TRC Commissioner Sinclair takes strong exception to APTN story

An item by APTN National News reporter Rob Smith which aired last Friday raised a question which is a source of much debate: Were residential schools genocide?

APTN National News
An item by APTN National News reporter Rob Smith which aired last Friday raised a question which is a source of much debate: Were residential schools genocide?

Smith’s story indicated that the head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission seemed to be backtracking on the question.

Smith’s story included a clip of TRC Commissioner Murray Sinclair saying the crime of genocide did not occur. Justice Sinclair has taken strong exception to this story. Sinclair says he’s never reversed his position that residential schools were genocide and were intended to exterminate Aboriginal culture. Sinclair says he was clarifying a matter of law.

APTN National News has invited Justice Sinclair to appear on the program. The invitation remains open and we would welcome him anytime to clarify his comments.

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Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.