Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee congratulates Justice Murray Sinclair on his Senate appointment.
“Mizanay Gheezhik – Justice Murray Sinclair, is deserving of this appointment,” says Grand Council Chief Madahbee. “We are proud that he will be representing Indigenous Peoples interests in an under-represented government body. The work that he did with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is an example of how he will seek the truth for First Nations people in Canada.
Justice Sinclair was appointed the Chair of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission in June 2009. The Commission’s mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools and document the accounts of survivors, families, communities and anyone personally affected by the Indian Residential Schools experience.
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.