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Symons Medal Presentation 2019 Now Available Online

Senator Murray Sinclair Received the 19th Symons Medal on November 1, 2019

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Last month at Confederation Centre of the Arts, Canadian Senator, the Honourable Murray Sinclair received the 2019 Symons Medal for exceptional contribution to Canadian life.

Before a full house in the Homburg Theatre and webcast live across the country, Senator Sinclair received the medal and delivered his thoughtful lecture Confederation: We Could Have Done Better. Now, the medal presentation and lecture is available online in its entirety.

The presentation includes: an opening performance from the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus; words of welcome from the Honourable Premier of Prince Edward Island, Dennis King; response from fellow Senator, the Honourable Brian Francis, also from P.E.I.; and a Q+A segment with the audience. YouTube links to the archived video are available in English and French.

Senator Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years and was the second Indigenous Judge to be appointed in Canada and the first Indigenous Judge in Manitoba. He also served as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Canada. 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 was the 19th recipient of the Symons Medal. Since 2004, the Centre has honoured 18 others, including: Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau; His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; historian Margaret MacMillan; human rights activist Stephen Lewis; the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada; and the President of the national Inuit organization, Mary Simon.

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 widely recognized for his work in the field of Canadian Studies, particularly within public policy, heritage, and education.

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Confederation Centre Announces Title of 2019 Symons Medal Lecture

Senator Murray Sinclair to receive the 19th Symons Medal on November 1; Tickets available tomorrow for Advance Members’ Sale and Thursday for general public 

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Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2019 Symons Medal Lecture is entitled Confederation: We Could Have Done Better. The 2019 Symons Medal Presentation and the delivery of the Symons Lecture will take place in the Homburg Theatre at 12:30 p.m. on November 1 and will also be livestreamed on the Centre’s YouTube channel.

 Tickets will be available tomorrow, Wednesday, October 16for the Confederation Centre members advance sale. Confederation Centre has just launched the Get Centre’d membership campaign, which guarantees–among many other benefits–advance ticket access to must-see events like the Symons Medal Lecture. Visit the new website for full details.

Lecture tickets for Confederation: We Could Have Done Betterwill be available for the general public as of 10 a.m. onThursday, October 17. There is no cost to attend the ceremony, but patrons must have a ticket in hand to enter and quantities are limited. Patrons can contact the box office online, via phone at 902.566.1267, or in person at the Centre.

Senator Murray Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years and was the second Indigenous Judge to be appointed in Canada and the first Indigenous Judge in Manitoba. He also served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Canada. In that role he participated in hundreds of hearings across the country, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015. He then oversaw an active multi-million-dollar fundraising program to support various TRC events and activities, and to allow survivors to travel to attend TRC events.

The Symons Medal is presented annually 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.

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Sinclair Gets Symons Medal

Confederation Centre of the Arts Announces 2019 Symons Medallist

Senator Murray Sinclair to receive the 19th Symons Medal for exceptional contribution to Canadian life

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Confederation Centre of the Arts announced today that the 2019 Symons Medal will be awarded to Senator Murray Sinclair on Friday, November 1 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The Symons Medal is one of Canada’s most prestigious honours and 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. He also oversaw an active multi-million dollar fundraising program to support various TRC events and activities, and to allow survivors to travel to attend TRC events.

Senator Sinclair has been invited to speak throughout Canada and internationally. He served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Manitoba. He was very active within his profession and his community and has won numerous awards including the Meritorious Service Cross (2017), a National Aboriginal Achievement Award (1994), a Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Award (2001) and its Distinguished Service Award (2016) and has received Honorary Doctorates from eight Canadian universities. Senator Sinclair was appointed to the Senate on April 2, 2016.

The Symons Medal award is presented at Confederation Centre of the Arts—Canada’s living memorial to Canadian Confederation—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—see the full list below in addendum. 

The 2019 Symons Medal Ceremony and Lecture will take place in the Homburg Theatre and will also be livestreamed on the Centre’s YouTube channel. Tickets for this important ceremony will be available via the Box Office at a later date. Stay tuned for further event updates on social media @confedcentre and via hashtag, #Symons2019.

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse