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Unsettling the Settler Within
Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada
Paulette Regan  

$36.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/25/2011
ISBN: 9780774817783    

316 Pages


About the Book

• Shortlisted, 2012 Canada Prize in Social Sciences, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

In 2008 the Canadian government apologized to the victims of the notorious Indian residential school system, and established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission whose goal was to mend the deep rifts between Aboriginal peoples and the settler society that engineered the system.

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.

About the Author(s)

Paulette Regan is the Director of Research for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. She holds a PhD from the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria.

Table of Contents

Taiaiake Alfred
Introduction: A Settler’s Call to Action
1 An Unsettling Pedagogy of History and Hope
2 Rethinking Reconciliation: Truth Telling, Restorying History,
3 Deconstructing Canada’s Peacemaker Myth
4 The Alternative Dispute Resolution Program: Reconciliation
as Regifting
5 Indigenous Diplomats: Counter-Narratives of Peacemaking
6 The Power of Apology and Testimony: Settlers as Ethical
7 An Apology Feast in Hazelton: A Settler’s "Unsettling"
8 Peace Warriors and Settler Allies
Selected Bibliography


"This book is significant not only as it concerns relations between Indigenous peoples and Canadians; it will be of interest to those working in multicultural settings of many kinds where power imbalances have affected relations. Paulette Regan manages to combine scholarly discourse with personal accounts in ways that buttress the book’s credibility and make it a must-read for anyone interested in reconciliation between peoples."
-- L. Michelle LeBaron, Professor of Law and Director, UBC Program on Dispute Resolution

Sample Chapter

Front Matter and Introduction [PDF]

Related Topics

Aboriginal Studies
History > Canada

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