John Paul

Mr. Paul is the Executive Director of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Taking direction from the Atlantic Chiefs through frequent All Chiefs Forums and Executive Chiefs Meetings, Mr. Paul provides policy analysis and strategic advice on a wide range of policy issues facing First Nations in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec. The APC Secretariat’s mandate is to research, analyze and develop alternatives to federal policies affecting its member First Nation communities.

Mr. Paul has a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies
and received his Master of Public Administration in
Financial Management from Halifax’s Dalhousie
University in 1982. A dedicated advocate for First Nations, Mr. Paul has worked toward positive change for First Nations communities in diverse policy areas for more than 30 years.

Mr. Paul plays a strategic role in his efforts to liaise between government and First Nations communities. He provides ongoing policy support and advice on First Nations issues in the areas of social wellbeing, health, housing and infrastructure, education, and economic development. His work includes negotiation and advocacy on measures related to the DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans), INAC (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada), Health Canada, and other federal agencies.

In recent years, Mr. Paul was a key First Nations advocate in his role as Treaty Mediator during the implementation of the Marshall decision. Prior to this, Mr. Paul provided consulting and advisory services as Director to the Self Government Secretariat at Health Canada. His current efforts in policy and advocacy are grounded in over ten years’ community-level governance at the Membertou First Nation, where he worked as a Councillor, Band Planner, and Development Officer.

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