Discussions on Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission
Posted on January 13, 2015 by Christopher Thrall
“The TRC tends to victimize the survivors of the residential schools and cannot fully pursue its role of establishing the grounds for restorative justice.”
On Tuesday, January 20, we invite you to spend some time with Ronald Niezen, professor of anthropology and McGill University. He will be discussing the results of his research into the TRC, also published in the book Truth and Indignation: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools (University of Toronto Press, 2013).
Dr. Niezen shows the current process of reconciliation through the TRC as lacking in participation from governments and Euro-Canadians and as excluding the testimony of the persons who took part in the institution. As a result, the TRC tends to victimize the survivors of the residential schools and cannot fully pursue its role of establishing the grounds for restorative justice.
Ronald Niezen is Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy with the Faculties of Law and of Arts at McGill University and the author of numerous books such as The Rediscovered Self: Indigenous Identity and Cultural Justice (McGill-Queen’s, 2009) and Public Justice and the Anthropology of Law (Cambridge, 2010). Educated at Cambridge and having taught at Harvard as well as Åbo Akademi University (Finland), he has been called as an expert witness on immigration and on Indigenous populations. Dr. Niezen has accomplished research with Cree communities in Manitoba, Ontario, and Québec, as well as with the Songhay of Mali and the Sami of Europe.
Tuesday, January 20
“Liberation from the Past: Victim-Centrism in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission”
F1-305, Augustana Campus
(A light lunch will be served. Room space may be limited.)
“The Limits of Truth-Telling: Inclusion and Exclusion in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission”
Epp Conference Room 2-004, Augustana Campus
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