Bar Talk

Darwin Hanna’s article on Indigenous Language Rights was published in the special edition on Indigenous Reconciliation of Bar Talk October 2018 and may be found at

Kirsten Barnes

Callison & Hanna is pleased to announce that Kirsten Barnes completed her articles and was called to the BC Bar on September 10, 2018. She has joined Callison & Hanna as an associate lawyer.

Specific Claims

Darwin Hanna will be speaking at the PBLI Specific Claims Course at Robson Square on December 13 & 14, 2018. He will be reviewing recent decisions on the validity of claims by the Specific Claims Tribunal where is was legal counsel for the First Nation.

Cultural Competency

Cynthia Callison spoke at the first cultural competency course offered to lawyers in BC by the Continuing Legal Education Society. Our hope is that this course is mandatory for all practising lawyers based on the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


Siska Indian Band's specific claim for Canadian Pacific Railway right-of-way was validated by the Specific Claims Tribunal.  This decision is a new precedent for the reserve creation date for lands in the railway belt.  Specific Claims Tribunal Citation 2018 SCTC 2



UBC Governors

We are pleased to announce that Chaslynn Gillanders has been appointed to the Board of Governors for the University of British Columbia.

CIRDI Mining Conflicts Conference

Cynthia Callison will be speaking at the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute conference on Mining Conflicts at UBC Robson Square on November 21, 2017.  She will be speaking on the implementation of free, prior informed consent as a way to reduce conflicts with Indigenous communities.  

Nlaka'pamux Language Conference

Darwin Hanna gave the keynote address to the Nlaka'pamux Language Conference held in Merritt from November 15 to 17, 2017.  The conference was sponsored by the Citxw Nalak'pamux Assembly to revitalize language and culture of Nlaka'pamux people.  

Kirk Gehl

We are pleased to announce that Kirk Gehl was called to the BC Bar in early September and he will join Callison & Hanna as an associate in mid-October. 

Caroline Roberts

We are pleased to announce Caroline Roberts has recently joined Callison & Hanna as an associate after completing her articles and being called to the bar in British Columbia.  Congratulations Caroline!

Emerging Leaders Conference

Cynthia Callison will be presenting on Indigenous Perspectives on the Environment at the Emerging Leaders in Sustainable Community Development sponsored by McGill, International Sustainable Development Institute, and Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo on June 10, 2017. 

Repatriation Symposium

Cynthia Callison will be speaking at Indigenous Perspectives on Repatriation: Moving Forward Together organized by the Royal British Columbia Museum and First Peoples Cultural Council at the Delta Grand Hotel from March 29 - 31.

Legal Issues Indigenous Economic DevelopmenT

Darwin Hanna is pleased to announce that he has authored a book entitled Legal Issues on Indigenous Economic Development to be published by LexisNexis Canada on February 28, 2017.  This book provides a comprehensive overview of the various aspects of business law that are relevant to Indigneous communities in Canada and to Indigenous economic development. It may be ordered at LexisNexis Online Store.

AME BC Round-up 2017

Cynthia Callison will be part of a legal panel discussing contemporary and emergingAboriginal law issues in Canada related to mineral exploration and development at the Association of Mineral Exploration BC Roundup 2017 at Gathering Place on January 24, 2017.

Legal Services Society BC

Congratulations to Rhaea Bailey, Associate, Callison & Hanna, on her recent appointment to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Society of British Columbia. 

2016 BC Aboriginal Business Award Gala

2016 BC Aboriginal Business Award Gala

BC Aboriginal Business Award Gala was a wonderful celebration and recognition of entrepreneurial excellence.  We were pleased to receive our award for 2016 Business of the Year (three to ten people) from Ministers Fassbender, Oakes, and Rustad.

2016 BC Aboriginal Business Awardees

Callison & Hanna were announced today as the winners of the 2016 BC Aboriginal Business of the Year (3-to-10 person enterprise).  The 2016 awardees represent entrepreneurial excellence in diverse and unique industries with British Columbia.  And, the 2016 awards will be celebrated at a gala dinner ceremony on October 19, 2016 at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver. 

Nlaka'pamux Rock Art Conference

Darwin Hanna was pleased to give the opening speech for the Nlaka'pamux Rock Art Conference on May 28, 2016 in Lytton on the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to manage access to pictographs and petroglyphs created thousands of years ago by his ancestors and on the evidence of Aboriginal Title through continuity to these sacred sites. 

Permanent Forum on Indigneous Issues

Darwin Hanna attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) in May 2016 with Douglas First Nation Chief Don Harris to highlight the injustices and inequities created by the BC Treaty Commission Process.