Dan Christmas, Senior Advisor
Community of Membertou
Dan Christmas has served in various leadership positions in the Mi’kmaw Nation of Nova Scotia. After serving five years as the Band Manager for the Community of Membertou, Mr. Christmas worked for the Union of Nova Scotia Indians for 15 years - the last 10 as its Director. He was actively involved in the recognition and the implementation of Mi’kmaw Aboriginal and treaty rights in Nova Scotia.
Mr. Christmas was first elected to Membertou’s council in June 1996, and since 1997, has held the position of Senior Advisor with Membertou. He assists the Chief, band council and its management team with the day-to-day operations of the Membertou community.
Mr. Christmas has been active in a number of international, national, provincial and local agencies in a wide range of fields including Aboriginal & treaty rights, justice, policing, education, health care, human rights, adult training, business development and the environment. He has served as the Executive Chairperson of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians.
In 2005, Mr. Christmas was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University for his work with the Mi’kmaw people of Nova Scotia. In 2008, he was the recipient of the National Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award from the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada and the Sparks Award from Novaknowledge for forward thinking.
Mr. Christmas has recently been appointed a member of the Premier’s Council on the Economy. He is also a member of the Board of Directors with Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Phone: (902) 564-6466 Ext. 2280
Fax: (902) 539-6645