Daniel Smith is a citizen of the Laich Kwil Tach Nation, member of the Campbell River Indian Band in Vancouver Island and former Chief Negotiator for the Hamatla Treaty Society.
Appointed a Bencher in 2016, Dan is a member of the Practice Standards Committee, Access to Legal Services Advisory Committee, Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee and Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Committee
Dan has considerable working experience with local First Nations communities, provincial, national and international Indigenous organizations and provincial and federal governments. He began his career in the commercial fishing, logging and trucking industry, gaining experience in negotiations as an active member of the International Woodworkers of America and the Teamsters Union of Canada.
Dan has worked in senior positions with Canada Employment and Immigration, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Indian Northern Affairs Canada and Canadian Heritage. He was elected by the Chiefs of the First Nations Summit as one of three members of its Political Executive and Leadership Council. After serving his term, the Chiefs elected him to the BC Treaty Commission as a commissioner. Dan is now retired.
Dan was raised by his grandparents in Wuikinuxv Nation, Rivers Inlet and Campbell River Indian Band and later moved to Vancouver to attend school.