Michelle Bradley

Contact Details

Michelle Bradley

Assistant: Jenna Hamilton


Throughout Michelle’s career, she has worked exclusively for Indigenous peoples to achieve their goals, including the protection of their rights. Michelle’s practice spans assisting Indigenous peoples with drafting and implementing laws and policies; governance matters; specific claims; consultation and accommodation with industry and government; negotiation; and litigation.

Michelle regularly advises clients on the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate and the Crown’s fiduciary obligations. She endeavors to hold the Crown to the highest standard of conduct, and to ensure meaningful protection for Aboriginal and treaty rights, Aboriginal title, and reserve lands.

Michelle works with clients to develop, negotiate and litigate specific claims. She is also experienced in negotiating, developing and implementing the legal and administrative structures to support self-governance.

Prior to joining Woodward & Company in 2020, Michelle practiced at another Aboriginal law firm for 8 years, clerked at the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, and served as the editor for the Australian Indigenous Law Review. She has appeared in all three levels of court in British Columbia, the Federal Courts, the Supreme Court of Canada and various administrative tribunals, including the Nunavut Impact Review Board, the National Energy Board and the Specific Claims Tribunal.

Michelle obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Development and English with distinction from McGill University. She then went on to attend law school at the University of New South Wales, graduating with honours. She was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2013, the Yukon Bar in 2020, and the Northwest Territories Bar in 2022.

Membership & Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia (2013)
  • Member, Law Society of Yukon (2020)
  • Member, Law Society of Northwest Territories (2022)

Practice Areas

  • Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
  • Aboriginal Title
  • Consultation and Accommodation
  • Housing
  • Land Code
  • RIRSD & G2G Agreements
  • Specific Claims
  • Strategic Reconciliation Planning
  • Treaty Negotiation and Implementation

Selected Cases

Tsleil-Waututh Nation v. Canada (AG), 2018 FCA 153 – establishing that Canada failed to fulfil its obligations to consult and accommodate the Squamish Nation prior to approving the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

Blueberry River First Nation v. British Columbia, 2018 BCSC 278 – securing a stay of Blueberry River First Nations’ obligation to pay court hearing fees for a treaty rights trial.

Coldwater Indian Band v. Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 2017 FCA 199 – establishing that Canada breached its fiduciary duty to the Coldwater Indian Band in failing to act in the Band’s best interests and consenting to an outdated pipeline easement through the reserve.

Doig River First Nation and Blueberry River First Nation v. HMTQ, 2015 SCTC 6 – establishing that Canada breached its fiduciary duty to Blueberry River First Nations and Doig River First Nation when government officials failed to notice that British Columbia had reserved subsurface rights in replacement reserves set aside for the First Nations’ benefit.

Yahey v. British Columbia, 2021 BCSC 1287, establishing that the Province of British Columbia breached Treaty No. 8 due to the cumulative impacts of development.

Nunavut Impact Review Board Reconsideration Report and Recommendations for Baffinland’s Phase 2 Development Proposal, establishing that the expansion and associated shipping would have the potential to cause significant adverse effects and should not be recommended for approval.