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Justice Murray Sinclair and Reverend Jesse Jackson


Justice Murray Sinclair

The Honourable Justice Murray 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 Aboriginal Judge.

Justice Sinclair was born and raised in the Selkirk area north of Winnipeg, graduating from his high school as class valedictorian and athlete of the year in 1968. After serving as Special Assistant to the Attorney General of Manitoba, Justice Sinclair 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. He represented a cross-section of clients but by the time of his appointment, was known for his representation of Aboriginal people and his knowledge of Aboriginal legal issues.

Shortly after his appointment as Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Manitoba in 1988, Justice Sinclair was appointed Co-Commissioner, along with Court of Queen's Bench Associate Chief Justice A. C. Hamilton, of Manitoba's Aboriginal Justice Inquiry. In November 2000, Justice Sinclair completed the Report of the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest, a study into the deaths of twelve children in the pediatric cardiac surgery program of Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre in 1994.

He has been awarded a National Aboriginal Achievement award in addition to many other community service awards, as well as Honourary Degrees from the University of Manitoba, the University of Ottawa, and St. John's College (University of Manitoba). He is an adjunct professor of Law and an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba. Justice Sinclair is married to Katherine Morrisseau-Sinclair (Animiki-quay). They have four children, Manon (Miskodagaginquay) Beaudrie, James (Niigonwedom) (and his partner Lorena Sekwan Fontaine), Déne (Beendighay-geezhigo-quay), Gazheek (Gazhegwenabeek), and one granddaughter Sarah (Nimijiien Niibense) Fontaine-Sinclair.

Reverend Jesse Jackson

The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America's foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice. On August 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Reverend Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Reverend Jackson has been called the "Conscience of the Nation" and "the Great Unifier," challenging America to be inclusive and to establish just and humane priorities for the benefit of all. He is known for bringing people together on common ground across lines of race, culture, class, gender and belief.

Shelagh Rogers

If you asked Shelagh Rogers what day she would relive, it would be a choice between interviewing Leonard Cohen face-to-face, and going out on the land in the company of the Labrador Inuit in the Torngat Mountains. Those choices reflect what drives Shelagh: the great artists and great people of our great land.

Over the years as a journalist on flagship programs such as Morningside, Sounds Like Canada and This Morning, Shelagh has traveled the length and breadth of this country, interviewing thousands of Canadians and collecting their stories. That's her passion and she believes sharing our stories enlarges our understanding of each other. She is currently the host and a producer of the CBC Radio program The Next Chapter, devoted to Canadian writers and songwriters. She is a Transforming Lives Award winner for speaking publicly about a private story: a decades-long battle with depression. Shelagh holds honourary doctorates from the University of Western Ontario (2001), Mount Allison University (2011) in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador's Memorial University (2012).

In the last few years, she has committed herself to working toward reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people from coast to coast to coast. She plans to devote herself to reconciliation for the rest of her life. Native Counseling Services of Alberta has given her their Achievement in the Aboriginal Community award. She is also proud to have been named, in June 2011, an "Honourary Witness" to the brave and essential work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Last September, Shelagh became an Officer of the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour, for promoting Canada's rich culture, for her volunteer work in adult literacy, for fighting against the stigma of mental illness, and for working toward reconciliation. She is the first-ever Ambassador-at-Large for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough.

As Shelley Ambrose, publisher of The Walrus Magazine says: "Think of her as Canada's ear. Then add a brain, a heart...and a very recognizable voice. That's Shelagh Rogers."

Shared Perspectives - An Evening of Reconciliation


Due to personal reasons, Jesse Jackson will no longer be available to attend.

Join the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) for an evening of dialogue and celebration of cultures in the spirit of reconciliation.

The evening will include keynote addresses from the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the TRC, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow Push Coalition, as well as an authors dialogue moderated by Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter.

In addition, Shared Perspectives will be infused with drumming and dancing celebrating the richness of culture and tradition with two-time world award-winning Hoop Dancer Lisa Odjig and the powerfully moving drum beats of Beyond Sound Empijah. Don't miss it!

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Ontario Human Rights Commission

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