Oral histories must be "placed on an equal footing with the types of historical evidence that courts are familiar with.... "
Delgamuukw, SCC 1997
In my opinion, Bruce’s academic and legal training places him at the forefront of the legal profession.
Alan Grove, Legal Historian, Victoria, B.C.
The majority of the past wrongs done by Canada to First Nations remain unsettled. Many of these are either eligible to be or have been filed under Canada's Specific Claims policy.
We work with our clients to:
- develop the legal analysis for potential claims
- negotiate claims accepted by Canada or a province
- file claims with the Specific Claims Tribunal
With an extensive understanding of the facts and historical processes fundamental to specific claims, we offer our clients a unique combination of knowledge of both history and the law.
By consistently taking a strategic approach, we have assisted our clients successfully negotiate numerous specific claim settlement agreements.
When negotiations do not result in a satisfactory resolution for our clients, we assist our clients to advance their interests at the Specific Claims Tribunal.
Public Speaking & Publications
Through speaking engagements and publications, we work to explain the workings of the specific claims process to better position First Nations for success. We have also explored many of the historical issues underlying specific claims.
- Waiting for the Honour of the Crown: Case Comment on Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte v. Canada (July 5, 2013)
- A New Basis for Specific Claims? (April 23, 2013)
- Canada asks Court to Overturn Specific Claims Tribunal's First Decision (April 1, 2013)
- Canadian Specific Claims Tribunal’s First Decision (March 19, 2013)
- "An Overview of the Specific Claims Tribunal Act and Specific Claims Process," Specific Claims: Opportunities & Challenges, PBLI Conference, Ottawa, May, 2011
- "Manifestations of Power: Native Resistance to the Resettlement of British Columbia," Beyond the City Limits: Rural History in British Columbia, ed. R. W. Sandwell, UBC Press, 1999
- Kenichi Matsui, Native Peoples and Water Rights: Irrigation, Dams and the Law in Western Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009), Canadian Journal of Native Studies (book review).
- Robin Jarvis Brownlie, A Fatherly Eye: Indian Agents, Government Power, and Aboriginal Resistance in Ontario, 1918-1939, Canadian Historical Review, 85.4 (Dec. 2004): 796-8 (book review).
- Paul Tennant, Aboriginal Peoples and Politics: The Indian Land Question in British Columbia, 1849-1989, Great Plains Research, 4.1 (Spring, 1994) (book review).
- Kerry Abel and Jean Friesen, eds., Aboriginal Resource Use: Historical and Legal Aspects, Canadian Journal of Law & Society, 8:1, (Spring, 1993) (book review).
If you would like assistance with developing the legal analysis for a potential specific claim, negotiating a specific claim, or have a claim you are considering filing at the Specific Claims Tribunal, please contact us: