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  • Hon. Justice Murray Sinclair: The Role of Law in Indian Residential Schools

    Hon. Justice Murray Sinclair speaks to law students on the role of law in Indian Residential Schools.
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Signing Ceremony

    The University of Manitoba is honoured to be chosen by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) to host a National Research Centre on Residential Schools. The TRC and the University of Manitoba joined hands with communities across Canada on June 21, National Aboriginal Day, for the signing of this historic agreement. The U of M will play a key role in the preservation of all statements, documents and other materials collected during the Commission's five-year mandate. The centre supports the TRC's aim to inform all Canadians about what happened in the 150-year history of the Residential School System, and to guide and inspire a process of reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.
  • Racism - Indigenous Perspectives with Senator Murray Sinclair

    NOVEMBER 9, 2016 How and why do the impacts of history persist? How is racism directly or indirectly manifested in our society? What are our obligations to address racism? How do we reconcile divisions created by racism? How do we directly or indirectly reinforce racism? How is racism holding us back? Senator Murray Sinclair Former Chair of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada Part of CCEPA's 2016-17 Racism Series
  • Murray Sinclair warns of violent rebellion if Indigenous rights continue to be oppressed

    Sen. Murray Sinclair sits down for wide-ranging interview. And issues a warning to society. Ignoring the treatment of Indigenous people will likely lead to a violent rebellion.
  • Next Steps: Murray Sinclair speaks to the Church 2014

    On April 25, 2014, Justice Murray Sinclair spoke at Building Bridges on the theme of "Next Steps for the Church in the Reconciliation Journey".Building Bridges is an annual event supported by Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Canada.
  • How to truly include First Nations in our society (w/ Senator Murray Sinclair)

    Are we on the cusp of a breakthrough in relations between indigenous people in Canada and the rest of the country? Or are we swirling around in a quagmire that provides us with an illusion of progress, only to consume it at the point of hope? When the current Prime Minister was elected, he indicated he was going to tackle the issues that divide us and embrace our common humanity. Steps would be taken to move us closer to true reconciliation. But that begs the question – what is reconciliation? The TRC, or Truth and Reconciliation Commission, was created to provide a venue for victims of the residential school system to be heard – to have their stories become a part of the public record. But it was not, nor is it a guidebook to a coming together of equals. We invited Senator Murray Sinclair to join us for a Conversation That Matters about some of the elements that are required to create a society that goes beyond lip service and become one of respect and acknowledgement of our First Peoples rightful place in the country and in our society.
  • Big Thinking - Justice Sinclair - What do we do about the legacy of Indian residential schools?

    The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), presents Congress 2015’s introductory Big Thinking lecture. Justice Sinclair was appointed Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Manitoba in March of 1988 and to the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba in January 2001. In Ottawa to preside over the TRC’s closing events and the release of the Commission’s final report, Justice Sinclair discusses the legacy of residential schools and offer a call for action towards reconciliation in Canada, including the role of universities and academics in this process.
  • Justice Murray Sinclair, Reconciliation & the Path Forward (Part 2)

    In this video (Part 2 of 2) Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair, Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada, provides background on the history of residential schools and the work of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission ( Justice Sinclair highlights the need to teach the history and intergenerational impact of residential schools and our shared responsibility to forge a new relationship of mutual respect and trust.
  • Justice Murray Sinclair: Reconciliation—Our Shared Path Forward (Part 1)

    In this video (Part 1 of 2) Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair, Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada, provides background on the history of residential schools and the work of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission ( Justice Sinclair highlights the need to teach the history and intergenerational impact of residential schools and our shared responsibility to forge a new relationship of mutual respect and trust.
  • Is there a traditional perspective of Truth and Reconciliation?

    A presentation by Honourable Mr. Justice Murray Sinclair as part of the Indigenous Knowledge Seminar Series offered by Aboriginal Focus Programs, Extended Education, the University of Manitoba, held during an open house held at the University of Manitoba DOWNTOWN: Aboriginal Education Centre. Justice Sinclair is the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, established as an outcome of the 2006 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The University of Manitoba has made a commitment to helping the Commission achieve its objectives.
  • Senator Murray Sinclair's remarks at the Mosaic Institute Peace Patron Dinner 2016

    On May 18th, 2016, at our annual Peace Patron Dinner, we paid tribute to an outstanding Canadian, as an Honorary Peace Patron in recognition of his exemplary life’s work in promoting peace and reconciliation. This year, we were privileged to honour the Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair. The evening was also a celebration of Canada and the exceptional young Canadians that work with the Mosaic Institute to build a stronger Canada and a more peaceful world. The Peace Patron Dinner enables the Mosaic Institute to raise significant funds for our operational budget. It is through the generosity of all our supporters that enable us to continue to: - Encourage the respectful dialogue and engagement of difference as the solution to many of the issues and conflicts that divide us; - Conduct research that is thoughtful and rigorous; and - Act as a national platform through which the voices and perspectives of young, globally-minded Canadians can be heard. for more information
  • Senator Murray Sinclair: The truth is hard. Reconciliation is harder.

    Keynote speech at CCPA-BC's 20th Anniversary Gala: Senator (and former Justice) Murray Sinclair was the Chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). He was the first Indigenous judge appointed in Manitoba, and is a current member of the Canadian senate. His talk comes at an opportune time for British Columbia, as we seek to understand how best to implement the TRC’s recommendations. Download Senator Sinclair's slide presentation here: At the end of his talk, Senator Sinclair showed a music video titled "Perfect Crime" by Aaron Peters. It can be viewed here:
  • TDI 2018 Keynote: Senator Murray Sinclair

    The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair speaks at the 6th annual Tommy Douglas Institute, "Community - Education - Change: Indigenous Ways of Knowing - KIHKINOOHAMAKEWIN" (George Brown College / Toronto, 2018)
  • "Indigenous communities have the highest rates of suicide in the world" Senator Murray Sinclair

    The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, reflects on the history of Aboriginal rights in Canada. After decades of marginalisation, Aboriginal communities suffer from high levels of poverty, lower life expectancy and an alarming suicide rate. Senator Sinclair, the first Aboriginal judge appointed in Manitoba, shares his lessons on renewing and restoring pride in Aboriginal cultures across the globe. The 'Aboriginal Canada: The Peace & Reconciliation Process' Special Session took place at the 2016 One Young World Summit, the world's premier forum for young leaders, in Ottawa, Canada. The Summit brought together 1,300 delegates from all 196 UN-recognised countries, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change.
  • It is up to you to climb this mountain

    Senator Murray Sinclair delivers a Keynote at the Canadian Museums Association National Conference 2017 in Ottawa, Ont. This keynote titled "It is Up to You to Climb this Mountain," is a CMA Fellows Lecture.
  • Inquiring Minds: Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair

    The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair speaks at Inquiring Minds: Understanding the call for, role of, and limitations on an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, an event honouring the families of our stolen sisters and the survivors of violence, held February 9th, 2015. Presented by The University of Winnipeg's Indigenous Advisory Circle. Hosted by Diane Roussin Chair, Indigenous Advisory Circle.
  • Belong Forum with Senator Murray Sinclair | Dalhousie University

    On September 5, 2018, Canadian Senator Murray Sinclair joined Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia for Dal's fourth Belong Forum, a part of our 200th anniversary celebrations.
  • Justice Murray Sinclair on the Royal Proclamation of 1763

    On the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, Chief Justice Murray Sinclair, senator and former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, discusses the Proclamation and its implications for the nation-to-nation relationships between the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America) and, in this context, Canada. The canoe seen is, 'Treaty Canoe' by artist Alex McKay (
  • Sen. Murray Sinclair: How can Canadians work toward reconciliation

    Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Murray Sinclair says Canadians can work toward reconciliation by reading the report and finding a call to action that interests them.
  • Murray Sinclair: Truth and Reconciliation

    Justice Murray Sinclair on the progress of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and why it continues to matter to all Canadians.
  • TRC One Year Later.

    One year ago, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its report on the damage done by Canada's residential schools. The report included a list of 94 calls to action that the Liberal government has pledged to implement. Murray Sinclair, chair of the commission, and now an independent senator, discusses the progress on the recommendations.
  • Murray Sinclair interview

    CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge talks with Justice Murray Sinclair, who heads the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.