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Donald Lecture | Senator Murray Sinclair, Chief Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission

*this lecture will be available for live stream (see details below)*


Joining the #Ubishops community via live stream, Senator Murray Sinclair will discuss issues surrounding Aboriginal people in Canada as well as his experience being the first Aboriginal Judge appointed in Manitoba and the second in #Canada

Audience members will be able to ask questions to Senator Sinclair at the end of the Lecture.


Senator Murray 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.


*Live stream lectures

Bishop’s University is pleased to offer lectures for home viewing on a computer via live stream. Alumni, parents, faculty, and employees of Bishop’s University who live outside of the Eastern Townships will receive a password protected link and corresponding password via email on the afternoon of the lecture date. Copies of the lecture will not be made available after the event. If you are a parent or alumni and would like to ensure you receive this email, please contact

Donald Lecture Series speakers have been selected from nominations submitted by Bishop’s students, faculty, staff and community members. The Donald Lecture Series Advisory Committee is comprised of students, staff, faculty and community members, and provides recommendations to Principal Michael Goldbloom on the speakers. Nominations for the 2018-2019 season will open in March 2018 – we welcome your ideas!

For all questions regarding the Donald Lecture Series, please contact Denise Lauzière, Executive Assistant to the Principal and Vice-Principal at, or 819-822-9600, ext. 2201.

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