Tim Watson

  • Tim Watson
    Tel: 250.216.8644
    Fax: 250.361.9429
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  • Tim is a Director of Devlin Gailus Watson and is based in Victoria, British Columbia.

    Before attending law school, Tim worked as a consultant in a boutique firm specializing in specific claims research, negotiations and economic development and was the Program Manager of the Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Program.

    Since 2003, Tim has worked exclusively with First Nations and tribal councils across western Canada preparing and negotiating specific claims and advising on issues such as Aboriginal and Treaty rights, governance, consultation, natural resource management, economic development, impact benefit agreements, revenue sharing, and consultation. He also advises clients on the negotiation and implementation of modern treaties.

    Tim has written on a wide variety of topics including the specific claims process, treaty boundaries, taxation, co-management, Aboriginal self government, Aboriginal title, the BC treaty process, and the relationship between economic development and section 35 rights.

    Tim is committed to assisting First Nations meet their social and economic goals and values the time he has been able to spend in Aboriginal communities.

    Representative Experience:


    • Specific Claims Tribunal Hearings
    • BC Supreme Court judicial review based on section 35 rights
    • BC Supreme Court administrative action challenging local government decision
    • BC Supreme Court action with respect to treaty interpretation


    • Negotiation of Government to Government Agreements including Strategic Engagement Agreements, Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreements, Economic and Community Development Agreements and Wildlife Agreements
    • Negotiation of Impact Benefit Agreements with oil and gas, wind power, forestry, mining and hydro electric companies, including revenue sharing structures
    • Negotiation of Specific Claims Settlement Agreements

    Economic Development

    • Negotiation and structuring of Aboriginal owned joint ventures with forestry, construction, camps, catering, medic, mulching and helicopter companies
    • Set up of First Nation societies, economic development companies and limited partnerships

    Strategic Planning

    • Provision of legal advice to treaty First Nations on the closing and implementation of their treaties, including the preparation of laws, policies and governance structures
    • Structuring of trusts and wellness plans to maximize community benefits derived from negotiated settlements
    • Preparation of membership, election, referendum and land codes as well as First Nation bylaws and policies

    Professional and Community Activities

    • Canadian Bar Association
    • Law Society of British Columbia

    For a list of Tim’s published articles and speaking engagements, please click here.

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