Sacha's practice is focused primarily on Aboriginal law, with an emphasis on business development on Aboriginal territory. His practice also includes civil litigation, insurance, and administrative law.
Sacha articled at the firm in 2002. In 2003, Sacha left the firm for one year to clerk to the Honourable Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada.
From 2009-2012, Sacha was the instructor of the insurance law course at Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba.
Sacha has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Manitoba, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Western Ontario, 1999
Bachelor of Laws, University of Manitoba, 2002
CALL TO THE BAR: Manitoba, 2003
Northwest Territories, 2007
ACHIEVEMENTS: Named to the 2012 and 2013 edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada for Aboriginal Law
Named Best Lawyers' 2013 Winnipeg Aboriginal Law "Lawyer of the Year".
Law Society of Manitoba, A.M. Israels Q.C. Prize, 2003
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Circle of Honour Award, 1999
LEGAL TEACHINGS: From 2009-2012, Sacha was the instructor of the insurance law course at Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba.
OTHER SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: 2004 Court Challenges Program of Canada - 2004 National Consultation and Annual General Meeting held in Ottawa, ON. Paper presented - “A Clear Commitment to Equality:” The Indian Act Exemption from the Canadian Human Rights Act
2006 Aboriginal Jurisprudence Conference held in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Presentation on the effect of the Natural Resources Transfer Agreement on Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
2007 Canadian Association of Law Teachers & Canadian Law and Society Association Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Presentation on Access to Justice and the Court Challenges Program
2008, Canadian Institute Western Aboriginal Consultation for Industry in Edmonton, Alberta. Presentation on Consultation for Resource Developers.
‘Compensation or Damages as a Remedy for Breaches of Indigenous Rights’ prepared by R.J.M. Adkins and Sacha Paul and presented at the Mid-Winter Bar Association, January 2012
Presentation at Canadian Institute Conference respecting Western Aboriginal Consultation for Industry. Presentation entitled “Consultation for Resource Developers: What to expect in Manitoba.” Presentation by R.J.M. Adkins and Sacha R. Paul (February 2007).
“Costs and Access to Justice: Are Party and Party Costs a Barrier to the Courts?” Paper presented at the Manitoba Bar Association 2011 Midwinter meeting.
Presentation at the Indigenous Bar Association conference (with Allison Fenske), “Water Power Development"
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Board member of the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation Board (2009- present)
Liability Insurance for Impacting Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
A forestry company is planning its next major project in a northern region of the province. It obtains the required permits and engages in what it believes to be consultation with Aboriginal communities in the affected region. Aboriginal leaders are informed of the project's scope and duration, and all signs point towards a mutually beneficial relationship in moving forward with the project. Two weeks into harvesting operations, the company is served with a Statement of Claim where an Aboriginal group is seeking an injunction on harvesting operations, the quashing of all forestry permits, and most alarmingly, substantial monetary compensation for impacting Aboriginal or Treaty rights. Will the litigation be successful? But there is a more immediate matter. Read more...
Doing Business With First Nations
Recently, the former Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine, was appointed a Special Advisor to the Royal Bank of Canada. One of Mr. Fontaine’s roles with RBC will be to increase economic opportunities for First Nations people. Read more...
Compensation or Damages as a Remedy for Breaches of Indigenous Rights
Since at least 2004, Aboriginal law has centered on consultation and accommodation. Hundreds of cases, articles, seminars and conferences have been dedicated to this undeniably important topic. Other related Aboriginal law issues have not received as much attention in the courts. One such area is the role of compensatory damages as a potential remedy for impacts on Indigenous rights. Read more...
Costs & Access to Justice
The issue of “access to justice” has been a pressing concern in the legal community for quite some time. When the courts are too expensive of an endeavour for the average person, a grave disservice is being done to Canadians. How the average citizen can have meaningful access to justice is not a simple question to answer. There are multiple reasons why access to justice has been hindered in recent times, including the cost of legal counsel and the increasing complexity of the law. . Read more...