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Senator Murray Sinclair has been named the recipient of the 2016 Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).
Sinclair, the former Justice for the Queen’s Bench of Manitoba, will be honoured on Sept. 22 at the CCAB’s 14th annual dinner in Vancouver for his distinguished record of public service and work leading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada.
The award "recognizes an individual, aboriginal or non-aboriginal, who has contributed, through professional and voluntary commitments, to building bridges between Aboriginal peoples and Canadian society, making a substantial impact across all sectors, socially, culturally, and politically. It highlights the efforts of people who have been ambassadors in working with Aboriginal peoples and communities," a press release stated.
"Senator Murray Sinclair’s work leading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a shining example of his commitment to Aboriginal people and bringing all Canadians to the forefront and understanding of a national tragedy and injustice," JP Gladu, President and CEO of CCAB, said in a statement.
"For six years Senator Sinclair travelled to communities across Canada to listen to the stories of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students who were put through Canada’s residential school system. Reconciliation is the key to creating a new relationship, one based on mutual respect and understanding and we are truly humbled to celebrate his life’s work."
Sinclair also was a co-commissioner of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry, which studied the impact of the criminal justice on Aboriginal peoples in Manitoba and also conducted a six-year inquiry into the deaths of 12 children that resulted in a study that led to changes in pediatric heart surgery in Canada. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba and was appointed to the Senate in 2016.