Below is a list of lawsuits in which I acted as an expert witness, writing a report and testifying in the trial hearing.  Legal citations are to the final level of judgment.

 Dickason v. University of Alberta, [1992] 2 S.C.R. 1103.  I testified for the University of Alberta in a hearing before an Alberta Human Rights Commission tribunal on the issue of mandatory retirement.  I explained the academic rationale behind mandatory retirement for university professors.  The Supreme Court of Canada affirmed that mandatory retirement for university academic staff did not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

R. v. Blais, [2003] 2 S.C.R. 236, 2003 SCC 44.  This was a sidebar to the Manitoba Metis case discussed below.  I appeared from the province of Manitoba.

Canada v. Benoit, 2003 FCA 236 (2003).  Mr. Benoit was a status Indian who argued that he should not have to pay income tax, even though he lived off reserve.  He claimed that, even though Treaty Eight does not mention taxation, oral traditions show that promises of immunity from all taxation on or off reserve were made when the treaty was negotiated.  I was a witness for the province of Alberta, explaining how Treaty Eight was negotiated.  Mr. Benoit won in the trial division of the Federal Court of Canada but lost in the Federal Court of Appeal.

 Ermineskin Indian Band and Nation v. Canada, 2009 SCC 9; [2009] 1 S.C.R. 222.  I was a witness for the federal Crown, explaining how Treaty Six was negotiated and implemented.  I actually appeared in the companion case Victor Buffalo, which was consolidated with Ermineskin by the Supreme Court of Canada.  The main issue in the cases was the Crown’s management of Indian trust funds derived from oil and gas revenues, but complainants also argued that there were many ways in which Treaty Six had not been properly fulfilled.  Complainants lost at all levels.

Manitoba Metis Federation Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General), 2013 SCC 14. Complainants argued that the Crown had not properly fulfilled the promise, made in section 31 of the Manitoba Act, 1870, to distribute land to the “children of the Half-Breed heads of families” in Manitoba.  I was retained as a witness by the federal Department of Justice.  Complainants won a declaratory judgment from the Supreme Court of Canada that implementation of s. 31 had been so slow as to violate the honour of the Crown, but all their other contentions were rebuffed.