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Jesse Popp is an Indigenous scholar who is regularly inundated with requests for input and assistance. Here she shares a few things you should consider before reaching out to an Indigenous scholar. (Jesse Popp)

Want to reach out to an Indigenous scholar? Awesome! But first, here are 10 things to consider

As people recognize the value in weaving together knowledge systems and move towards reconciliation, Indigenous Peoples are being increasingly approached.
A temporary memorial for Canada’s residential schools is blessed by Indigenous elders in a pipe ceremony in Calgary in August 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

Reckoning with the truths of unmarked graves of Indigenous children, education systems must take action

Here’s what the education system needs to do to help teachers address, repair and heal education towards and beyond reconciliation.
Shoes are placed at the base of the vandalized Egerton Ryerson statue at Ryerson University in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ryerson’s reputational crisis: What to do about its namesake and his legacy

Discussions on the renaming of Ryerson University must prioritize the public interest and meet the collective responsibility to engage with Canada’s history of Indigenous oppression.
A man hangs a protest banner where the Egerton Ryerson statue used to sit at Ryerson University. The statue was toppled in June by those protesting the discovery of graves at Indian Residential Schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Suburban monumentalism: How do we change Indigenous-settler relations when there are no statues to destroy?

The suburban-built environment whitewashes the violence and theft on which Canada is built.
An Aboriginal hunting ground is acknowledged in Cadigal Green, University of Sydney, by landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean with Paul Thompson and Paul Carter, 2009. Michael Nicholson

Australia’s universities are on unceded land. Here’s how they must reconcile with First Nations people

Universities must meaningfully acknowledge they are sited on unceded First Nations land and Indigenous culture should be recognised in campus design. These steps are vital for reconciliation.
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau speaks during a dramatic meeting with the entire federal cabinet and a delegation of about 200 First Nations leaders on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in 1970. THE CANADIAN PRESS/R. Mac

Pierre Trudeau’s failures on Indigenous rights tarnish his legacy

How did a national leader whose animating political spirit was protecting human rights come to adopt a passive acceptance of Canada’s worst face of colonialism?
Students of the Metlakatla Indian Residential School, B.C. (William James Topley. Library and Archives Canada, C-015037)

Residential school survivors’ stories and experiences must be remembered as class action settlement finishes

The destruction of IAP residential school records and media reports that continually emphasize compensation will ensure that if remembered, the process will be remembered through a colonial gaze.
By identifying the need to tackle systemic discrimination instead of colonialism, Trudeau is reinforcing an established idea in Canadian politics: that colonialism is history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Not in the past: Colonialism is rooted in the present

Narratives that historicize colonialism are not new. Canadians and our leaders have a long history of denying our settler colonial present.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats meet with reporters before the House voted to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package on Feb. 26, 2021. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Why using reconciliation to pass Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus bill violates the original purpose of the process

In 1974, Congress invented the reconciliation process to reduce deficits. More recently, reconciliation has been used in ways that increase the deficit. A public policy scholar explains the process.

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