Driven by his main motivation to combat the negative impact that colonial laws have on Indigenous peoples and cultures, Jack focuses his work at W&Co. largely on Aboriginal title, Aboriginal treaty rights, governance support, protecting land and resources, and helping Indigenous businesses grow.
Jack’s studies saw him attend and graduate from Thompson Rivers University with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, where he also completed an Adventure Management Diploma. Jack then went on to UVic for law school where he completed his Juris Doctor degree with a concentration in environmental law and sustainability.
In addition to articling with W&Co., Jack had shared articles with the Environmental Law Centre at UVic, where he researched municipal jurisdiction over mining, and made recommendations to various levels of government regarding environmental issues and environmental racism effecting Indigenous peoples. Jack participated in the W̱SÁNEĆ field school during his JD, where he worked on a project regarding best practices for incorporating Indigenous Law into the covenants of a land conservancy. He also summered with West Coast Environmental Law, where he worked on projects relating to municipal planning, mining, pipeline financing and regulatory infractions, and rights infringements by police against the public and media during environmental protests.
Prior to working at W&Co. Jack worked in Outdoor Education for a variety of non-profits and schools including Power to Be, and the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island.
In his role at the firm, Jack is especially interested in work that challenges contemporary notions of “untouched wilderness” that underlay Crown assertions of sovereignty, and work that supports Indigenous environmental stewardship and self-governance.