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B.C. argues Nuchatlaht Nation ‘abandoned’ its territory. Lawyer reminds court ‘land was stolen’

B.C. argues Nuchatlaht Nation ‘abandoned’ its territory. Lawyer reminds court ‘land was stolen’ In the first-ever title case argued in B.C. since the province introduced UNDRIP legislation, Crown lawyers assert the nation lost territorial rights by not consistently occupying their lands. Experts say the argument is strange, possibly illegal and a step back for reconciliation. […]

Nuchatlaht Intervenes in SCC HMTQ V RICHARD LEE DESAUTEL

Nuchatlaht Intervenes in SCC HMTQ V RICHARD LEE DESAUTEL Nuchatlaht intervened in the Desautel case to resist BC’s argument about abandonment. The Nuchatlaht did not abandon their territory. They were forced off their land by colonial and provincial laws, and the Nuchatlaht have common cause with the Sinixt on that point. With the 2019 statute […]

Jack Woodward to Speak at the Pacific Business & Law Institute Webinar

Jack Woodward to Speak at the Pacific Business & Law Institute Webinar   January 12, 2021 The Pacific Business & Law Institute is hosting an online webinar where experts will present on the topic of Aboriginal litigation. The list of presenters includes but is not limited to Jack Woodward, Q.C., Mark Underhill,  Jennifer Chow, Q.C., […]

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Land Back: A webinar with Nuchatlaht Leaders!

Land Back: A webinar with Nuchatlaht Leaders! Join us on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5 pm PT/ 8pm ET online to hear from the Nuchatlaht people about their groundbreaking title case, their strong and sustainable vision for their lands and waters and how you can help. Speakers will include Nuchatlaht House Speaker Archie Little and […]

Native Law 2020 Release – 5

2020-5 Woodward Native Law This Release includes some updates to the law, and important revisions to the section Words and Phrases: Words and Phrases. The field of aboriginal law is inherently about definitions. Ever since 1763, when the Royal Proclamation created special laws for the protection of the lands of the “several Tribes and Nations of […]

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Native Law 2020 Release – 4

2020-4 Woodward Native Law This Release includes updates to the law in the following important areas: Both Canada and the Provinces are bound by fiduciary obligations and the principle of the Honour of the Crown. See cases and explanatory notes at paragraphs 3§1270, 3§1390, 3§1840, and 4§125. Labour law: Provincial labour laws may apply to emergency medical services on […]

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Native Law 2020 Release – 3

2020-3 Woodward Native Law This Release includes updates to the law in the following important areas: Whether public schools may offer an Indigenous cultural component. The B.C. Supreme Court held that it does not offend religious freedoms for a school to host demonstrations of Indigenous beliefs and practices. See paragraph 14§245. Canada’s new Indigenous Child Welfare legislation. An […]

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Native Law 2020 Release – 2

2020-2 Woodward Native Law This Release includes updates to the law in the following important areas: Major change to organization of the federal government. This release reflects the changes to the former Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, which has been split into two departments: the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and the […]

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Native Law 2020 Release – 1

2020-1 Woodward Native Law This Release includes updates to the law in the following important areas: “Public Body”. A band, as a “public body” can be subjected to the minimum $100,000 fine for violation of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. Further, the law is developed relating to what “body of Indians” means in s. 2(1) of […]

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Cloud-based Document Management at Federal Court

The cloud-based document management program, CaseLines, was introduced at the Federal Court of Canada this week, used by the parties and the Court in a motion to strike before Prothonotary Aalto. Jack Woodward, Q.C., representing the Plaintiff First Nation, gave other counsel access to a Hearing File created in CaseLines a week before the hearing. […]

Why an Alberta court decision to quash an oilsands project affects Treaty Rights cases in B.C.

A recent ruling by three Appeal Court justices has transformed the nature of Treaty 8 First Nations’ legal battles against the Site C dam and oil and gas development, finding the Crown must consider the cumulative impacts of industrial projects.   Jack Woodward, who along with Joseph Arvay represented the Fort McKay First Nation before […]

Alberta’s top court overturns oil sands mine approval over First Nations concerns for land

Alberta’s highest court has overturned regulatory approvals for a $440-million oil sands project that would have encroached on land a First Nation considers sacred. In a strongly worded judgment, three justices of the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled that the Alberta Energy Regulator violated the honour of the Crown when it approved the proposal even […]

All Points West with Kathryn Marlow: What does Delgamuukw, the 1997 court ruling, have to do with the Wet’suwet’en protests?

As the Wet’suwet’en protests continue, people are talking about a landmark court case in 1997, called Delgamuukw. Some say it established title for the Wet’suwet’en, but it’s not that simple. Jack Woodward, an expert in indigenous law, joined Kathryn Marlow to explain. Listen here… 

The Narwhal – In the wake of Indigenous rights declaration, BC’s lawyers make ‘distasteful’ arguments in First Nations title case.

The province is arguing the Nuchatlaht, who have never ceded control of their traditional territory in Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island, abandoned their land – while the nation reminds the court their land was stolen.  Read more…

First Nation urges UCP to approve Moose Lake Plan

The chief of the Fort McKay First Nation remembers when he first went out to the Moose Lake area in northern Alberta to learn how to hunt and trap with his family.  Read more…  

First Nation appeals for responsible oilsands development

Lawyers for Fort McKay First Nation appeared in court Tuesday over the Alberta Energy Regulator’s approval of an oilsands project on treaty land and hopes to fight for responsible development in the Moose Lake area.   Read more…

The Narwhal Articles

Forest Management a natural place to start Jack Woodward, an Aboriginal rights lawyer who served as legal counsel on the landmark Tsilhqot’in title case, said while Aboriginal rights and treaty rights are governed by the constitution, the province can look for ways to support reconciliation within its own jurisdiction.  Read more…

The Narwhal

Landmark Legislation On the heels of the federal election, there was a monumental moment for Indigenous rights here in British Columbia, with the introduction of a provincial law to implement the United Nations Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Read more…  

E-Hearings for Chambers Applications

E-Hearings are underway for lengthy chambers applications in The Nuchatlaht v. BC [VA 17-0606] before Justice Myers of the British Columbia Supreme Court.  The Plaintiffs elected to argue their portion of three applications using the E-Trial platform, Caselines.  This is the first time Caselines has been used in Canada for chambers applications. To read more on […]

Native Law 2019 Release- 4

Please click here to view the  2019 Release 4 Publisher’s Note for Native Law

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