Shayne McDonald is an Indigenous Lawyer and member of the Miawpukek First Nation (MFN) at Conne River, Newfoundland, and Labrador. Shayne grew up at Miawpukek Reserve and in 1984 graduated from St. Anne’s secondary school. In 1989 he graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and a minor in history. In 1993 Shayne graduated from the University of British Columbia with a law degree and was called to the Newfoundland Bar in 1994. In 2014 Shayne obtained an MBA from Athabasca University.
Shayne practices private law at Conner River and previously held the position of Director of Justice and Legal Affairs with the Miawpukek First Nation. Shayne has been engaged by his First Nation and other Indigenous groups for over 20 years in providing a variety of legal and consultation services. Some of the services Shayne has provided clients include, but not limited to, contracts and negotiations, Indigenous rights and civil litigation, strategic planning, and human resource management. Stakeholder consultation and dispute resolution are also areas of speciality.
As well, Shayne has extensive experience in First Nation law development and works with First Nations to employ a highly consultative approach in law development that sees the community engaged in all levels.
Some areas of law development that Shayne has assisted First Nations with include, Matrimonial Real Property Law, Land Code development under the First Nations Land Management Act and Child and Family Services law development under the Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, youth, and families.