A Guide to Canadian Indigenous Law

Jack Woodward, K.C., is a practicing lawyer and author specializing in Indigenous law.  In 2022 Woodward was named to Maclean’s “Power List”, the magazine’s ranking of the country’s 50 most powerful people in Canada.  Jack has been on the forefront of Canada’s relationship with aboriginal communities for decades.  His firm in Campbell River includes Ethan Krindle and Owen Stewart, representing clients across Canada.

Woodward wrote the first draft of Secton 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, which provides constitutional protection to the indigenous and treaty rights of indigenous peoples in Canada. Read more

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Woodward: Litigation and Advocacy

Jack and his associates have a Canada-wide practice focused on Aboriginal Law.  This firm is independent, and is not associated with the lawyers Woodward and Company in Victoria.  Jack and his firm are not actively seeking new clients, but remain open to tackling a case of serious injustice, and welcomes all visitors to his site and questions you may have about his work.

Jack was an Instructor and Adjunct Professor of Law with the University of Victoria for 16 years. He was key in helping to develop the university’s first-ever credit course in Indigenous law. Visit our News and Events to find out more about Jack’s work.

Jack is the author of Aboriginal Law in Canada, Canada’s leading publication on the topic, and is the editor of Consolidated Aboriginal Law Statutes, Regulations and Treaties. He also co-wrote Sechanalyagh, a book of gratitude, in partnership with former Chief Roger William. Read more about Jack’s published work.

Since he began practicing law in the 1970s, Jack has represented 100+ First Nation communities, groups and organizations in a breadth of notable court cases including the groundbreaking Tsilhqot’in Nation case, which was the first successful Aboriginal title claim in Canada.


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Nuchatlaht v. British Columbia


Fort McKay First Nation v. Prosper Petroleum Ltd


Fort McKay First Nation v. HMTQ Alberta

Nuchatlaht files Further Amended Notice of Civil Claim for declaration of Aboriginal Title

Nuchatlaht v British Columbia, 2018 BCSC 796 (CanLII)

Tsilhqot'in Nation v. BC

Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, [2014] 2 SCR 257, 2014 SCC 44 (CanLII)
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