UM In the present day | School of Regulation welcomes Elders-in-Residence, The Honourable Murray Sinclair and Wendy Whitecloud
August 25, 2022 —
The College of Manitoba’s School of Regulation is happy to welcome The Honourable Murray Sinclair and retired legislation teacher Wendy Whitecloud to Robson Corridor as Elders-in-Residence beginning in August 2022.
The Hon. Mr. Sinclair will act as an advisory useful resource to college students and the Manitoba Indigenous Regulation College students Affiliation (MILSA), appearing as a data keeper specializing in Indigenous tradition and legislation. Concurrently serving as Elder-in-Residence to the School of Regulation, he may also be becoming a member of the Nationwide Centre for Reality and Reconciliation as an honourary patron. There, he can be offering Indigenous legislation steering and professional recommendation to the NCTR and its Governance Construction.
Whitecloud will act as a useful resource and mentor, principally to School of Regulation professors and employees.
“The School of Regulation has been dedicated to strolling the trail of Reality and Reconciliation, for a very long time already, however we acknowledge that this journey requires knowledge, session and recommendation,” mentioned Dr. Richard Jochelson, Dean of Regulation. “The Honourable Mr. Sinclair and Ms. Whitecloud’s help and data are invaluable and we welcome them each again to Robson Corridor.”
“Together with Elders within the studying course of is a part of the inspiration of Indigenous pedagogy. Having these two exceptional and revered knowledge-keepers in our midst will fill a much-needed hole within the schooling of all our legislation college students, and can particularly profit our Indigenous legislation college students, each present and future,” mentioned Marc Kruse, the School of Regulation’s Indigenous Authorized Research Coordinator.
A former member of the Canadian Senate who served as chair of the Nationwide Reality and Reconciliation Fee from 2009 to 2015, The Hon. Sinclair not too long ago returned to the observe of legislation at Cochrane Saxburg. He’s Anishinaabe and a member of the Peguis First Nation. After graduating from Robson Corridor in 1979, The Hon. Sinclair pursued an illustrious 40-year profession within the Justice system as a lawyer and decide. All through, he typically returned to Robson Corridor as a visitor speaker and continues to mentor legislation college students and junior attorneys.
As his record of credentials is exemplary, certainly one of The Hon. Sinclair’s biggest achievements are being a father, husband to his spouse Katherine and mooshum to his 5 grandchildren.
Wendy Whitecloud, accomplished her legislation diploma at Queen’s College, which final yr introduced her with its Justice Thomas Cromwell Distinguished Public Service Award. She not too long ago retired from an extended and distinguished profession on the School of Regulation, the place she served because the Director of Tutorial Help program, educating property, constitutional, and Aboriginal legislation. A previous board member of the Elizabeth Fry Society, she was a member of the Aboriginal Justice Implementation Fee.