Aboriginal Business


March 12, 2015 Presentation at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver, BC

On June 26, 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada case Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, 2014 SCC 44 granted declaration of Aboriginal title to more than 1,700 square kilometers of land in British Columbia to the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, the first time the court has made such a ruling regarding Aboriginal Land.  The decision, written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, has future implications for economic and resource development on First Nations lands.


My presentation stated the following:

1. Tsilhqot’in clarifies First Nation–Industry partnership.

2. Tsilhqot’in allows greater control for First Nation business development.

3. Aboriginal–Industry Business Development cannot exist in a vacuum.

4. Aboriginal small business infrastructure must be further developed.

5. Inter-tribal trade and investment is key to stronger Aboriginal–Industry economic partnerships.


Should you or your company wish to discus the economic opportunities and challenges that await a company or First Nation in this new and developing business climate, contact me so that we can discuss your circumstances and how you can best move forward.


Wayne Garnons-Williams (613)778-8685 / wayne@garwilllaw.com