Year: 2018

Fort McKay First Nation sues Alberta government, says oilsands project threatens sacred site

The Canadian Press, December 11, 2018: An Alberta First Nation is suing the province over development approvals that the band says threaten sacred land the government has promised to protect. “We will not stand idly by and let the area be destroyed,” Jim Boucher, chief of the Fort McKay First Nation, said in a release. […]

Fort McKay First Nation files for an injunction to save Moose Lake from industrial development

On December 3, 2018 Jack Woodward commenced an action on behalf of Fort McKay First Nation for an injunction to save Moose Lake from industrial development.[1] The case is expected to prevent Alberta from authorizing underground mining of bitumen (through either SAGD[2], or an experimental microwave process[3]) in the last remaining part of Fort McKay’s […]

2018 Native Law Publisher’s Notes: Release 5

You can read the Publisher’s Notes for releases 2018-1 to 2018-5 here.

  • Native Law Updates

Dzawada’enuxw First Nation held a series of information sessions for its members

From November 24th to 28th, the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation held a series of information sessions for its members located across Vancouver Island and on the mainland. Traditional Chief Willie Moon explained the Nation’s history with the fish farms, and how the decision to launch the title claim and judicial review came about. Lawyer Ethan Krindle was present […]

  • Public Speaking

Indigenous Forests Discussion Roundtable in Nanaimo hosted by the Sierra Club of BC

E.J. Woodward Law Corporation lawyer, Ethan Krindle, gave a presentation  on active and potential title, rights and the current legal landscape.

  • Public Speaking

Ian Waddell’s Take The Torch: A Polictical Memoir is published

The full history of Jack’s involvement with preparing the first draft of what would eventually become s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, is set out in Ian Waddell’s polictical memoir “Take the Torch”.  Here’s a Vancouver Sun interview of Ian Waddell speaking about “Take The Torch: A Political Memoir”.

2018 Native Law Publisher’s Notes: Release 4

You can read the Publisher’s Notes for releases 2018-1 to 2018-5 here.

  • Native Law Updates

The death of Trans Mountain pipeline signals future of Indigenous rights: Chiefs

The Narwhal, August 30, 2018: As a federal court quashes the controversial project, lawyers and Indigenous leaders agree it’s more clear than ever that Canada must modernize its view of Aboriginal rights. As Grand Chief Stewart Phillip prepared for the Federal Court of Appeal decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Thursday morning his expectations were […]

CBC Radio Interview: Federal Court of Appeal quashes Trans Mountain pipeline project

August 30, 2018 – Jack was on air for the full hour on CBC’s BC Today with Angela Sterritt commenting on the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline project.

  • Interviews

First Nation files judicial review of provincial salmon farm tenure extensions

North Island Gazette, July 24, 2018: The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation (DFN) from Kingcome Inlet, B.C. has filed a petition for a judicial review in the BC Supreme Court challenging the provincial government’s decision to allow recently expired tenures for salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago region to continue to operate on a month-to-month basis. “In […]