all peoples in Manitoba.
Jamie currently serves as an Advisor on the Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Council and the University of Manitoba President’s Advisory Council. He is also on the Board of Directors of both the Assiniboine Park Conservancy and the Winnipeg Football Club and is a member of the United Way Cabinet. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for Community Service.
Treaty Commissioner Wilson is a columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press and is regularly called upon by local and national media for his views on a wide range of Treaty-related matters, education and business issues. Jamie is married to Kristin Erickson and, together, they have three children.