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Jim Sinclair, towering figure in Aboriginal history, dies at 79 –

by aanationtalk on November 12, 2012439 Views

CBC News Posted: Nov 10, 2012

Jim Sinclair, one of the most significant figures in the advancement of Aboriginal interests in Canada, died Friday at the age of 79.

Sinclair was a founding member of the Native Council of Canada, now known as the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, and the Métis National Council.

In 1982, Sinclair led the effort, which wound up in the courts, to have Métis recognized in the Constitution.

“He was a leader like none we’ve ever seen before,” Don Ross, a long-time friend of Sinclair, told CBC News Friday. “And chances are we’ll never see another one like him. He had a commitment to our community and he took it to the national level and international level.”

Sinclair’s dedication to First Nations and Métis rights was also pursued on the world stage, Ross noted.

“His role on the international scene, having an audience with the Pope, talking to the Queen and negotiating Treaty rights and just rights overall, human rights, for First Nations and Métis people, that is unparalleled in our time,” Ross said.

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