The Pope’s apology could mark a new way forward if the Catholic Church makes genuine reparations for the evils it perpetrated.
Apologizing for people versus the establishment that upheld not only the Indian Residential Schools system but protected – and continues to protect — the people who committed the crimes is horrifying.
Whether this apology has truly advanced the goal of healing may become evident only in years and decades to come.
Settler Canadians have a responsibility to build respectful, reciprocal relationships with Indigenous nations on our shared geographic space. This relationship starts with land restitution.
The famous writer turns 70 this year. She is driven by how South Africans see and hear one another.
It may be possible to expand people’s circle of moral concern and, in turn, promote reconciliation through connecting people to nature.
Secret burials are the stuff of gothic fiction, but these gothic events actually happened to Indigenous children.
Being Canada’s next governor general will be Mary Simon’s most challenging diplomatic mission yet.
Considering our relationships to stories about the past and looking at learning as a process of encounter can help Canadians to become better treaty partners.
As the US debates reparations for descendants of slavery, cases in Africa help illustrate the limits of programs focused solely in financial restitution.
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.
Narratives that historicize colonialism are not new. Canadians and our leaders have a long history of denying our settler colonial present.
The first of a series of fatal flaws in the idea is about where to draw the line.
A study in one Alberta school board found racism contributes to poor attendance of on-reserve Indigenous students in public schools, despite educators not recognizing this as a barrier.
In each of his novels, he explored questions that shifted South Africa’s cultural debates, especially about memory and race.
His appearance on behalf of the families of mine workers shot by the police at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry was just one of his efforts to seek justice for the poor and marginalised.
Mandela left at the right time in 1999, when the country still seemed in a healthy state, after which he consolidated his international reputation.
Reconciliation cannot be achieved by the brute force of the RCMP or the self-interests of energy companies.
Decolonized education means working with settler teachers to overcome guilt and find the courage to acknowledge privilege, racism and colonialism to work in partnership for a better future.
The Timol ruling will not only have implications for crimes under apartheid, but also put the focus on torture within the South African Police Service.