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.