Peguis First Nation – Manitoba
Sarah Sinclair was born and raised in Calgary and is a member of Peguis First Nation, an Ojibway-Cree, Treaty 1 Nation in Manitoba. In July 2015 she was called to the Bar in Alberta and joined Eagle Law as a junior associate.
As a new lawyer Sarah plans to build her career in Aboriginal law by improving access to justice for Indigenous individuals, businesses, and communities. Her experience includes:
Native Aboriginal Post-Secondary Initiative: as a student at the University of Calgary Sarah worked for the NAPI program, which sends Indigenous students to talk with and teach young people in order to encourage them to pursue a higher education. Through this program Sarah certified young people in leadership training through the University.
Residential School Claims: for 7 years Sarah worked on and off reserve for Blain Law, an Aboriginal law firm specializing in residential school claims. Her work consisted mostly of interviewing and supporting people through the residential school claim process.
Indigenous Law Students’ Association: at law school Sarah was a member of the Executive Committee of ILSA. Aside from committing her time to organizing events such as Indigenous Awareness Week and the annual golf fundraising tournament, her proudest achievement was drafting ILSA’s Constitution using Indigenous principles which document was ratified unanimously.
Indigenous People’s Legal Clinic: also while at law school Sarah spent 4 months working full time in the downtown Indigenous People’s Legal Clinic, a law office that provides pro bono services to Indigenous people. Sarah successfully represented people at criminal court and in family law hearings.
Calgary Legal Guidance: Sarah articled at CLG as their first Indigenous student. She worked on the creation of a new Indigenous People’s Outreach Program at CLG, and is now a member of the Program Review Committee to continue that work. As a CLG volunteer Sarah attends two outreach clinics per month at the Metis Region 3 office and at the Aboriginal Friendship Center. At these clinics she provides free legal advice and legal services to Indigenous people.
Education & Affiliations: University of Calgary, Bachelor of Art, English Major & Political Science Minor; University of Saskatchewan, Program of Legal Studies for Native People; University of British Columbia, Juris Doctor; Law Society of Alberta, Member; Indigenous Bar Association, Member; Canadian Bar Association, Member.
Sarah is passionate about Indigenous law and is excited about the beginning of her career at Eagle Law. She hopes to work in the tradition built by senior lawyers in the field, and to learn from the communities she works for.