APTN National NewsAn 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.