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William J. Taggart

Partner

PROFILE

Bill's practice focuses exclusively on Aboriginal and Indigenous law. He began practicing in this specialty as in‐house lawyer for Grand Council Treaty #3, and was a member of the legal team which represented Ontario First Nations in the 1981 First Ministers Conference which resulted in the inclusion of s. 35 in the Constitution Act, 1982.  

Legislative drafting for Indigenous clients has remained one of the main bases of his law practice but he has also acted for First Nations in claims and other matters including, most recently, acting as legal counsel for Henvey Inlet First Nation in the creation of the environmental laws and land tenure system for Henvey Inlet First Nation’s 300 MW wind  energy centre, one of the largest Indigenous projects in Canada.  He advises First Nations in Ontario and in other provinces in relation to the legislative and executive functions of Indigenous governments, and is Past Chair of the OBA’s Aboriginal Law Section.

Bill Taggart’s comprehensive review of the Anishnabek Nation Governance Agreement appears in Key Developments in Aboriginal Law, Volume 2 edited by Thomas Isaac and published by Thomson Reuters.

Bill is recognized as a leading lawyer in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Canada in aboriginal law.

 

Publications

MAY 26 2021

Key Developments in Aboriginal Law, Volume 2

Bill Taggart’s comprehensive review of the Anishnabek Nation Governance Agreement appears in Key Developments in Aboriginal Law, Volume 2 edited by Thomas Isaac and published by Thomson Reuters.

NOVEMBER 27 2020

Connecting Indigenous Communities to High Speed Internet

With the opening of the application period for the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF), which was announced by the federal government earlier this month, there is great opportunity for Indigenous communities to improve internet and mobile connectivity in their communities and surrounding areas at a very low cost.

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JUNE 21 2020

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June is National Indigenous History Month, and 21 June National Indigenous People’s Day. There is no more fitting time to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. We encourage all Canadians to join us in learning more about the Indigenous history in the communities where we live and work, acknowledging the systemic racism and discrimination that exists in our institutions in Canada and elsewhere, and supporting and effecting the changes which are needed to combat that injustice.

JUNE 19 2020

Congratulations to the Foglers lawyers elected to the 2020-2021 OBA Section Executive

Congratulations to Albert Engel, Samantha Green, Olga Samsonova, Jared Schwartz and Bill Taggart on being elected to the 2020-2021 Ontario Bar Association's Section Executive.

 

JUNE 28 2019

Bill Taggart appointed Chair of the OBA Aboriginal Law Section Executive.

Congratulations to Bill on his appointment as Chair of the OBA Aboriginal Law Section Executive for 2019-2020. Bill was previously a member-at-large with the OBA Aboriginal Law Section Executive.

Practice Areas

Representative Work

First Nations

  • Represented a First Nation in the negotiation of its 50% equity interest in a 300 MW, $1.3 billion on-reserve wind farm, one of the largest wind projects in Canada, including the approx. $100 million transmission line inter-connection. Bill also developed and implemented the land law framework and environmental stewardship regimes for three Land Code First Nations to facilitate this project, which was the first of its kind in Canada.
  • 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 Management 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

  • Past Chair, OBA Aboriginal Law Section Executive, 2020-2021
  • 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

Community Service

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