Decolonizing Canada: Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission


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In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission completed its inquiry into Canada’s residential school system for Indigenous children. In its final report, it asserted that its ultimate purpose is reconciliation—establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. This could only happen, the Commissioners insisted, through an understanding of the legacies of colonization. “History plays an important role in reconciliation,” they argued; “to build for the future, Canadians must look to, and learn from, the past.” It is not only the history of the residential school system that needs to be understood; the longer history of Indigenous-Settler relations is also relevant. These free lectures, organized by the Department of History, respond to the Commission’s call for a critical examination of that past by giving you an opportunity to hear historically-minded scholars, and to engage with their ideas and develop your own. Join us at this critical juncture in Canada’s history as we explore the past in hopes of building a better future. Registration is required as seating is limited.

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