Dominique Nouvet
Dominique Nouvet

Senior Counsel

Dominique has specialized in Aboriginal law since 2003. Her principal areas of practice include: consultation and accommodation, Aboriginal rights and title and Treaty rights litigation, Indian Act and First Nation election disputes, Supreme Court of Canada interventions, administrative law and drafting Matrimonial Real Property Laws. This work includes negotiating with all levels of government and industry proponents and drafting consultation protocols, settlement agreements, and accommodation agreements for First Nations, negotiating and drafting treaty language, advising First Nations on the legal implications of proposed or existing legislation, advising First Nations on the development and application of their internal by-laws and policies, drafting First Nation laws, and advocating for provincial and federal law reform. She works regularly with Aboriginal groups in BC, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick.

Dominique received her International Baccalaureate (bilingual) from Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific and obtained a Bachelor of Economics from McGill University. After completing her law degree at the University of Toronto, she clerked with Justice Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada. Dominique was called to both the British Columbia and Ontario Bars in 2002.

Dominique speaks English, French and Spanish.

Selected Cases, Presentations & Publications

Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, [2007] B.C.J. No. 2465, 2007 BCSC 1700 (leave to appeal granted, Final SCC decision in 2014 SCC 44).

Taseko Mines Limited v. Phillips, 2011 BCSC 1675.

Keewatin v. Ontario (Minister of Natural Resources, [2006] OJ No.3418

Beckman v. Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, 2010 SCC 53

Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Minister of Canadian Heritage), 2005 SCC 69.

Haida Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests), 2004 SCC 73

Contributing Author, Native Law (Toronto: Carswell, 2009)


Dominique Nouvet


Assistant: Jamie Zyla


Professional Standing

Member, Law Society of B.C. (2002)

Member, Law Society of Upper Canada (2002)

Former Secretary, Aboriginal Law Subsection, Vancouver Island, Cdn. Bar Assoc. (BC)


Dean’s Key (June 2000) (Awarded to a graduating student on the basis of academic and extra-curricular performance.)

C.C.H. Canadian Ltd. Prize in Tax Policy (June 1999)

1999 Laskin Moot team awards: First Place Factum and First Place Pair

Aird & Berlis Prize (for overall academic performance) and Michael John Eccles Prize in Criminal Law (June 1998)

Other Activities

Dominique designed and co-taught a course at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law about the limits of the judiciary in recognizing and protecting Aboriginal rights.