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The truth is hard. Reconciliation is harder.

The truth is hard. Reconciliation is harder—comes at an opportune time for our country, as we seek to understand how best to implement the TRC’s recommendations. In this keynote, Senator Sinclair reminds us that reconciliation is not an act of forgiving past wrongs. It is a process of dismantling the ongoing colonial relationship that treats Indigenous people as less than human. It is not a matter of benevolence or charity. It is a matter of respect and rights.
Senator Sinclair has served as chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), was the first Indigenous judge appointed in Manitoba, and is a current member of the Canadian Senate.

Cultural and Racial Safety

With the advent of minority hiring initiatives and employer efforts to democratize and diversify the workplace, the need to create a respectful workplace is seen to be an important employer obligation. The potential for cultural misunderstandings and harassment poses a real threat to individuals as well the overall workplace.  Creating a safe environment is everyone’s responsibility.

The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair

Diversity and Inclusion

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.

Topics

The truth is hard. Reconciliation is harder.

The truth is hard. Reconciliation is harder—comes at an opportune time for our country, as we seek to understand how best to implement the TRC’s recommendations. In this keynote, Senator Sinclair reminds us that reconciliation is not an act of forgiving past wrongs. It is a process of dismantling the ongoing colonial relationship that treats Indigenous people as less than human. It is not a matter of benevolence or charity. It is a matter of respect and rights.
Senator Sinclair has served as chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), was the first Indigenous judge appointed in Manitoba, and is a current member of the Canadian Senate.

Cultural and Racial Safety

With the advent of minority hiring initiatives and employer efforts to democratize and diversify the workplace, the need to create a respectful workplace is seen to be an important employer obligation. The potential for cultural misunderstandings and harassment poses a real threat to individuals as well the overall workplace.  Creating a safe environment is everyone’s responsibility.

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Testimonial

Senator Sinclair presented with humour, honesty, passion and knowledge. The room was filled with engaged community members committed to learning more about the journey of reconcilation and building stronger communities.

— Saskatoon Community Foundation

Testimonial

It was our great honour to have Senator Murray Sinclair give the keynote speech at the 2017 gala for the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Senator Sinclair’s speech was utterly captivating, and held our audience of 750 spell-bound. The speech was both humorous and challenging, and received nothing but the highest praise from those in attendance. This is a person who needs to be heard – one of the deeply wise and compassionate voices in Canada today. And on top of it all, Senator Sinclair was a pleasure to meet and generous with his time.

— Seth Klein, Director, BC Office, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives