Alan Hanna

Associate Counsel

Alan started as a summer student with Woodward & Company LLP in 2013, returning to the firm to article in the spring of 2014 after graduating from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. He was called to the BC Bar in 2015, when he joined the firm’s team of legal professionals. He holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology with a Minor in Indigenous Studies from the University of Victoria. His areas of interest are Indigenous legal traditions, First Nations jurisdiction, rights and title, environmental protection and sustainability, social justice in reconciling settler society with First Nations, and advocating for animals.

During his education, Alan was a member of the Indigenous Law Students Association and received the Keith B. Jobson Award for leadership, community interest and academic excellence with respect to Aboriginal issues; David Roberts Prize in Legal Writing; Janes Freedman Kyle Law Corporation Prize in Indigenous Lands, Rights and Governance; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Award; and Millennium Excellence Scholarship.

Alan hails from the west coast of British Columbia in Kwikwetlam traditional territory. He enjoys the honour of visiting First Nation communities to work with people toward achieving their goals. Alan extends respectful gratitude to the First Nations on whose lands he is privileged to be able to live and work.


Selected Presentations & Publications

Secwepemc Laws Workshop, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council. Kamloops, BC, 11-13 February, 2015.

“Principles and Procedures in the Tsilhqot’in Legal Tradition”, Working with and within Indigenous Legal Traditions – Canadian Bar Association’s National Aboriginal Law Conference. Victoria, BC, 12 April, 2013.

“The Research Experience and Outcomes”, Accessing Justice and Reconciliation Conference – Indigenous Bar Association 24th Annual Fall Conference. Winnipeg, MB, 19 October, 2012.

“Principles and Procedures in the Tsilhqot’in Legal Tradition”, Indigenous Law in the World (Where is it? What does it look like? What is it doing?) – University of Victoria Faculty of Law. Victoria, BC, 8 September, 2012.

“The Ethics of Agency: Action Anthropology and Contemporary Research in Canada”, Explorations in Practice delivered at the University of British Columbia Graduate Student Conference. Vancouver, BC, March 2011.

Crown—First Nations Relationships: A Comparative Analysis of the Tsawwassen Final Agreement and Tsilhqot’in v. British Columbia. (MA Thesis, University of Victoria Department of Anthropology, 2011) [unpublished].

“Making the Round: Aboriginal Title in the Common Law from a Tsilhqot’in Legal Perspective”, (2015) 45:3 Ottawa L Rev 365.


Alan Hanna


Assistant: Kathleen McKerracher


Professional Standing

Member, Law Society of British Columbia, 2015

Member, Canadian Bar Association since 2011

Other Activities

Facilitator, Legal Process, Indigenous legal traditions, University of Victoria (2012 to present)