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The Honourable Murray Sinclair to join NCTR and Faculty of Law in August


The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), and its host University of Manitoba is honoured to announce that the Honourable Murray Sinclair, Mizhana Gheezhik (The One Who Speaks of Pictures in the Sky) will be joining us as a Special Advisor/Elder-in-Residence this fall. 

In his new role, Honourable Sinclair will be providing Indigenous law guidance and expert advice to the NCTR and its Governance Structure as we continue the work of Truth and Reconciliation. The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law, its Dean, students, and staff will utilize his expertise as a knowledge keeper specializing in Indigenous culture and law to support its ongoing journey in meeting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) Calls to Action.

“In all we do, we must put reconciliation first. As we head towards the second official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, I am pleased to join the NCTR and the University of Manitoba as we collectively work towards the recognition and implementation of the Calls to Action,” said his Honour. 

The Honourable Sinclair is Anishinaabe and a member of the Peguis First Nation. He is also Manitoba’s first Indigenous Justice and the former chief commissioner of the TRC.  In addition to his illustrious 40-year career in the Justice System, Murray Sinclair was also appointed to the Senate in April 2016, where he served for five years before retiring to return to practicing law and providing mentorship.  

As his list of credentials is exemplary, one of the Honourable Sinclair’s greatest achievements are being a father, husband to his wife Katherine and mooshum to his five grandchildren. 

We look forward to working with his honour in the coming months and applying his expertise to our ongoing work of ensuring truth and reconciliation for Survivors of the residential school system continues and to  ensure that the teaching of law recognizes plurality, inclusion and amelioration.

“This is an exciting opportunity to hear the wisdom and guidance of his Honour on bringing reconciliation and community to all we do,“ said Stephanie Scott, Executive Director of the NCTR. 
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