Senator Murray Sinclair
Senator 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. On April 2, 2016 he was appointed to the Senate of Canada. 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).
A veteran broadcast journalist, Shelagh Rogers is the host and a producer of The Next Chapter, an award-winning CBC Radio program devoted to writing in Canada. In 2011, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for promoting Canadian culture, and for her volunteer work in the fields of mental health, adult literacy and reconciliation. Reconciliation is a passion for Rogers and in 2011, she became an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. She is the co-editor of two books "Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential School" and "Reconciliation and the Way Forward". She was the 2014 recipient of the Queen’s University Alumni Humanitarian Award.