In 2002 Paul Chartrand was the third Indigenous lawyer appointed as ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel’ by Canada’s Indigenous Bar Association. His long professional career has focused upon laws and policies of states respecting Indigenous Peoples, and has included numerous publications, various university appointments in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States, as well as administrative appointments in universities and colleges. He has a lengthy record of public service and providing advice to Aboriginal organisations in Canada and at the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation of American States.(OAS). He served on several high-profile advisory bodies including Canada’s Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and Manitoba’s Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission. He was an advisor during the First Ministers Conferences on Aboriginal Constitutional Reform of the 1980s and participated in the lengthy deliberations on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that was adopted in 2007. He retired from university life in 2009 having achieved the rank of Full Professor of Law with Tenure.
At DD West LLP, Paul is prepared to assist with the resolution of all matters relating to the laws and policies that affect the aspirations and rights of Aboriginal peoples and the promotion of the Treaty Relationship with Canada. Paul is a member of one of the founding families of the historic Metis community of St Laurent along Lake Manitoba.
- B.A. (Honors), Winnipeg, Manitoba
- LL.B. (Honors), QUT, Australia
- Member, Law society of Manitoba
- Senior Counsel to DD West LLP