Woodward’s text Native Law has been relied upon by the Courts of Canada as authoritative on many occasions, including the following:
The Ontario Court of Appeal in Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte v. Brant, 2014 ONCA 565.
The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in Buffalo River Dene Nation v. Saskatchewan, 2015 SKCA 31.
The Federal Court of Canada in Canada v. Munsee-Delaware Nation, 2015 FC 366.
Politics and charitable organizations:
Director of the Centre for the Defence of Indigenous Lands.
Founded Friends of Nemiah Valley.
Ran for Parliament in 1980 for the NDP.
Background and Education:
Woodward was born in New Westminster, B.C. and was raised in Surrey, B.C., on a portion of his great, great, grandfather William Woodward’s farm, near the present Woodward Hill Elementary School. Woodward’s great grandfather John Woodward’s sister, Elizabeth Woodward, was married to John Oliver, the 19th Premier of British Columbia.
Woodward’s great grandfather Edmund Wade’s brother was doctor, historian and publisher Mark Sweeten Wade. Woodward graduated from Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School in 1969. BA, 1974 University of British Columbia, LL.B 1978, University of Victoria.
Owner of Harbour House Hotel, Restaurant and Organic Farm. Woodward purchased the historic Harbour House Hotel on Salt Spring Island in 2004, and re-established the adjoining farm to serve the restaurant as a farm-to-table concept. The farm produces a wide range of vegetables, fruit, eggs, lamb, honey and maple syrup, all of which is provided to the hotel’s restaurant. In setting up the farm Woodward received advice about organic urban farming from Michael Ableman, another notable Salt Spring Island resident.