Year: 2015

Native Law Updates – December 2015(2)

The seventh and final 2015 update to Native Law contains the following additions: Native Law now includes an updated Directory of First Nations, which incorporates instances where First Nations have been referenced in the case law found in Chapter 2 (Sources of Aboriginal Law), as well as updated references to the case law in Chapter […]

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Native Law Updates – December 2015

Here are some of the new topics in Native Law 2015, Release #6 – December 2015: Meaningful high-level consultation affirmed – An important decision of British Columbia Court of Appeal reinforces the importance of early and meaningful consultation at the strategic level. The Court held that it is not good enough to delegate consultation to the operational […]

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Native Law Updates – October 2015

Here are some of the new topics in Native Law 2015, Release #5 – October, 2015 Remuneration of Chief and Council, bonus payments.  The First Nations Financial Transparency Act is discussed.  Also reviewed is a case in which chief and council were required to return a bonus payment because it breached their fiduciary duty to […]

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Native Law Updates – July 2015

Here are the July 15, 2015 updates: Education requirement to run for Chief. The Supreme Court of Canada upheld an election code that required candidates for Chief to have a minimum Grade 12 education. See paragraph 7§1042. Is there a right to a jury containing aboriginal people? The Supreme Court of Canada clarified the rules […]

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Video: Part 1 – “Protection of ‘Hunting Grounds’ is the foundation of Canadian Aboriginal & Environmental Law”

“Protection of “hunting grounds” is the foundation of Canadian Aboriginal & Environmental law.”  This is part 1 of 4 of Jack Woodward’s keynote presentation at the Canadian Bar Association’s National Aboriginal Law Conference [PDF], on June 11, 2015 at Fortress Louisberg National Historic Site, Nova Scotia. Transcript: My dear fellow lawyers in the National Aboriginal Law Section […]

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Video: Part 2 – The NDP stood up for Aboriginal people & created s. 35 of the Constitution Act

“How the NDP stood up for Aboriginal People & created section 35 of the Constitution Act”  This is part 2 of 4 of Jack Woodward’s keynote presentation at the Canadian Bar Association’s National Aboriginal Law Conference [PDF], on June 11, 2015 in Fortress Louisberg National Historic Site, Nova Scotia. Transcript: Today at lunch our speaker Manny Jules reminded us […]

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Video: Part 3 – “The Ecological Content of Aboriginal & Treaty Rights Under Section 35 Canada’s Constitution”

“The ecological content of Aboriginal & treaty rights under Section 35 of Canada’s Constitution.”  This is part 3 of 4 of Jack Woodward’s keynote presentation at the Canadian Bar Association’s National Aboriginal Law Conference [PDF], on June 11, 2015 at Fortress Louisberg National Historic Site, Nova Scotia.    

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Video: Part 4 – You can change the world – Jack Woodward on aboriginal rights

“You can change the world.”  This is part 4 of 4 of Jack Woodward’s keynote presentation at the Canadian Bar Association’s National Aboriginal Law Conference [PDF], on June 11, 2015 at Fortress Louisberg National Historic Site, Nova Scotia. Transcript: Increasingly, the burden of protecting the environment in Canada has fallen on the shoulders of aboriginal people. […]

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Board of Variance Re-Appointment

Proud to be reappointed to the Salt Spring Island Board of Variance. The board is an independent body, established to adjudicate appeals for minor variances to Salt Spring Island Zoning Bylaw No. 355 as set out in Section 889 of the Local Government Act. Click on the image to download a PDF:

Native Law Updates – May 2015

May 10, 2015: Additions to Native Law, Sixties Scoop class action, etc. Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interest or Rights Act. The “provisional” rules came into force for virtually all First Nations in Canada on December 16, 2014, and made very significant changes to the property interests of spouses on reserves. Even non-Indian spouses […]

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Native Law Updates – March 2015

Six times a year I update the loose leaf version of Native Law. Here is the March 22, 2015 update: Highlights for Native Law Release 2015 #1 Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act. Despite its expansive name, this new federal statute does not, in fact, replace the Indian Act. But as of December 16, 2014 when this statute […]

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