The Indian Act is one of the oldest pieces of legislation in Canada. It was first – the first version of it was enacted in 1868 just a few months after Confederation and it’s been in place almost unchanged in its essence since then, and I’m speaking to you in 2016, and there’s still a statute on the books called the Indian Act. It contains some obsolete and even offensive material that really should be scrubbed from the books. And I want to talk about the question of whether or not it’s feasible to simply repeal the Indian Act – to just get rid of it, to just abolish the Indian Act. And I want to say this about it: Continue reading “Repealing the Indian Act: What to Keep; What to Discard”
On January 20, 2017, I filed a civil claim in the Supreme Court of British Columbia on behalf of the Nuchatlaht First Nation. Continue reading “Official Notice of Civil Claim in Nuchatlaht Case”
On the steps of B.C.’s Supreme Court, Jack Woodward Lawyer spoke plainly about the civil case his client, the Nuchatlaht First Nation, had just filed against the federal and provincial governments over land title. Continue reading “Nuchatlaht Seek Title to Hereditary Land”
In a recent piece in the Vancouver Sun, lawyer Troy Hunter outlines why British Columbia’s legal foundation is on shaky ground. The province is built largely on unceded Aboriginal land, which leaves it in a precarious position legally. Continue reading “Troy Hunter: The Land Question Should Be A Concern for B.C.”
The Nuchatlaht First Nation has hired Jack Woodward and his team to handle its legal quest to have the BC Supreme Court recognize its right and title to traditional lands on Vancouver Island.
Woodward successfully represented the Tsilhqot’in Nation in its Aboriginal-title claim in 2014. The case was the first time the Supreme Court has recognized Aboriginal-title. In it, the court ruled a semi-nomadic community had ownership rights on land even if it resided on that land part-time. Continue reading “Nuchatlaht Tab Jack Woodward Lawyer to Lead Land Claim Case”
In an historic move, the Nuchatlaht First Nation has filed an Aboriginal-title claim in British Columbia.
The claim calls for the federal and provincial governments to recognize aboriginal title to the Nuchatlaht’s land on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It also calls for a stop to logging in the area by Western Forest Products. Continue reading “Times Colonist: Vancouver Island First Nation Files Historic Aboriginal-Title Claim”
Almost every area of British Columbia is subject to either Aboriginal rights or treaty rights. Continue reading “Canadian Law: Exploring the 16 Types of Aboriginal Land Interests in BC”
Very glad to have launched a website since setting up my new practice in the wonderful town of Campbell River, British Columbia!
For the now the site will be pretty simple. A quick way to find me on the internet and contact me. But over time, I will continue to add helpful information to the Jack Woodward Lawyer site and hopefully people will find it a helpful resource in the area of Aboriginal law.