“The honour of the Crown is always at stake in its dealings with Aboriginal peoples... It is not a mere incantation, but rather a core precept that finds its application in concrete practices.” - Haida Nation v. British Columbia
James is based in Rana Law ’s Vancouver office. He provides a broad range of legal services to First Nations, including negotiating Specific Claims, complex treaty implementation initiatives and providing strategic advice on the duty to consult and aboriginal and treaty rights. James supports First Nations working to enhance jurisdiction over their traditional lands and resources through the negotiation of government-to-government agreements, consultation protocols, expanding the Indigenous land base and advancing the articles of UNDRIP. He also negotiates and implements commercial agreements on behalf of First Nations with industry proponents.
James works diligently to learn about the culture and history of his clients and to build longstanding relationships with Indigenous communities based on trust.
Prior to joining Rana Law, James articled with Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General and Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. In his final year of law school James interned with the Specific Claims Tribunal in Ottawa.
Before law, James’s academic and professional work centered on studying Indigenous history. He completed a master’s degree in history analyzing the parallels between Canadian policies applied to Indigenous peoples and Apartheid in South Africa.