President's Corner:

Sam Sinclair

Biography as submitted by the Sinclair Family

Sam Sinclair has served his Nation and country well, and continues to do so today. Sam was born in Slave Lake in 1928, and remained there for the first 16 years of his life. From there, he joined the Canadian Army, where he served for 38 months. While in the Army, he was very active, not only in duty, where he travelled from England to Belgium and then to Holland, but he was also very involved in sports. Mr. Sinclair was Track and Field Champion in the 2nd Division in Holland, where he was competing against athletes that were in the British Empire Games and trained by persons who were in the Olympics. While in Holland, Mr. Sinclair earned the title of Middleweight Champion in boxing, and to this day, he and his son are the only Aboriginal persons to be inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame. Sam Sinclair returned to Canada, and began to serve the Métis Nation. He became president of the Métis Nation of Alberta in 1979, where he served for 8 years, and during this time he sat on the board of the Native Council of Canada. But this wasn’t his only job. In addition to this, Sam worked for 25 years for the Alberta government, where his main focus was Aboriginal issues. Mr. Sinclair also sat on the board for the World Council for Indigenous Peoples, where he continued to travel to various third world countries such as Peru and Panama.

Sam Sinclair did find time in his busy schedule to marry Edna, his beautiful wife of 57 years. Sam is the proud father of 6 children, 17 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. To this day, Mr. Sinclair continues to be very actively involved in the international and national arena, with the Métis Veteran’s Association, where he was the President for 8 years and now sits as a board member. Mr Sinclair, you have served the Métis Nation well in the past and continue to do so today. We are very proud of his contributions.

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