Two Indigenous leaders receive honorary degrees – Queen’s Journal

by ahnationtalk on November 15, 201977 Views

Senator Murray Sinclair and National Chief Perry Bellegarde among four Queen’s recipients

This week, Canadian Senator Murray Sinclair and National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Perry Bellegarde were both scheduled to receive Honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) at Queen’s graduation ceremonies.

Bellegarde was awarded his LLD on Nov. 13, and Sinclair will receive his on Nov. 15. The other two honorary degree recipients for the November convocations include Margaret Murphy and Ann Dowsett Johnston.

Queen’s Senate policy dictates that nominees for an honorary degree need to have made a significant contribution nationally or internationally in their field of work to be successful candidates.

According to his profile on the Senate of Canada’s website, Sinclair was “the first Aboriginal judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second [Aboriginal judge].” He has served on the Canadian Senate since April of 2016.

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