Justice Murray Sinclair wins public education award

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November 13, 2015

The Honorable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is the winner of the 2015 Egerton Ryerson Award for Dedication to Public Education.

The award was celebrated on November 24th at TD Bank, with host Shelagh Rogers, author Wab Kinew, Kimberly Murray, head of Ontario’s new Aboriginal Justice Division and other business, education and community leaders.

Furthering Truth & Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action

People for Education inaugurated the Egerton Ryerson Award in 2008 to honour those who have been outspoken in their advocacy for strong public education.  The organization conducts ongoing research on the state of Aboriginal education in Ontario’s publicly funded schools and in their 2015 Annual Report recommended that the Ontario government act on the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

According to Justice Sinclair, “reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem; it is a Canadian one,” and he has said that the hope for Canada’s future lies in our schools. “You don’t have to believe that reconciliation will happen, you need to believe that reconciliation should happen and education is integral.”

Widespread support for TRC and Justice Sinclair

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission report was nothing short of a triumph for all Canadians and I cannot think of a person more committed to the project of public education, or more deserving of this award.”

The Honourable Paul Martin former Prime Minister of Canada

“Justice Sinclair has opened the eyes of Canadians to the dreadful damage we did to the Native people of Canada. I heard him speak eloquently and sensitively, and it was life-altering. People for Education has honoured many who have made significant contributions to educating Canadians. Justice Sinclair may top this list.”

The Honourable Margaret McCain, the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation.

“Justice Sinclair’s dedication and commitment to public education has positively influenced the ongoing necessary dialogue on important contemporary matters stemming from our national history.”

The Honourable William G. Davis, Former Premier of Ontario