Considering a Career in Aboriginal Law 

Mar. 23, 2023
Victoria BC

Veuillez notez, cet événement sera disponible en anglais seulement.


Speakers: Gary Campo, Partner, Woodward & Company
John Gailus, DGW Law Corporation
Justin Fontaine, JFK Law LLP
Time: Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 12:30pm - 1:20pm (Pacific Time)
Pizza lunch included. 
Location: University of Victoria
UVIC Law Building - Fraser Building, Victoria BC, V8P 5C2
This session is for UVIC Law Students only.

A career in Aboriginal Law is an opportunity to work with Indigenous peoples, communities, First Nations, and industry on matters that intersect with issues at the federal and provincial levels including self-government, land claims, treaty rights and business or economic development. Our speakers will share their career paths to this practice area, how to secure an articling position, and tips on building your network.

The CBABC will be sponsoring a pizza lunch for attendees. Join us for a chance to win door prizes. Space is limited so register early! 


Gary Campo
Gary Campo is a partner at Woodward and Company Lawyers LLP, a large boutique law firm that provides legal services to Indigenous governments, communities, and businesses. Gary has been practicing since 2001 and provides advice on business structures and transactions, taxation, economic development, infrastructure projects on and off-reserve, environmental remediation, band governance, leasing, contractual and employment matters, and 'Indian' status issues.

In addition, Gary has an extensive background in Aboriginal rights and title. Gary was co-counsel and part of the core legal team that successfully established Aboriginal rights and title for the Tsilhqot’in Nation, where he assisted in drafting the final argument and was instrumental in working with elders and experts to present oral history and expert evidence to the court.

In addition to various presentations and publications, Gary has co-authored Business Organizations: Practice, Theory and Emerging Challenges, 2nd Ed. Chapter Four: First Nation Business Structures; and the soon to be released, Canadian Business Law, 4th Ed, Chapter Six: Indigenous Business and Economic Development in Canada.   Gary was born in North Vancouver and is a member of the Squamish Nation. 

John Gailus
John is a proud member of the Haida Nation, Cumshewa Clan. He worked at the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (“DIAND”) as the Senior Land Management & Leasing Officer for the west coast of BC before becoming a lawyer. His practice focuses on consultation, Aboriginal and Treaty rights litigation, Indian Act issues and economic development, and he is passionate about law reform for Indigenous peoples. He has extensive experience helping many First Nations and individuals to reach their corporate and economic goals through business structuring and strategic planning. 

John has appeared at all levels of court including multiple trips to the Supreme Court of Canada. He was also counsel for several First Nations during the Cohen Commission Salmon Inquiry, Site C Joint Review Panel and the National Energy Board Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion hearings. John is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Victoria where he teaches the Indigenous Lands, Rights and Governance course.

Justin Fontaine

Justin is an experienced lawyer in the field of Aboriginal, environmental, administrative, and constitutional law. His recent experience has focused on the environmental assessment and regulatory approval processes for large scale industrial projects, including: oil and natural gas pipelines, oil sands (both mining and in situ), LNG export, offshore drilling, mining (including coal, uranium, and diamonds), electricity generation and transmission, renewables (wind and solar), federal rail, marine terminal infrastructure and marine shipping, and contaminated lands.




This seminar is hosted by the Univiersity of Victoria, Faculty of Law, which is located on the Lekwungen territory, and that of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSANEC peoples. We encourage our members to explore the rich history and knowledge of Indigenous people, and to continue learning about their experience in Canada, past and present.



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