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A rare photo from an Indian Residential School in Fort Resolution, N.W.T. These systems have been labeled a form of genocide by the Canadian House of Commons. (Department of Mines and Technical Surveys/Library and Archives Canada)

Residential school system recognized as genocide in Canada’s House of Commons: A harbinger of change

Canada’s recent resolution to label the Indian Residential School system as genocide (and not cultural genocide) is not a mere alteration of words, it is a significant and consequential change.
In this picture taken Sept. 29, 2022, Rohingya refugees line up to gather relief supplies at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP via Getty Images

Generous aid to Ukraine is diverting resources away from other refugee crises around the world

The international response to the refugee crisis in Ukraine has been impressive. But humanitarian aid is falling short to help refugees in other countries such as Bangladesh, Yemen and Ethiopia.
Jewish deportees march through the German town of Würzburg to the railroad station on April 25, 1942. US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration

Unknown Holocaust photos – found in attics and archives – are helping researchers recover lost stories and providing a tool against denial

Holocaust scholars long relied on documents and survivor testimonies to help reconstruct the history of that tragic event. Now, they’re turning to wordless witnesses to learn more: pictures.
A woman who attended an Indian Day School joins her daughter as they look at the Orange shirts, shoes, flowers and messages on display outside the B.C. legislature in June 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Canada’s reckoning with colonialism and education must include Indian Day Schools

People must learn more about the history and legacies of residential schools and day schools and understand their relationship to Canada’s colonial project.
Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs hockey players stand for the national anthem in Toronto in 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

‘O Canada’: Why I no longer stand for the national anthem

You can love a country and still hold it to account. I love Canada. But I won’t stand for the anthem at a sporting event or elsewhere, especially not when my kids are watching.
Community health workers assist patients as they gather their medications and supplements to discuss them during remote visits with pharmacists. Photo courtesy of Khmer Health Associates

Scientists at Work: How pharmacists and community health workers build trust with Cambodian genocide survivors

Studying medication use in a traumatized population of immigrants required pharmacists to listen to and learn from trusted community health workers.

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