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CBA honours Sinclair with president’s award

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 1:03 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


Sen. Murray Sinclair is the recipient of the 2018 president’s award from the Canadian Bar Association (CBA).

Murray Sinclair and Kerry Simmons

Sen. Murray Sinclair, holding the CBA president’s award, poses with CBA president Kerry Simmons.

The engraved brass scales of justice are given to a Canadian jurist who has made a significant contribution to the legal profession, to the Canadian Bar Association or to the public life of Canada.

Sinclair is best known for his work as chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but he was also the first Indigenous judge appointed in Manitoba and he eventually became the associate chief judge of the provincial court of Manitoba. Sinclair also sat as a justice on the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba. As a lawyer, he practised primarily in the fields of civil and criminal litigation, human rights law and Aboriginal law

“Senator Murray Sinclair is the ultimate truth teller. He has spent his life listening to and sharing the stories of Indigenous peoples, offering solutions and challenging all of us to do better, to do more. I am proud to honour Senator Sinclair in recognition of his lifelong public service and contribution to social justice in Canada,” said CBA president Kerry Simmons.

Photo by Blair Gable / courtesy of the Canadian Bar Association