Julie Paré

Key practice areas
Aboriginal Law, Public and Administrative Law, Government Affairs, Education Law, Constitutional Law
Québec Bar 2012

Julie Paré focuses her practice on Aboriginal, administrative and education law. More specifically, she has developed comprehensive expertise with regard to the recognition of Aboriginal and treaty rights and regulation of the powers arising therefrom, environmental protection, sustainable socioeconomic development and education.

She represents Indigenous governments and organizations in matters of governance and internal policies, drafting of local laws and regulations, negotiation of agreements, consultation processes as well as the implementation of Aboriginal and treaty rights.

Julie took part in many negotiations with various levels of government regarding the implementation of the Agreement concerning James Bay and Northern Québec and other agreements pertaining to the recognition of the right of self-government and to the co-management of land use and environmental protection. She also participated in negotiations with respect to sustainable economic development, natural resources management, access to private property, and prioritization and training of local labour force.

Julie is prized for her people-centred and strategic approach and leverages her advanced knowledge of Indigenous economic, social and cultural realities to propose concrete solutions that address her clients’ needs and priorities.

Having worked in the legal department of a school service centre, Julie also acquired expertise in education law and access to education for all. Her experience enables her to provide clients with a wider and practical perspective on education law in Québec.

Intergovernmental negotiations on treaty rights

  • Negotiations with public administrative entities and various provincial and federal ministries focused on ensuring the implementation of treaty rights, including modernizing the laws and regulations in the construction industry, the awarding of public contracts, the protection and management of wildlife habitats, the forestry industry and the economic development on designated lands.

Environmental conservation and protection

  • Participation, within the framework of the international objectives on conservation set out for 2020 in the Aichi Convention of Biological Diversity, in representations and negotiations with the relevant government and decision-making bodies to foster the development of protected areas designed to ensure the protection of 23% of the James Bay Eeyou Istchee territory.

Interests in land and access to private property

  • Development and negotiation of amendments to a governance agreement to promote real access to private ownership in Category IA lands in designated territories.

Drafting of Indigenous government laws and regulations

  • Drafted local laws governing designated lands controlled by Indigenous local governments.

Training for Indigenous government bodies

  • Developed and gave training courses to Indigenous government bodies on negotiation strategies, ethics, governance and more.

Consulting for school service centre legal departments

  • Consulted for school service centre legal departments on governance and human rights under the Education Act.

Constitutional challenge

  • Represented two Indigenous organizations in challenging the constitutionality of the Charter of the French language before the Superior Court of Québec.
  • Comité régional d’éducation pour le développement international de Lanaudière (CRÉDIL), Director and Vice-President, 2019-2024
  • Bar of Montréal:
    • Member of the International Influence Committee, 2016-2018
    • Member of the Haïti Committee, 2013-2016
  • Young Bar of Montréal:
    • Member of the Professional and Interprofessional Development Committee, 2013-2017
    • Member of the Annual Convention and Gala Committee, 2013-2017

Specialized Graduate Diploma in Management, HEC Montréal, 2018

LL.B., Université du Québec à Montréal, 2011

B.A., International Relations and International Law, Université du Québec à Montréal, 2009