Video: Lead lawyer explains Tsilhqot’in case, aboriginal title and rights

The Common Sense Canadian, July 4, 2014: In early 2008, on the heels of BC Supreme Court Justice David Vickers’ initial ruling in favour of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation’s Williams case, I interviewed the plaintiff’s lead lawyer, Jack Woodward at his office in Victoria.

Throughout this in-depth discussion, Woodward details the case itself, the intersection of aboriginal title and rights with BC’s fascinating colonial history, and the implications of the decision on the future of resource development in the province and across the country – everything from mines to hydroelectric development and oil and gas.

Nearly seven years later, Woodward’s comments prove every bit as insightful and relevant, with the Tsilhqot’in victory at the Supreme Court of Canada – aptly called a “game-changer” for resource development in Canada.

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