David Try, PhD

Senior Treaty Negotiator / Director Treaty

Years working on the Treaty Team: 5

David has almost 50 years of work experience, primarily with the federal and provincial governments. This knowledge of government, combined with his experience in face-to-face negotiations, is very useful when negotiating a treaty.


Bonita Young-Mercer

Interim Treaty Manager

Years working on the Treaty Team: First year!

Bonita is a member of Kitselas First Nation and belongs to the Ganada Clan.

With over 20 years of experience in office, human resource and finance management, Bonita has held numerous leadership roles, including:

  • Finance Manager, Tseax Development Group Ltd
  • Office Manager, Terrace Nisga’a Urban Local;
  • Director of Operations, CFNR Radio Station;
  • Finance Manager, Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute;
  • Accountant, Skeena Sawmills; and
  • Contract work in Business Management and Finance.

Joan Mason

Treaty Engagement Coordinator

Years working on the Treaty Team: 9

Joan has worked in many Kitselas Departments in a variety of roles and also worked as an Administrative Assistant for UNBC Terrace Campus. From 2012 until 2017, Joan was the Treaty Receptionist, then Community Engagement Coordinator. In 2021, Joan returned to the Treaty Department to the role of Community Engagement Coordinator.

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Crystal Wright

Treaty Clerk

Years working on the Treaty Team: 2

Crystal has been a part of the Kitselas Treaty team for over two years. Before joining the Treaty team, she worked for Kitselas in several Departments where she had many different roles.


Zoe Bevan


Years working on the Treaty Team: 9

Zoe has worked with the Kitselas Treaty Office for a total of nine years, four years as a summer student and five years as an intern. She is a student who is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in the Arts program, first at the University of British Columbia and now at the University of Northern British Columbia.


Matilda Henry

Communications Officer

Years working on the Treaty Team: 3

Matilda has worked for Kitselas for seven years in the Lands & Resource Department as the Receptionist. Recently, she moved into the position of Communications Officer. Matilda has her Administrative Certificate from Coast Mountain College and a Certificate in Business Skills from TRU.

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