Residential Schools and Reconciliation:  Canada Confronts its History

Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Canada Confronts its History

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By J.R. Miller
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2017
World Rights
320 Pages
ISBN 9781487502188
Available Nov 2017
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 $39.95    $29.96

Since the 1980s successive Canadian institutions, including the federal government and Christian churches, have attempted to grapple with the malignant legacy of residential schooling, including official apologies, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). In Residential Schools and Reconciliation, award winning author J. R. Miller tackles and explains these institutional responses to Canada’s residential school legacy. Analysing archival material and interviews with former students, politicians, bureaucrats, church officials, and the Chief Commissioner of the TRC, Miller reveals a major obstacle to achieving reconciliation – the inability of Canadians at large to overcome their flawed, overly positive understanding of their country’s history. This unique, timely, and provocative work asks Canadians to accept that the root of the problem was Canadians like them in the past who acquiesced to aggressively assimilative policies.

J.R. Miller is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the author of numerous works on issues related to Indigenous peoples including Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens and Shingwauk’s Vision, both published by University of Toronto Press.

Introduction: ‘We did not hear you’

Part One: Exposing the Problem

Chapter 1: The Churches Apologize

Chapter 2: The State Investigates

Chapter 3: The Government Responds

Part Two: Finding a Solution

Chapter 4: The Bench Adjudicates

Chapter 5: The Parties Negotiate

Chapter 6: The Parties Implement the Settlement Agreement

Part Three: Redress and Reconciliaiton

Chapter 7: Truth, and Reconciliation

Chapter 8: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Chapter 9: Conclusion