Paul Char­trand

St. Lau­rent, Man­i­toba

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Paul Char­trand is a le­gal prac­ti­tioner and a re­tired Pro­fes­sor of Law who has lent his ex­per­tise to some of the most sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ments in law and pol­icy for Indige­nous peo­ples in re­cent his­tory. In 1991, Paul Char­trand was ap­pointed one of the seven com­mis­sion­ers to Canada’s Royal Com­mis­sion on Abo­rig­i­nal Peo­ples. The re­sult­ing re­port in­cluded 440 rec­om­men­da­tions for trans­form­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Indige­nous and non-Indige­nous peo­ple and gov­ern­ments in Canada and has be­come a frame­work for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. The re­port has led to his­toric ini­tia­tives like the Abo­rig­i­nal Healing Foun­da­tion and the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion. For nearly three decades, Mr. Char­trand par­tic­i­pated as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive and an ad­vi­sor to Indige­nous or­ga­ni­za­tions in the process lead­ing up to the adop­tion of the United Na­tions Dec­la­ra­tion on the Rights of Indige­nous Peo­ples (UNDRIP). The cre­ation and adop­tion of UNDRIP is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in the pro­tec­tion and pro­mo­tion of Indige­nous rights not only in Canada, but around the world. The Dec­la­ra­tion was of­fi­cially adopted by the Gov­ern­ment of Canada in 2016.

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