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Support the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation Wild Salmon Defence Fund

Go to to support the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation (DFN) as they head to court to defend wild salmon from the impacts of foreign-owned factory fish farms. With your help, they can get the job done for all British Columbians who value our wild salmon resources and tourism economy.

CBC News: Dzawada’enuxw First Nation to push for removal of fish farms

June 20, 2018: The province announced Wednesday that starting in 2022, fish farms will need First Nations approval to renew their tenures. That’s not soon enough as far as the Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w First Nation is concerned. Many First Nations in the Broughton Archipelago region, where the Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w are located, have long opposed fish farms, saying their presence has a negative […]

CBC News: Dzawada’enuxw First Nation seeks injunction to stop renewal of fish farm licences

June 19, 2018: The Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w First Nation is turning to the courts to try and stop the operation of open-net fish farms in the waters in the Broughton Archipelago off the coast of British Columbia. On Tuesday morning the nation, located in the Kingcome Inlet area of the Central Coast, filed an application for an […]

CBC News: B.C. First Nation files title claim to challenge fish farms in traditional territory

June 5, 2018: The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation is taking legal action to stop the operation of open-pen fish farms on its traditional territory. The First Nation, based in the South Coast community of Kingcome Inlet, B.C., filed a claim of Aboriginal title in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday for the land and waters in and around the Broughton […]

Undercurrent News: Aboriginal title claim filed over salmon farms in Canadian court

June 4, 2018: The Dzawada’enuxw, a First Nation group in British Columbia, Canada, has filed a claim of aboriginal title in the province’s Supreme Court charging that 10 salmon farms operating in their traditional territory are doing so without their consent, reports the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, a Canadian news service […] To read more […]

APTN National News: B.C. First Nation files Aboriginal title claim challenging fish farms in their territory

June 2, 2018: The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Inlet filed a claim of Aboriginal title in British Columbia’s Supreme Court that affects ten fish farms in their traditional territory that they say are operating without their consent. “We have been saying no for 30 years,” says Lindsey Mae Willie of Dzawada’enuxw First Nation. “We have always said […]

Radio interviews on CBC’s Early Edition and Daybreak North in regards to the Trans Mountain Expansion

Jack’s interview with Stephen Quinn on the Early Edition for May 30, 2018 appears at the 51:23 minute mark and his interview with Carolina de Ryk on Daybreak North for May 30, 2018 appears at the 1 hour 23:17 minute mark. Please take a moment to listen.  

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B.C. First Nation launches first ever case to extend Aboriginal title to ocean

The Narwhal May 29, 2018: A First Nation embroiled in a fight against salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago is taking the battle to a new level by filing a claim of Aboriginal title in B.C. Supreme Court. The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation, whose main reserve is Kingcome Inlet, is claiming that tenures granted by the province […]

Aboriginal title claim threatens renewal of BC salmon farm tenures

The Common Sense Canadian, May 28, 2018: A First Nation’s claim of Aboriginal title, filed today at the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver, threatens the future of some open net pen Atlantic salmon farms. Lawyer Jack Woodward, who filed the claim on behalf of the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Inlet, warned the NDP government it […]

Radio Interview: Cooperative Federalism and the Trans Mountain Pipeline with Each For All the Co-operative Connection

Each for All, May 22, 2018: The federal government is buying the Trans Mountain pipeline in order to get Alberta oil to tidewater in what it says is “the national interest.” British Columbia is asking the court whether it can regulate the product in that pipeline – diluted bitumen-  as it defends its environment. Some First Nations […]

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2018 Native Law Publisher’s Note: Release 2

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

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APTN Nation to Nation article and video: Colonization forced Yale First Nation to sign deal with Kinder Morgan says chief

APTN April 27, 2018: Nation to Nation When Ken Hansen was elected as chief of Yale First Nation three and half years ago he immediately had a financial gun to his head. Hansen said his nation was broke and on the brink of third-party management. So he had two choices. Take a deal with Kinder […]

2018 Native Law Publisher’s Notes – Release 1

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

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National Observer piece by Mike De Souza on the Trans Mountain pipeline.

April 24, 2018: Jack is quoted in Chapter 4 ‘It’s Certainly Troubling’. Gordon Christie, a law professor from the University of British Columbia who specializes in Indigenous legal cases, said revelations about the Trans Mountain approval instructions raise questions about whether the consultations with First Nations were meaningful. “It’s certainly troubling because it goes right […]

Transcript of Jack’s interview with Michelle Eliot on CBC’s the Early Edition in regards to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

Transcription of CBC’s the Early Edition April 23, 2018 Jack Woodward’s comments on the Kinder Morgan pipeline at 1:30:07 of interview with Michelle Eliot in for Stephen Quinn. Michelle: The dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project continues. Kinder Morgan says it needs regulatory clarity in BC by May 31st in order to push […]

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Podcast of Jack’s interview with Michelle Eliot on CBC’s the Early Edition in regards to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.

To hear Jack’s interview please click here, he appears at the 1 hour and 30 minute mark.

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First Nations court challenges continue to hang over $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Vancouver Sun, April 19, 2018: First Nations court challenges that allege inadequate consultation and seek to overturn federal and B.C. approval of the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion have been overshadowed by recent debate on federal and provincial powers to regulate oil transport. But legal experts say the First Nations cases have real implications […]

Transcript: CBC’s The Current on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion divides Indigenous communities.

The Current Transcript for April 17, 2018 Host: Laura Lynch Stories from this episode: Transcript: Prologue Transcript: Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion divides Indigenous communities Transcript: Boy on the beach: How Alan Kurdi’s family are turning their grief into a fight to help refugees Transcript: Why a water-gulping Wisconsin plant is a wake-up call for Canada To read […]

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Sound clip: CBC’s The Current on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion divides Indigenous communities.

CBC the Current, April 17, 2018: As the divide thickens for politicians in B.C. and Alberta over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the sentiment also resonates with First Nations in these provinces. First Nation leaders in favour of the project argue there’s an opportunity for economic prosperity for their people. But critics warn […]

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Narwhal article by Emma Gilchrist: ‘They’re Not Getting How the Constitution Works’: Why Trudeau, Notley Can’t Steamroll B.C. on Kinder Morgan Pipeline

The Narwhal, April 13, 2018: In the fall of 1981, Jack Woodward was a young lawyer in Ottawa when NDP leader Ed Broadbent and prime minister Pierre Trudeau struck a deal to include aboriginal rights in the Canadian constitution. “I banged out a first draft,” Woodward recalls. “I typed it out on a manual typewriter. […]