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The Research Advisory Committee

The role of the Ipperwash Inquiry's Research Advisory Committee was to assist the Inquiry to fulfill Part Two of its mandate by:

  • Assisting the Inquiry to develop and manage a research/policy agenda; andand
  • Providing expert, ongoing advice to the Commissioner and Inquiry staff in areas of individual expertise and as a group.

    The committee is composed of seven persons, including:


    Professor Darlene Johnston. Professor Johnston joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto in 2002 as an Assistant Professor and Aboriginal Student Advisor. Her teaching areas include Aboriginal Law and Property Law and some of her research focuses on the relationship between totemic identity, territoriality and governance.

    Wally McKay. Wally McKay is from Sachigo Lake First Nation. He has over 30 years leadership experience, including terms as Grand Chief and Regional Grand Chief. Wally is a consultant, specializing in First Nations governance.

    Philip Murray. Mr. Murray was Commissioner of the RCMP between 1994 and 2000. He retired in September 2000. Mr. Murray holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Certificate in Personnel Administration from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. He is a graduate of the Canadian Police College Advanced Police Studies Program. He is also a graduate of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) National Executive Institute. Mr Murray served with the RCMP for 38 years. He has broad experience in operational policing and management, progressing from a uniformed peace officer to the most senior position of Commissioner of the RCMP.

    Professor Kent Roach. Professor Roach is a professor of law and criminology at the University of Toronto. He holds degrees in law from Yale and University of Toronto, and a degree in political science and history from University of Toronto. He served as research director for the Ontario Law Reform Commission's Project on Public Inquiries, and Dean of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. Acting pro bono, he has frequently appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada as counsel for various public interest groups.

    Jonathan Rudin. Mr. Rudin is the co-author and researcher of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples' report on criminal law - Bridging the Cultural Divide. He is the Program Director at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto where he assisted with the development of the Community Council Program and the Gladue (Aboriginal Persons) Court at the Toronto Old City Hall Courthouse.

    Professor Peter Russell, O.C. Professor Russell taught Political Science at the University of Toronto from 1958 until 1996, specializing in Judicial, Constitutional and Aboriginal Politics. He is a past President of the Canadian Political Science Association and an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is the author of The Judiciary in Canada: The Third Branch of Government, Constitutional Odyssey: Can Canadians Become A Sovereign People? and co-editor of Judicial Power and Canadian Democracy. His book on The Mabo Case and Indigenous Decolonization will be published in 2005.

    Former Members

    Grand Council Chief Earl Commanda. Chief Commanda is the Chief of the Union of Ontario Indians. Chief Commanda, of Serpent River First Nation, has been involved in aboriginal politics in various capacities for over 20 years. He served ten consecutive terms as Chief in his community, as well as several years as a band councilor.

    Tonita Murray. Ms. Murray is a civilian member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Director General of the Canadian Police College, and Director of the Police Futures Group, which is a policy think-tank on policing connected to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. Ms. Murray has spent close to 30 years in the policing field. Ms. Murray has published articles on policing and written and edited a range of official reports related to crime, law enforcement and police management.

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