Unsettling The Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada
In Unsettling the Settler Within, Paulette Regan, a former residential-schools-claims manager, argues that in order to truly participate in the transformative possibilities of reconciliation, non-Aboriginal Canadians must undergo their own process of decolonization. They must relinquish the persistent myth of themselves as peacemakers and acknowledge the destructive legacy of a society that has stubbornly ignored and devalued Indigenous experience. With former students offering their stories as part of the truth and reconciliation processes, Regan advocates for an ethos that learns from the past, making space for an Indigenous historical counter-narrative to avoid perpetuating a colonial relationship between Aboriginal and settler peoples.
A powerful and compassionate call to action, Unsettling the Settler Within inspires with its thoughtful and personal account of Regan's own journey, and offers all Canadians - Indigenous and non-Indigenous policymakers, politicians, teachers, and students - a new way of approaching the critical task of healing the wounds left by the residential school system.
Also see related article Connecting the Colonial dots... in Intotemak Summer 2011
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