Gary Campo
Gary Campo*

Partner

Gary began his legal career at Woodward & Company in 2000 and eventually became partner. For the first seven years of Gary’s practice his primary focus was Aboriginal title and rights, with a secondary focus on band governance and business.  Gary was part of the core legal team that established Aboriginal title and rights for the Tsilhqot’in Nation and was instrumental in working with elders to present oral history evidence to the court.  Since 2007 Gary has continued his focus on a general practice for First Nations, with experience in settlement negotiations, business transactions, taxation, economic development, reserve infrastructure projects, environmental remediation, band governance, leasing, contractual and employment matters, and ‘Indian’ status issues.

Gary was born in North Vancouver and is a member of the Squamish Nation.  Gary is the recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Scholarship Award, the Keith B. Jobson Award and the Chief Michael Underwood Award for leadership, community interest and academic excellence with respect to First Nation issues.

Gary has served on the National and Vancouver Island Executive of the CBA Aboriginal Law Section for many years. Gary also served as the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, Native Law Students Association Vice President, Treasurer and Co-President in 1997, 1998 and 1999, respectively.

* Denotes a law corporation.

Selected Presentations & Publications

Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, 2007 BCSC 1700 (leave to appeal granted,
final SCC decision in 2014 SCC 44) (the Tsilhqot’in aboriginal title and aboriginal rights trial judgment)

“Oral History Does Make a Difference: Tsilhqot’in v BC et al”, National Aboriginal Law Conference, Indigenous Perspectives Influence Canadian Law – Canadian Bar Association. Yellowknife, NWT, February 2008.


“Do Aboriginal Laws Make a Difference: Tsilhqot’in v BC et al”, CBA, National Aboriginal Law Conference: Working With and Within Indigenous Legal Traditions. Victoria, B.C., April 11-12, 2013.


“The Different Types of Land Interest on Reserves”, Insight: Aboriginal Land Resource and Management Forum. Vancouver, B.C., January 31 – February 1, 2012.


“Land Interests on Reserve”, Native Court Worker & Counselling Association of British Columbia, Aboriginal People and the Law Programme. Vancouver, B.C., April 15, 2011.


“Oral History in the Evidentiary Context”, University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, Evidence Course, July 2009.


“Overlaps in the Business Context (Trusts, Tax, and Business Structure Planning)”, Moderator and Organizer, National Aboriginal Law Conference, Overlapping Territory Claims: Models for Dispute Resolution and the Business Context – Canadian Bar Association. Victoria, BC, June 2009.


“Tax Exemptions Available to First Nations”, First Nations Taxation Workshop. Duncan, B.C., November 2008.


“Williams (aka Tsilhqot’in) v. BC et al: The Challenges & Success with Oral History”, Aboriginal Title Conference. Westbank, BC, January 2008.


“The Tsilhqot’in Aboriginal Title Case”, Assembly of First Nations, Special Chiefs Meeting. Ottawa, ON, December 2007.


“The Tsilhqot’in Aboriginal Title Case: What Does it Mean?”, Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, Special Chiefs Meeting. Vancouver, B.C., November 2007.


“Oral History Used in the Courts”, CBA National Aboriginal Law Section, Federal Court Liaison Meeting, Presentation to the Federal Court. Manitoba, MB, March 2007.


“Oral History, Sword or Shield?”, World on the Edge Conference – Society for Applied Anthropology. Vancouver, BC, March 2006.


“Obstacles in Putting Oral History Before the Court”, Aboriginal Law Vancouver Island Section – Canadian Bar Association. Victoria, BC, October 2005.


“What is Aboriginal Title?”, Naghataneqed Secondary School, Nemiah Valley, BC, 2002.

“From LPs to LLPs: How First Nations Businesses Can Structure Partnerships to Minimize Tax Liabilities”, National Aboriginal Law Conference: Building Indigenous Economies: Aboriginal Economic Development in Canada – Canadian Bar Association. Membertou, NS, June 11-12, 2015.


Do Aboriginal Laws Make a Difference: Tsilhqot’in v BC et al”, National Aboriginal Law Conference: Working With and Within Indigenous Legal Traditions – Canadian Bar Association. Victoria, BC, April 11-12, 2013.


“Oral History Does Make a Difference: Tsilhqot’in v BC et al”, National Aboriginal Law Conference, Indigenous Perspectives Influence Canadian Law – Canadian Bar Association. Yellowknife, NWT, February 2008.

CONTACT DETAILS

Gary Campo

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Assistant: Jamie Zyla

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Professional Standing

Member, Law Society of B.C. (2001-Present)

Member, Canadian Bar Association (2001 – Present)

Executive Member of the CBA National Aboriginal Law Section (2007-2011)

Treasurer of the CBA National Aboriginal Law Section (2005-2007)

Secretary of the CBA National Aboriginal Law Section (2002-2005)

Executive Member of the CBA Aboriginal Law Subsection, Vancouver Island (2007-Present)

Treasurer of the CBA Aboriginal Law Subsection, Vancouver Island (2005-2007)

Member of the BC Law Society Equity and Diversity Committee Working Group (1999, 2004-2005)

University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, Student Law Society, First Year Class President (1997)

Other Activities

Gary loves spending time with family, softball, golf, history, and listening to old-timer stories.