Jessica Saunders



Jessica practices primarily in the areas of Indigenous law and Child Protection law.

Jessica is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and grew up in Cranberry Portage, MB.

Jessica was called to the Bar in 2011. She represents Metis Nation and First Nation communities, organizations and child and family services agencies. She sees her clients through all levels of a litigation matter, from settlement discussions to trials. Jessica advises clients on a wide range of matters including Aboriginal and Treaty rights, self-government negotiations, trust development, and Band and Board governance matters.

Jessica has appeared before the Commission of Inquiry into the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Phoenix Sinclair, the Public Utilities Board, the Clean Environment Commission and all levels of Court in Manitoba.

Jessica was appointed to the Law Society of Manitoba’s Social Equity Committee in 2016 and held that position until being appointed to the Law Society of Manitoba’s Complaints Investigation Committee in 2018. Jessica was also appointed to the Public Interest Law Centre Advisory Committee in 2018.

Jessica has won awards and honors for her academic achievements and volunteer contributions. She has presented on child welfare and Indigenous rights issues on numerous occasions to community organizations, conferences, schools and radio and television media and has served on a number of boards over the years.


University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Laws, 2010

Leadership, Membership and Achievements

  • Law Society of Manitoba
  • Manitoba Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Indigenous Bar Association

Practice Areas

Child Protection
Indigenous Law
Business Law
Administrative and Regulatory