The U of S Canada 150 Project is very pleased to host the launch of the book Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Canada Confronts Its History, by U of S professor emeritus of history Jim Miller and published by University of Toronto Press.
In this unique, timely and provocative work, award-winning author Jim Miller asks Canadians to accept that the root of the problem was Canadians like them in the past who acquiesced to aggressively assimilative policies.
Everyone is welcome to attend. You can register online.
Introduction by U of S President Stoicheff. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
About the book: Since the 1980s successive Canadian institutions, and federal governments as well as Christian churches have attempted to grapple with the malignant legacy of residential schooling through 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.
Miller is the author of numerous award-winning works on issues related to Indigenous peoples including Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens and Shingwauk's Vision, both published by University of Toronto Press.
- 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
- Convocation Hall, Peter MacKinnon Building