P. Jonathan Faulds
P. Jonathan Faulds
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Jon Faulds focuses his practice on complex litigation and class or mass actions in areas such as constitutional, aboriginal and health law. He has represented government in constitutional references and other complex constitutional litigation before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada and has appeared on behalf of Aboriginal groups in Aboriginal rights cases before the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. 

Jon's clients have included socially and economically disadvantaged people who were harmed by Canada's Indian Residential Schools or other public and private institutions. These include hundreds wrongfully sterilized by the Alberta Government’s Eugenics Program from 1928 to 1972, and, more recently, Indigenous Canadians who were placed in Indian Residential Schools.  

In 2005, Jon helped lead a national consortium of lawyers in the negotiation of the historic, multi-billion dollar Indian Residential Schools settlement, which also established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to address the legacy of the schools, a network of church-administered boarding schools that removed approximately 150,000 Indigenous children (First Nations or "Indians", Métis and Inuit) from their families from the late 19th Century until the end of the residential schools in 1996. The agreement, approved in 2007, was the largest class action settlement in Canadian history.

In 2008, Jon was appointed a Special Advocate in relation to security certificate matters by the Government of Canada. Most recently, he has defended major class actions brought against health services providers in Alberta.

Jon has been a frequent speaker at professional seminars on legal practice issues and a guest speaker at local and national conferences on aboriginal law issues. Prior to practicing law, he was a reporter with the Edmonton Journal and the Calgary Herald and served as a legal issues commentator for CBC Radio. He has practiced law in Edmonton since 1980 and joined Field in 1988.

Outside the Office

Jon is a fitness runner who has competed in a few long-distance races, including one marathon and various legs in the Kananaskis 100 and the Jasper-Banff relay.  He's also a seasoned traveler who took a year off after law school for an overland trip from England to Nepal followed by long stretches in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Constitutional and Civil Liberties Law Section (North)
Co-Chair
2009 - Present
Listed Class Action Litigation
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2012 - 2018
Listed Aboriginal Law
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2014 - 2018
"Distinguished"
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
2017
"Repeatedly Recommended" Aboriginal Law
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
2017
Aboriginal Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Edmonton
Best Lawyers®
2015
Queen's Counsel
2002
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
Director
2008 - Present
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
Volunteer Lawyer
2007 - Present
Pro Bono Students Canada
Supervising Lawyer
2007 - Present
NeWest Press
Former Director and Secretary
Edmonton Urban Aboriginal Affairs Committee
Former Member
John Howard Society & Elizabeth Fry Society
Former Member
Jane Doe v. Alberta (Deputy Minister of Executive Council), 2016 ABQB 135, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Modry v. Alberta Health Services, 2015 ABCA 328, Alberta Court of Appeal
Modry v. Alberta Health Services, 2015 ABCA 265, Alberta Court of Appeal
Stout v Track, 2015 ABCA 10, Alberta Court of Appeal
Trang v Alberta, 2014 ABCA 382, Alberta Court of Appeal
Doe v. Alberta, 2014 ABCA 246, Alberta Court of Appeal
Trang v Canada (Attorney General), 2014 ABQB 110, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Trang v Canada (Attorney General), 2014 ABQB 110, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Buelow v. Morrissey, 2013 ABQB 277, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Elder Advocates of Alberta Society v Alberta, 2013 ABQB 649, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Stout v Track, 2013 ABQB 751, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Elder Advocates of Alberta Society v. Alberta Health Services, 2012 ABCA 355, Alberta Court of Appeal
Elder Advocates of Alberta Society v Alberta, 2011 ABQB 801, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Bruce Estate, 2010 ABQB 21, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Bruce Estate v. Toderovich, 2010 ABQB 709, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Sawridge v. Canada, 2009 FCA 123, Federal Court of Appeal
Trang v. Alberta (Edmonton Remand Centre), 2007 ABCA 267, Alberta Court of Appeal
Baxter et al. v. The Attorney General of Canada [Indexed as: Baxter v. Canada (Attorney General), 83 O.R. (3d) 481, Ontarion Supreme Court Justice
Currie v. Alberta (Edmonton Remand Centre), 2006 A.J. No. 1522, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Northwest v. Canada (Attorney General), 2006 ABQB 902, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Sparvier v. Canada (Attorney General), 2006 S.J. No. 752, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Geary v. Alberta (Edmonton Remand Centre), 2004 ABQB 23, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Munoz v. Alberta (Edmonton Remand Centre), 2004 A.J. No. 1344, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Sawridge Indian Band v. Canada, 2004 2 CNLR 316, Federal Court of Appeal
Sawridge Indian Band v. Canada, 1997 F.C.J. No. 761, Federal Court of Appeal
Sawridge Indian Band v. Canada (C.A.), 1997 3 F.C. 580, Federal Court of Appeal
Gadwa v. Kehewin Cree Nation, 1996 F.C.J. No. 315, Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division
Muir v. Alberta, 1996 132 DLR (4th) 695, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Sawridge Indian Band v. Canada (T.D.), 1996 1 F.C. 3, Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division
Lac la Biche (Town) v. Alberta (S.C.C.), 1994 S.C.C.A. No. 500, Supreme Court of Canada
Reference re Prov. Electoral Boundaries (Sask.), [1991] 2 SCR 158, 1991 CanLII 61 (SCC), Supreme Court of Canada
re Electoral Boundaries Commission Act (Alberta), 86 D.L.R. (4th) 447, Alberta Court of Appral
Education
Osgoode Hall Law School, 2012, LLM, Master of Laws (Constitutional Law)
University of Alberta, 1978, Bachelor of Laws
Admissions
Alberta,1980