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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

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Native Law 2019 Release-1

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First Nation sues Canadian federal government over fish farm licenses

Seafood Source, January 16, 2019: The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation filed a claim in Vancouver federal court last Thursday against Canada’s federal government for authorizing licenses for 10 fish farms in tribal waters without consulting or seeking consent from the group. The Dzawada’enuxwm, from Kingcome Inlet, British Columbia, Canada, say that the net-pen Atlantic salmon farms […]

New Vancouver art exhibit explores Indigenous land and water rights

CBC News January 13, 2019: A new multi-media art exhibition in Vancouver explores questions of Indigenous jurisdiction and land and water rights. Marianne Nicolson is a member of the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation in Kingcome Inlet on B.C.’s central coast. She worked with more than 10 other artists there last summer using film, video, social media, weaving, animation, drawing, language and song to […]

B.C. First Nation sues feds over Atlantic salmon farming in Pacific waters

CBC News January 12, 2019: A British Columbia First Nation is suing the federal government for allowing Atlantic salmon farming in its waters, which it says is a violation of its Aboriginal rights. Dzawada’enuxw First Nation filed a claim in Vancouver federal court Thursday alleging that 10 fish farms located in the waters of their […]

B.C. First Nation files lawsuit to evict fish farms from territorial waters

CTV News January 12, 2019: In B.C.’s remote Kingcome Inlet, the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation is fighting to remove all fish farms from their traditional territory — farms that they say they never approved. To evict the 10 area fish farms, the Dzawada’enuxw have launched a lawsuit against the federal government, claiming that Ottawa failed to […]

Jack Woodward’s Wikipedia Page

Jack Woodward QC (born October 3, 1951) is a Canadian lawyer. He specialises in Canadian Aboriginal law and is the author of Native Law,[1] which is considered the leading Canadian publication on Aboriginal Law.[2] Woodward has practiced law since 1979, primarily in the areas of Aboriginal law and environmental law. He has represented more than a hundred First Nations groups and organisations in a wide […]

The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation files lawsuit against Canada on fish farms dispute

National Observer January 10, 2019: Dzawada’enuxw First Nation community members, including matriarchs, elected and traditional leaders, and artists, were in Vancouver Thursday to announce their decision to sue the Government of Canada. The First Nation, from Kingcome Inlet, B.C., filed a statement of claim in federal court in Vancouver on Thursday, arguing the federal government authorized […]

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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]