Unsettling the Settler Within

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

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A compassionate and powerful book that will appeal to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal policymakers, politicians, educators, students, and any Canadian with an interest in building a future that both acknowledges and learns from the failures of the past.
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  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 460g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 077481778X
  • 9780774817783
  • 56,113

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In 2008, Canada established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to mend the deep rifts between Aboriginal peoples and the settler society that created Canada's notorious residential school system. Unsettling the Settler Within argues that non-Aboriginal Canadians must undergo their own process of decolonization in order to truly participate in the transformative possibilities of reconciliation. Settlers 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. A compassionate call to action, this powerful book offers a new and hopeful path toward healing the wounds of the past.
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Table of contents

Foreword by Taiaiake Alfred


Introduction: A Settler's Call to Action

1 An Unsettling Pedagogy of History and Hope

2 Rethinking Reconciliation: Truth Telling, Restorying History, Commemoration

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 Witnesses

7 An Apology Feast in Hazelton: A Settler's "Unsettling"

8 Peace Warriors and Settler Allies


Selected Bibliography

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Seeking to navigate the complex terrain of reconciliation in Canada, Regan's text is an important contribution to settler studies in Canada ... Her ability to fuse literatures from the burgeoning field of settler studies and anticolonial scholarship is impressive. -- Robyn Green, Carleton University * Great Plains Research, Vol. 22 No. 2, Fall 2012 * Regan weaves together her own profoundly personal experiences in Indigenous communities with wider historical study and narrative analysis ... most compelling. -- Adam J. Barker, University of Leicester * Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Vol. 13 No. 3, Winter 2012 *
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About Paulette Regan

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.
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