Arthur O'Meara and land claims in BC, 1900-1928

Hamar Foster
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
UVic's Harry Hickman Building, Room 105

The story of an early 20th Century Indigenous land rights case.

In the early 20th century, various organizations worked to settle what was then known as the "British Columbia Indian Land Question." Indigenous leaders and their lawyer, Arthur O’Meara, didn't live to see the legal case they put before BC and Ottawa succeed in court, half a century later. Hamar Foster tells a part of that story.

About Hamar Foster

Hamar Foster

Dr. Hamar Foster, QC, practiced law in Vancouver and then in Victoria after joining the UVic Faculty of Law in 1978. His research has focused primarily on comparative criminal law, Aboriginal law and legal history. His most recent publications include an essay about the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in a special volume issued by Cambridge University Press in 2018.

Hamar and his wife, Katherine Cook, have two adult daughters and one grandchild. He retired in 2015, and has been an enthusiastic member of the Victoria City Rowing Club since 1992.