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The Hon. Justice Murray Sinclair

The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair is a former Canadian senator and was Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Throughout his life and career, he has been an outstanding advocate for Indigenous people.

Born and raised in Selkirk Manitoba, Justice Sinclair graduated from high school as class valedictorian and athlete of the year in 1968. After serving as Special Assistant to the Attorney General of Manitoba, he attended the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba and, in 1979, graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba.  He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1980. In the course of his legal practice, Justice Sinclair practiced primarily in the fields of civil and criminal litigation and Aboriginal law.

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. He was Manitoba’s first and Canada’s second Indigenous judge.

From June 2009 until its completion in December 2015, he oversaw the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. During that time, he heard the testimony of more than 7,000 former students.

He was appointed to the senate in 2016 and served actively until his retirement in January 2021.