About Jack Woodward

Jack Woodward specializes in Aboriginal rights and title work in Canada, with many years of expertise accumulated from his high profile court cases, notable legal work and writings on the topic of First Nation law.

In 1989, Jack wrote Aboriginal Law in Canada, which continues to be a trusted and key resource text today. The authoritative publication has been relied upon by the Courts of Canada, included in the following cases:

  • The Supreme Court of British Columbia in Ignace v British Columbia (Attorney General), 2019 BCSC 10
  • The Supreme Court of Canada in Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Governor General in Council), 2018 SCC 40
  • The Supreme Court of Canada in Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v. Enbridge Pipelines Inc., 2017 SCC 41
  • The Federal Court of Canada in Canada v. Munsee-Delaware Nation, 2015 FC 366


Woodward was born in New Westminster, B.C., and was raised in Surrey, B.C., on a portion of his great-great-grandfather William Woodward’s farm, near the present Woodward Hill Elementary School. Woodward’s great-grandfather John Woodward’s sister, Elizabeth Woodward, was married to John Oliver, the 19th Premier of British Columbia.

Woodward’s great grandfather Edmund Wade’s brother was doctor, historian and publisher Mark Sweeten Wade. Woodward graduated from Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School in 1969. BA, 1974 University of British Columbia, LL.B 1978, University of Victoria.

When he isn’t working with his law firm, Jack devotes his time to other interests including writing, farming, and beekeeping.

See Wikipedia article: Jack Woodward.

Politics and Charitable Organizations:

  • Director of the Centre for the Defence of Indigenous Lands
  • Founded R.A.V.E.N
  • Founded Friends of Nemiah Valley
  • Ran for Parliament in 1980 for the NDP