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Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair

Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair

| 29 min

As the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Senator Murray Sinclair was a key figure in raising global awareness of the atrocities of Canada’s residential school system. With determination, wisdom and kindness, Senator Sinclair remains steadfast in his belief that the path to actual reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people requires understanding and accepting often difficult truths about Canada’s past and present. Alanis Obomsawin shares the powerful speech the Senator gave when he accepted the WFM-Canada World Peace Award, interspersing the heartbreaking testimonies of former students imprisoned at residential schools. The honouring of Senator Sinclair reminds us to honour the lives and legacies of the tens of thousands of Indigenous children taken from their homes and cultures, and leaves us with a profound feeling of hope for a better future.

Also available on the Alanis Obomsawin: A Legacy DVD box set

  • director
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • writer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • editor
    Alison Burns
  • director of photography
    Germán Gutiérrez
  • location sound
    Tod Van Dyk
  • sound editor
    Don Ayer
  • original music
    Lauren Bélec
    Michel Dubeau
  • musician
    Lauren Bélec
    Michel Dubeau
    Éloi Amesse
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • lead animator
    Élise Simard
  • compositor
    Élise Simard
  • additional animation
    Devan Marinaccio
  • technical consultant
    Faiyaz Jafri
  • research
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • archival research
    Katherine Kasirer
  • rights clearances
    Katherine Kasirer
  • online editor
    Denis Pilon
  • graphic design
    Mélanie Bouchard
    Alain Ostiguy
  • titles
    Jacques Bertrand Simard
  • credits
    Jacques Bertrand Simard
  • digital editing technician
    Pierre Dupont
    Marie-Josée Gourde
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
  • sound technician
    Bernard Belley
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Lord
  • post-production coordinator
    Amanda Roy
  • marketing manager
    François Jacques
  • publicist
    Nadine Viau
  • assistant to Alanis Obomsawin
    Michael Shu
  • legal counsel
    Dominique Aubry
  • production coordinator
    Christine Williams
  • senior production coordinator
    Cheryl Murgatroyd
  • studio administrator
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
  • producer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke


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Mini-Lesson - Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair

History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges

For most of Canada’s existence, the teaching of its history has omitted the many racist laws, horrors, abuses and genocide perpetrated on the Indigenous Peoples of this land. This mini-lesson follows Murray Sinclair as he demonstrates that the colonial narrative that shaped Canada’s version of history tokenized, dehumanized and erased the many contributions and innovations of Indigenous Peoples and their key role in shaping what is now known as Canada.

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