The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (the “IBA”) congratulates Paul Favel Q.C. on his recent appointment as a federal court judge
Justice Favel is a member and former Councillor of the Poundmaker Cree Nation. As a partner at the Saskatchewan-based law firm McKercher LLP, Justice Favel specialized in Aboriginal law with a particular focus on corporate and commercial law for First Nations clients. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University and is a member of both the Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia bars. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010 and served as Deputy Chief Commissioner with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. He has also served in numerous volunteer and other professional capacities throughout Canada
As a federal court judge, Justice Favel will hear and decide on issues in respect of, among other items, federal boards, commissions and tribunals. The Court’s jurisdiction includes disputes pertaining to band councils and other Indigenous administrative and quasi-judicial bodies. The Federal Court has become a common interface between Indigenous peoples and the justice system and a forum in which important Indigenous precedents are regularly established. Justice Favel maintains a sterling reputation in the legal community which is overshadowed only by his selfless pursuit of justice for Indigenous peoples. The importance of appointing prominent individuals such as Justice Favel to the federal court cannot be overstated, particularly given Canada’s commitment to achieving and implementing reconciliation.
The IBA applauds Justice Favel’s virtuous character and continuing dedication to his community. He is a stellar example of what Indigenous peoples have come to expect from members of Canada’s judiciary.