Senator Murray Sinclair receives honorary LLD from Law Society of Ontario

Posted: 09/25/2018

Senator SinclairThe Law Society of Ontario will present a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair, at its Call to the Bar ceremony on September 28, 2018 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

Called to the Manitoba Bar in 1980, Senator Murray Sinclair has been recognized as a highly respected leader in Canada. He has served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years and was the first Aboriginal Judge appointed in Manitoba, and the second appointed in Canada.

In 1988, he was appointed Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Manitoba. Shortly after his appointment in 1988, he served as Co-Commissioner of Manitoba’s Aboriginal Justice Inquiry. He then was appointed to the Court of the Queen’s Bench in Manitoba in 2001. Senator Sinclair was appointed to the Senate on April 2, 2016.

In 2009, he was appointed the Chair of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 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.

He was instrumental in documenting the history of Indian Residential Schools in Canada and the accounts of more than 6,750 residential school survivors. His wisdom and leadership delivered the first comprehensive report on this dark chapter in our history including 94 Calls to Action for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to guide us towards reconciliation.

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 over a dozen Canadian universities. Senator Sinclair was appointed to the Senate on April 2, 2016.

His service to the country and Indigenous people has been widely recognized with numerous honorary degrees, Canada’s World Peace Award in 2016, the 2017 National Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement Award and the Meritorious Service Cross for his work on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Law Society awards honorary doctorates to distinguished people in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law or the cause of justice. An honorary LLD is presented to each Call to the Bar ceremony and LLD recipients serve as inspirational keynote speakers for the new lawyers attending the ceremonies.