Justice Murray Sinclair
The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair was appointed Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which looks at those affected by the Indian Residential School system, in June 2009. He was Manitoba's first Aboriginal Judge and the second Aboriginal judge in Canada.
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, and Co-Commissioner, along with Associate Chief Justice A. C. Hamilton, of Manitoba's Aboriginal Justice Inquiry.
In 2000, Justice Sinclair completed the Report of the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest, into the deaths of 12 children in the pediatric cardiac surgery program of Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre in 1994. He was awarded a National Aboriginal Achievement award in addition to many other community service awards, as well as 8 Honourary Degrees for his work in the field of Aboriginal justice.
- Bio from Sol Kanee Lecture program, September 2014
The 2014 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice took place on Monday, September 29, 2014.
Justice Sinclair's lecture addressed the question "What Do We Do About the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools?"