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William J. Taggart

Counsel Aboriginal Law

PROFILE

Bill entered the field of aboriginal law in 1981 as in-house counsel to Grand Council Treaty No. 3 and subsequently served as policy analyst for Chiefs of Ontario. The Ontario Chiefs played a major role in the First Ministers Conferences of 1981-2 which led to the patriation of Canada’s constitution, and appointed Bill to the Assembly of First Nations legal team responsible for negotiating s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, which recognizes and affirms the aboriginal and treaty rights of Canada’s aboriginal peoples.

Following the constitutional patriation process, Bill set up in private practice in Toronto and later Cobourg, Ontario, and has continued to serve First Nations clients, focussing primarily on land claims, government relations and economic development.

Industry Groups

Representative Work

Positions

  • General Legal Counsel, Henvey Inlet First Nation Wind Energy Centre;
  • Legal counsel on governance and government relations to many First Nations and First Nations’ organizations, including Chiefs of Ontario, Grand Council Treaty #3, Union of Ontario Indians, Couchiching First Nation, Lac Lac Croix First Nation, Serpent River First Nation, New Post First Nation, Shawanaga First Nation, Magnetawan First Nation.

Speaking Engagements

  • Eastern Canadian Aboriginal Land Resource Managment Forum, Toronto, 2015 “Organizing Off-Reserve Joint Ventures Involving Multiple First Nations”, Insight Information;
  • Commercial Projects on First Nations Reserves: From Indian Act to First Nations Land Management Act, 2016.

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association - Ontario

Directorships

  • Trustee, Rotary Club of Cobourg Robert S. Scott Charitable Trust

Education

  • BA (Hons) University of Calgary 1974;
  • LL.B. Osgoode Hall Law School 1979

Professional Designations

  • LL.B.

Community Service

  • Town of Cobourg Heritage Advisory Committee;
  • Past President, Rotary Club of Cobourg
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