The Chartrand family had been hunters and trappers for generations, but Paul carved his own path -- first as a teacher, then as a lawyer. He scaled the heights of the legal profession when indigenous rights were just being recognized and left his mark crusading for their cause.

Paul received his first law degree from Queensland and returned to Canada in 1982. It was a seminal year; the law of the Constitution now recognized rights of indigenous people. Paul acquired a second law degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

During his lengthy career he received numerous awards including the honorary title of Indigenous Peoples' Counsel (IPC) by the Canadian Indigenous Bar Association. Paul is a published author of several books and numerous publications mainly in the fields of indigenous law and policy. Among his administrative appointments, he was the first President and CEO of the Institute on Indigenous Government in British Columbia and head of the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. He has also served on the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and Manitoba's Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission.

Paul continues to give keynote addresses and presentations across Canada and abroad. His expertise has been sought by Indigenous organizations involved in international development at the United Nations and the Organization of American States.


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Paul Chartrand
Ojibway/Metis, St. Laurent
Image size: 11 x 15 inches
Edition size: 175