Dominique Nouvet
Dominique Nouvet*

Associate Counsel

In her role as senior associate counsel at Woodward and Company, Dominique’s practice spans consultation and accommodation, Aboriginal rights and title, treaty rights litigation, Indian Act and First Nation election disputes, Supreme Court of Canada interventions, administrative law, and drafting matrimonial real property laws.

With a multilingual background in English, French, and Spanish, Dominique received her International Baccalaureate (bilingual) from Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, later going on to obtain a Bachelor of Economics from McGill University. During and after her studies, she received several prestigious awards, including the Dean’s Key award for academic and extra-curricular performance, as well as the Aird & Berlis Prize for overall academic achievement.

After completing her law degree at the University of Toronto, Dominique clerked with Justice Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is currently called to the Bars of BC, New Brunswick, and Nunavut.

Since then, Dominique’s work has seen her negotiate with all levels of government and industry proponents in pursuit of federal law reform and improved policy for First Nations communities. Her primary efforts focus on drafting First Nations laws, advising First Nations on legal and policy implications, settlement agreements, consultation protocols, and negotiating reconciliation and rights implementation agreements.

* Denotes a law corporation.

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

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.