Book ReviewsResidential School and Reconciliation: Canada Confront its History

Residential School and Reconciliation: Canada Confront its History

Residential School and Reconciliation: Canada Confront its History

Residential School and Reconciliation Canada Confront its History

By: J.R. Miller

348 pages • ISBN 978-1-4875-0218-8


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. Analyzing 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.

J.R. Miller is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the author of numerous works on issues related to indigenous people including Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens and Shingwauk´s Vision, both published by University of Toronto Press.

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