Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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March 18, 2016


THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox, on behalf of the NAN Executive Council, applauds the appointment of Justice Murray Sinclair as one of seven new senators named by the Government of Canada.

“Justice Sinclair has a tremendous record of accomplishment and his tireless dedication leading the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission ensured that thousands Indian Residential School Survivors received the truth, justice and reconciliation they so rightfully deserved. We hope that Justice Sinclair and all of the new senators recognize the significant commitments made to Indigenous Peoples by the Government of Canada, we expect that this government’s commitment to a new relationship with First Nations will be reflected in the work of the Senate.”

Justice Sinclair was the first judge of Aboriginal descent in Manitoba and the second in Canada. He graduated from law school at the University of Manitoba in 1979 and was called to the Bar in 1980. He has a background in Aboriginal Law and has appeared as counsel in cases involving Treaty and Aboriginal rights.

He was appointed Associate Chief Judge of the Manitoba provincial court in 1988 and was co-commissioner of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry. In 2001 he was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench on the Manitoba Superior Court. He was honoured with the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1994 and has received numerous awards and honourary doctorates. He was appointed chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2009.

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