Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Canada Confronts its History

Category: Book
By (author): Miller, J.R.
Subject:  EDUCATION / History
  HISTORY / Canada / General
  HISTORY / Native American
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
Audience: college/higher education
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Published: November 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*

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.

From The Publisher*

Residential Schools and Reconciliation is a unique, timely, and provocative work that tackles and explains the institutional responses to Canada's residential school legacy.

Biographical NoteJ.R. Milleris a professor emeritus of history at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the author of numerous works on issues related to Indigenous peoples includingSkyscrapers Hide the HeavensandShingwauk's Vision, both published by University of Toronto Press.