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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies Presents:

An Evening with the Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair.

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Moving Forward From The Truth and Reconciliation Commission: An Inclusive Discussion on Indigenousness in Canada

On October 3rd, 2016, Senator Sinclair will deliver a passionate talk on the status of Indigenous culture in Canada and the monumental Truth and Reconciliation Commission which he chaired from 2008 – 2015.

Senator Sinclair will discuss how all Canadians can take the first steps in the long journey towards reconciliation in a post Truth and Reconciliation Commission Canada.

The Senator’s lecture will be followed by an interactive question and answer period with the audience.

There will be light food and drink before the lecture, and a grander reception after the talk.

All activities will occur in the River Building. Everyone is welcome.

Monday, October 3, 2016
Food and drink being served at 5:00 pm
Lecture at 6:00 pm
Reception at 7:30 pm

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About Senator Murray Sinclair

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Senator Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years. He was the first Aboriginal Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second.

He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015. He also oversaw an active multi-million dollar fundraising program to support various TRC events and activities, and to allow survivors to travel to attend TRC events.

Senator Sinclair has been invited to speak throughout Canada, the United States and internationally, including the Cambridge Lectures for members of the Judiciary of various Commonwealth Courts in England.

He served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Manitoba. He was very active within his profession and his community and has won numerous awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Award (2001) and its Distinguished Service Award (2016) and has received Honorary Doctorates from 8 Canadian universities. Senator Sinclair was appointed to the Senate on April 2, 2016.

In 2015, he was presented with a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Carleton University for his exceptional judiciary career and his role in leading the TRC’s report.

Le sénateur Murray Sinclair 

Le sénateur Sinclair a été pendant plus de 25 ans au service du système judiciaire manitobain. Il a été le premier juge autochtone nommé au Manitoba et le deuxième, au Canada.

Il a été coprésident de l’Enquête publique sur l’administration de la justice et les peuples autochtones au Manitoba, ainsi que président de la Commission de vérité et réconciliation (CVR). À la tête de la CVR, il a participé à des centaines d’audiences qui ont eu lieu partout au Canada et qui ont abouti en 2015, à la présentation du rapport de la CVR. Il a également supervisé un programme intensif de collecte de plusieurs millions de dollars en fonds pour soutenir divers événements ou activités de la CVR et permettre aux personnes ayant survécu de se rendre aux événements organisés dans le cadre de la CVR.

Le sénateur Sinclair a été invité à prendre la parole un peu partout au Canada, aux États Unis et ailleurs dans le monde, notamment dans le cadre des conférences Cambridge à l’intention de la magistrature de divers tribunaux du Commonwealth, en Angleterre.

Il a été professeur auxiliaire de droit à l’Université du Manitoba. Il était très actif au sein de sa profession et de sa communauté. Il a remporté de nombreux prix, dont le Prix national d’excellence décerné aux Autochtones, le prix Égalité de l’Association du Barreau du Manitoba (2001) et son Prix de reconnaissance pour services exceptionnels (2016). Huit universités canadiennes lui ont également décerné un doctorat honorifique. Il a été nommé au Sénat le 2 avril 2016.


Banner Photo Caption and Credit: Senator Murray Sinclair. Photo by Galit Rodan/The Toronto Star