Thursday, January 15, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Algonquins of Barriere Lake Honour the Legacy of Judge Rejean Paul and Offer Condolences to His Family

(Kitiganik, Algonquin Territory/January 15, 2015) We have sadly just learned of Quebec Superior Court Judge Réjean Paul’s passing.

Our First Nation wants to take this opportunity to acknowledge Judge Paul’s role as a mediator with our First Nation. 

Judge Paul mediated between our First Nation and the governments of Quebec and Canada in order to finalize our 1991 Trilateral Agreement regarding Co-Management of Natural Resources on our Ancestral Territory with Quebec and Canada. In a subsequent 1993 mediation report on the Trilateral Agreement Judge Paul wrote that Trilateral Agreement is a Treaty.

Judge Paul also mediated within our First Nation during periods of leadership disputes in 1996-97 and in 2007.

Chief Casey Ratt stated today “We honour Judge Réjean Paul’s work with our First Nation and we will always remember him and his efforts to help our People find justice and the continuance of our customary system of government. We want to offer our sincerest condolences to Judge Paul’s family, friends and colleagues.”


For More Information Contact:

Chief Casey Ratt Cell: (819) 441-8002
Michel Thusky (French) Spokesperson Telephone: (819) 435-2171