Confederation Centre of the Arts announced recently that the 2019 Symons Medal will be awarded to Senator Murray Sinclair on November 1 in Charlottetown.
The Symons Medal recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to Canadian life. Awarded each fall, the Symons Medal Ceremony creates a national platform for a prominent Canadian to discuss the State of Canadian Confederation in the context of their life’s work and contribution.
Senator Murray Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years. He was the second Indigenous Judge to be appointed in Canada and the first Indigenous Judge in Manitoba. He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As Chair of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015.
Senator Sinclair served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Manitoba. He was active within his profession and his community and has won numerous awards including the Meritorious Service Cross (2017), National Aboriginal Achievement Award (1994), Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Award (2001) and its Distinguished Service Award (2016) and Honorary Doctorates from eight Canadian universities. Senator Sinclair was appointed to the Senate in 2016.
The Symons Medal award is presented at Confederation Centre of the Arts in honour of the first meetings of the Fathers of Confederation, who gathered for the Charlottetown Conference in the fall of 1864. Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 18 distinguished Symons Medallists.
The Medal Ceremony and Lecture will take place in the Homburg Theatre. Tickets will be available via the Box Office at a later date.
The Symons Medal and Lecture Series is named in honour of Professor Thomas H.B. Symons, a long-time supporter of Confederation Centre and a Board Governor. Professor Symons, the founding President of Trent University, is recognized for his work in the field of Canadian Studies, particularly within public policy, heritage, and education.