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Power through Testimony

Reframing Residential Schools in the Age of Reconciliation

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Power through Testimony

Reframing Residential Schools in the Age of Reconciliation

Power through Testimony documents how survivors are remembering and reframing our understanding of residential schools in the wake of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, which includes the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a forum for survivors, families, and communities to share their memories and stories with the Canadian public. The commission closed and reported in 2015, and this timely volume reveals what happened on the ground. Drawing on field research during the commission and in local communities, the contributors reveal how survivors are unsettling colonial narratives about residential schools and how churches and former school staff are receiving or resisting the new “residential school story.”

252 pages


Table of Contents

Foreword / Ronald Niezen

Introduction / Brieg Capitaine and Karine Vanthuyne

Part 1: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Action

1 On the Making of a National Tragedy: The Transformation of the Meaning of the Indian Residential Schools / Eric Taylor Woods

2 Telling a Story and Performing the Truth: The Indian Residential School as Cultural Trauma / Brieg Capitaine

3 Loving to Reconcile: Love as a Political Emotion at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission / Robyn Green

4 Learning through Conversation: An Inquiry into Shame / Janice Cindy Gaudet and Lawrence Martin/Wapistan

Part 2: Conflicting Memories and Paths of Action

5 Surviving as Mi’kmaq and First Nations People: The Legacies of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School in Nova Scotia / Simone Poliandri

6 “National Memory” and Its Remainders: Labrador Inuit Counterhistories of Residential Schooling / Arie Molena

7 Remembering Residential Schools, Accounting for Decolonization through Development: Conflicting Viewpoints / Karine Vanthuyne

Part 3: (Un)reckoning with Historical Abuses

8 The New Victims: Perpetrators before the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission / Jula Hughes

9 Residential Schools in Canada: Why the Message Is Not Getting Across / Cheryl Gaver

Epilogue / Charles R. Menzies

Index

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