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Media Advisory: Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Justice Murray Sinclair speaks at uOttawa May 30 at 12:15 pm

 

What do we do about the legacy of Indian residential schools?

OTTAWA
Saturday, May 30, 2015

12:15 – 13:15
Jock-Turcot University Centre, Alumni Auditorium
University of Ottawa

The Story
Speaking at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), will discuss the legacy of residential schools and offer a call for action towards reconciliation in Canada, including the role of universities in this process.

Justice Sinclair’s address sets the stage for numerous Truth and Reconciliation events at Congress. Coinciding with the Walk for Reconciliation in Ottawa and the release of the TRC’s Final Report, the week-long Congress represents a unique chance for Canada’s scholars and the public to connect forward-thinking research with this historic initiative.

Justice 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 is in Ottawa to preside over the TRC’s closing events and the release of the Commission’s Final Report. His lecture will be the first of seven Big Thinking lectures at Congress.

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About Big Thinking

Hosted by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Big Thinking lecture series brings together leading high-profile speakers who present forward-thinking research, bringing to light the valuable contribution of the humanities and social sciences to a free and democratic society. Big Thinking at Congress is sponsored by Universities Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

About the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress is the largest interdisciplinary conference in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. Now in its 84th year, Congress brings together 70+ academic associations that represent a rich spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including literature, history, theatre, film studies, education, music, sociology, geography, social work and many others. Congress 2015 is hosted by the University of Ottawa. For more information, visit www.congress2015.ca.

Notes:

  • Free admission for media.
  • This event will take place in English, with simultaneous interpretation into French.

 

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