J. Berry Hykin
J. Berry Hykin*


As a partner and solicitor at Woodward and Company, Berry works closely with First Nations to negotiate, develop, and implement legal and administrative tools to support self-governance and protect their Indigenous traditions and ways of life. In doing so, her practice includes lands and environmental management, on-reserve housing, band governance, economic development, and employment law with a focus on assisting employer First Nations and Aboriginal groups.

Before coming to Victoria, Berry lived on a farm in the West Kootenays. She obtained an honours with distinction BA in Classical Studies from the University of Victoria and Boston College, as well as a J.D. from the University of Victoria, where she took an intensive Indigenous Legal Studies program.

As well as her current practice of Indigenous law, Berry is trained in civil mediation and family law mediation. Berry has been with Woodward & Company since 2004, when she first joined as a student. She was called to the BC Bar in September 2006, and the Alberta Bar in January 2011.

Berry is passionate about sharing knowledge and teaching. She regularly presents at conferences and workshops, has appeared as a guest instructor at UVic Law, and volunteers her time to speak to high school students and others about the law and Indigenous rights in Canada whenever the opportunity presents.

^ Denotes a ULC

“Employment Law in the Equestrian Industry During COVID-19”, webinar for Horse Council BC, April 2021”

“A National Online Conversation on Indigenous Laws – The Federal Contraventions Act: a possible tool for enforcement?”, presentation with Murray Browne (W&Co) and Andrew Beynon (LABRC), Lands Advisory Board Resource Centre Webinar Workshop, June 2020

“Indigenous Nations and COVID-19”, presentation Canadian Bar Association BC, Aboriginal Law Joint Section Meeting, Webinar, May 2020.

“Collective Rights Under Canada’s Constitution”, Joint presentation with Paul Yearwood (AGBC), Mark Power (Juristes Power Law) and Madelaine Mackenzie (Juristes Power Law) Canadian Bar Association Law Series, Webinar, June 2018.

“Wilson v. Atomic Energy: Where Do We Stand?”, Joint presentation with Geoff Howard (Roper Greyell) and Martin Sheard (Tevlin Gleadle Curtis) Canadian Bar Association Labour Law and Employment Law Joint Section Meeting, Vancouver, B.C. December 2016

“Contaminated Sites on First Nation Lands”, 2016 Site Remediation in B.C. Conference – B.C. Ministry of Environment. Vancouver, BC, September 2016.

“Development on First Nations Lands Laws of General Application”, Real Estate Development on First Nation Lands – Pacific Business & Law Institute. Vancouver, BC, September 2016.

“Developing and Revising an Effective Housing Policy”, First Nations Housing Strategies – Infonex Professional Development, Vancouver, BC, March 2016.

“Housing Authorities: Pros, Cons and Best Practices”, Workshop on Housing Authorities – Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council, Nanaimo, BC, March, 2016

“Legal and Regulatory Framework for Structural Fill and Solid Waste Management On-Reserve”, Fill & Commercial Solid Waste Workshops – Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council, Chilliwack and Duncan, BC, February and March, 2016.

“Legislative Implications of Environmental Management Under Land Code” & “Strategies for Enforcement of Environmental and Other Laws Under Land Code”, Environmental Management and Land Use Workshop – First Nations Lands Management Resource Centre. Saskatoon, SK, October 2015.

“Environmental Regulation on Reserve”, Real Estate Development on First Nation Lands – Pacific Business & Law Institute. Vancouver, BC, February 2014. Co-presented with Eamon Murphy.

“First Nations Issues in Employment Law”, Employment Law Conference – Continuing Legal Education Society of BC. Vancouver, BC, May 2012. Co-written with Leah Mack.

“The Different Types of Land Interests on Reserve”, Insight: Aboriginal Land Resources and Management Forum. Vancouver, BC, February 2012. Presented for Gary Campo.

“First Nations Governments as Employers”, Employment Law Conference – Continuing Legal Education Society of BC. Vancouver, BC, May 2010. Co-written with Eamon Murphy and Leah Mack.

“Accommodation – How Does Consultation Get There?”, University of Alberta – Working Forum on the Duty to Consult. Edmonton, AB, October 2009. Moderator.

“HST: Implications for First Nations Governments and Businesses”, Annual National Forum on First Nations Property Taxation – First Nations Tax Administrator’s Association. Edmonton, AB, September 2009. Co-presented with Heather Mahoney.




J. Berry Hykin


Assistant: Tyra Shupe


Professional Standing

Member, Law Society of Alberta (2011)

Member, Law Society of B.C. (2006)

Member, Canadian Bar Association of BC

Member, Victoria Bar Association